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6/12/2004


Acclamation - Part 2 - From Reagan's Friends

President George W. Bush
Speaking on Reagan’s sense of humor
    There came a point in Ronald Reagan's film career when people started seeing a future beyond the movies. The actor Robert Cummings recalled one occasion.
    "I was sitting around the set with all these people and we were listening to Ronnie, quite absorbed. I said, 'Ron, have you ever considered some day becoming president?'
    "He said, 'President of what?'
    " 'President of the United States,' I said.
    "And he said, 'What's the matter? Don't you like my acting either?' "
Former President George Herbert Walker Bush
Speaking of Reagan the comforter
    ”And one of the many memories we all have of both of them is the comfort they provided during our national tragedies.
    Whether it was the families of the crew of the Challenger shuttle or the USS Stark or the Marines killed in Beirut, we will never forget those images of the president and first lady embracing them and embracing us during times of sorrow."
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
Speaking of Reagan’s resolve
    ”Others hoped, at best, for an uneasy cohabitation with the Soviet Union; he won the Cold War -- not only without firing a shot, but also by inviting enemies out of their fortress and turning them into friends.”
    I cannot imagine how any diplomat, or any dramatist, could improve on his words to Mikhail Gorbachev at the Geneva summit:
    'Let me tell you why it is we distrust you.' Those words are candid and tough and they cannot have been easy to hear. But they are also a clear invitation to a new beginning and a new relationship that would be rooted in trust.”
Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney
Speaking of Reagan’s open love for his wife
    President Reagan had spoken to Parliament, handled complex files with skill and good humor -- strongly impressing his Canadian hosts -- and here we were, waiting for our wives.
    When their car drove in a moment later, out stepped Nancy and Mila -- looking like a million bucks. As they headed towards us, President Reagan beamed, threw his arm around my shoulder and said with a grin, "You know, Brian, for two Irishmen, we sure married up!"

posted by: Brian Scott


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