Posts tagged: Ronald Reagan
LONDON — A Channel Islands auction house says it’s selling a vial that allegedly contains blood residue from Ronald Reagan — a move denounced today by the late U.S. president’s family and his foundation.
The vial being auctioned online was used by the laboratory that tested Reagan’s blood when he was hospitalized after a 1981 assassination attempt in Washington, the PFCAuctions house said.
Reagan’s son Michael condemned the auction but said he was confident it was not his father’s blood.
“Whatever’s in the vial — could be mouse blood — it’s certainly not Reagan blood,” Reagan said in a telephone call from Los Angeles. Read more.
Would you pay for a vial of ANYONE'S blood?
Standing in front of a statue of Ronald Reagan on horseback, Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks at a campaign rally earlier today in Dixon, Ill. Dixon is the boyhood home of former President Ronald Reagan. (AP photo)
Question: Is there any Republican on the national scene that has the potential to become another Ronald Reagan?
… that a display ad in the classified section of the Coeur d'Alene Press today has some local Republicans up in arms. Entitled “Conservatives Unite,” under a mug shot of a smiling Ronald Reagan, the ad begins: “If you're frustrated with liberalism taking over in America and the Republican Party drifting away from its Conservative roots, let's do something about it.” The ad then goes on to invite individuals to the inaugaral meeting of United Conservatives of North Idaho at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at the Golden Spike Estates Clubhouse in Rathdrum. Some wonder if Bob Pedersen's Rally Right is reinventing itself as UCNI since the Rally Righters meet at Golden Spike. Also, some are upset that UCNI is trying to attach themselves to the Reagan Republicans by using Reagan's photo. Guest speakers include uberconservatives Phil Hart, Vito Barbieri, Dick Harwood, and Bonner County Commissioner Cornel Rasor.
Question: Is there room enough in Kootenai County for yet another Hard Right conservative group?
From left; Frederick Ryan , Jr., chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation; former Transportation Secretary Elizabeth Dole; Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Charles Snelling, chairman of the Board of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, take part in the unveiling of a statue of President Ronald Reagan today at Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport. A nine-foot statue honoring Reagan has been unveiled at the Washington-area airport that bears his name, more than a decade after the facility was renamed for him. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Question: Do you consider Ronald Reagan to be a good-to-great president?
Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, left, and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, center, greet each other after unveiling the new statue of late US President Ronald Reagan, during a centennial commemoration in Budapest, Hungary, earlier today. The 180 kilograms (400 pounds) and 2.18 meter (7 feet, 2 inches) tall bronze statue honors Reagan at the Freedom Square in central Budapest to mark his efforts to free the people of Hungary from the yoke of communism. (AP Photo/Bela Szandelszky)
Question: What was President Reagan's greatest accomplishment?
James Brady, the press secretary for President Ronald Reagan, and his son Scott, right, visit the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room on the 30th anniversary of the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan today. Huffington Post story here. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
DFO: I remember exactly what I did when I heard that someone had tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan 30 years ago today. I learned about the shooting a little after noon (Mountain Time), shortly after the presses of the Kalispell, Mont., Daily Inter Lake began to roll. I, as managing editor, immediately walked back to the press room — and for the first of only two times in my career ordered the presses to stop. We replated the front page with the news. And the presses began to roll a half hour later.
Question: Do you remember what you were doing when you learned of the assassination attempt against President Reagan?
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. – Ronald Reagan’s name is enshrined on an airport, an aircraft carrier, belt buckles and highways. His likeness – with that sunny smile – appears on drink coasters, statues, talking dolls and a Rose Parade float.
Conservatives make the pilgrimage to his presidential library in Simi Valley, a showcase of all things Reagan. Presidential candidates debate there, hoping to be dubbed heir to the Reagan legacy. Even President Barack Obama invokes his name.
As the 100th anniversary of his birth arrives today, and a generation after he left the White House, the nation’s 40th president is held in higher esteem now than when he was in office. More here.
I'll never forget Reagan at the Berlin Wall. What comes to mind when you think of Reagan's legacy?
Former President John F. Kennedy has the highest job approval rating of the past nine U.S. presidents, according to a Gallup Poll. Kennedy leads the list with a strong 85 percent approval rating. In second place, President Ronald Reagan boasts a 74 percent approval rating. The two presidents had close to the same numbers when the survey was taken in 2006. Meanwhile, former President Bill Clinton moved up the list, coming in at third/Kevin Cullum, Ballot Box (The Hill’s political blog). More here.
Question: Who would you pick as the best and worst among the last 9 presidents, from JFK through George W. Bush? Why?