Sunday, September 2, 2007

Reagan on Dubya: "...the one who hangs around looking shiftless."

From Wendy L. -- via Bruce S.J.-- comes old news but still relevant and worth revisiting:

This is a direct quote from the just published Reagan Diaries. The entry is dated May 17, 1986.

"A moment I've been dreading. George brought his ne're-do-well son around this morning and asked me to find the kid a job. Not the political one who lives in Florida. The one who hangs around here all the time looking shiftless. This so-called kid is already almost 40 and has never had a real job. Maybe I'll call Kinsley over at The New Republic." --Ronald Reagan

When you consider the source... it makes the insight concerning Dubya seem all the more disconcerting. In The Sword and the Shield; the Mitrokhin Archive, Vasili Mitrokhin, the KGB archivist who defected with a couple trunks full of KGB documents, produced a missive sent to Moscow by the California Communist Party stating that Ronald Reagan, although he came to several meetings with other Hollywood actors and seemed interested in joining, was refused application to become a fellow traveler because he was thought by them to be just too stupid. And this guy, breaking down before our eyes with Alzheimer's, too stupid to make a good communist when they were slap in the middle of the New Deal, has the sense to recognize Dubya as "shiftless." Now that says a lot.

If you're not from Texas, we told you so.

--progress


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