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Ronald Reagan, 93, dies
    #2766481 - 06/05/04 04:51 PM (12 years, 11 months ago)

http://abcnews.go.com/sections/SciTech/US/reaganobit040605-1.html

June 5, 2004 ? Former President Ronald Reagan, the actor and politician whose conservative vision and sunny outlook transformed America, has died. He was 93.


Reagan, the nation's 40th president, had suffered from Alzheimer's disease, a debilitating brain disorder diagnosed several years after he left office in 1989. The disease had grown progressively worse to the point where the former president could no longer speak, feed himself or recognize his family.

A journeyman actor, union president and California governor before he won the presidency in a landslide on his third try, Reagan became known as the Great Communicator. With movie-star charisma and a natural feel for television cameras, he rejuvenated the Republican Party, and along with it, the nation.

"Reagan does not argue for American values, he embodies them,? wrote Garry Wills in Reagan's America. "Even young people who did not grow up with Reagan, or grow up hearing him on the radio or watching him in the movies, have accepted his version of the past as their own best pledge of the future."

Critics protested his cuts in social programs, his buildup in military spending and a hands-off management style that led to a series of scandals. But many Americans enjoyed an economic joyride during his eight years in office, once "Reaganomics" wrenched the country out of the stagnation and malaise of the Carter years.

The Teflon President

While Reagan's conservative policies were not universally admired, his likeable demeanor deflected criticism. He became known as the "Teflon President," enjoying popularity ratings not seen since President Roosevelt during World War II.

Reagan's tough talk against the "Evil Empire" of the Soviet Union also won him support at home and abroad ? British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was a particular fan ? and some credited him with hastening the demise of communism around the world.

His political honeymoon also lasted longer than most presidents', for several reasons. At the very moment of his swearing in, the Iranian government finally released 52 American hostages, raising the nation's spirits immeasurably.

And just two months later, Reagan was shot in the lung by John Hinckley, a deranged man who thought assassinating the president would impress actress Jodie Foster. Despite the seriousness of his wounds, Reagan quickly returned to work at the Oval Office.

Reagan, 69 at his inauguration, was the oldest U.S. president, but carefully scripted photo-ops assured the public of his vigor. It wasn't until 1994, in a personal, handwritten letter to the American people, that Reagan revealed that he was suffering from Alzheimer?s disease.

"I now begin the journey," he wrote, "that will lead me into the sunset of my life."

Had the journey begun much earlier, during his time as president? All four of Reagan's White House doctors said no, blaming the normal effects of age for his frequent memory lapses, incidents of confusion and habit of falling asleep at meetings.

'One for the Gipper'

Ronald Wilson Reagan was born on Feb. 6, 1911, in the little town of Tampico, Ill. His father was a shoe salesman who drank his slim profits, and the family moved often. His mother was very religious, and raised Ronald and his brother Neil in the Disciples of Christ Church.

Young Ronald excelled at physical activities, and a plaque in Dixon, Ill., claims he saved 77 people from drowning during his years as a lifeguard there. He played football at a local college, Eureka, acted in the drama society and graduated in 1932 with a bachelor's degree in economics and sociology.

Reagan found work as a radio announcer in Iowa, impressing his bosses and winning over audiences with his knack for embellishing stories. Since his station couldn't afford to send him to Chicago, he fooled listeners, using wire service reports and a lively imagination to describe Cubs games as if he were inside the stadium.

Eventually he turned to a more lucrative acting career, appearing in B-movies such as Bedtime for Bonzo, but also in more substantial features as King's Row and Knute Rockne, All American, the film that gave him the nickname, "the Gipper."

Disqualified from combat duty by his poor eyesight, he spent the war years in Los Angeles making Army training films and patriotic features, but gamely went along with studio p.r. that suggested he bravely served overseas.

In 1947, he appeared before the House Committee on Un-American Activities as a witness, and while serving as president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1947-1960, cooperated with the FBI and Sen. Eugene McCarthy in the notorious blacklisting of alleged communists in Hollywood.

He later blamed the unwillingness of liberals to confront the Red Scourge for his switch to the GOP, a move encouraged by his second wife, actress and Republican stalwart Nancy Davis.

Reagan Takes California, Then Washington

With a group of ideological conservatives rallying around him, Ronald Reagan was elected governor of California in 1966, serving two terms. And in 1980, he reached the largest stage of his life, winning the presidency in a landslide of 50.7 percent to Jimmy Carter's 41.

On the international stage, Reagan pushed for a huge military buildup and advocated the enormously expensive ?Star Wars? defense system. Experts called it a boondoggle that would never protect the United States from nuclear attack, but Reagan's admirers contend this expanding arsenal led the Soviets to realize it was fruitless to continue a campaign for worldwide socialism.

Others argued that the forces leading to the downfall of communism were in the making even before Reagan took office. In any event, Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev began embracing capitalism and a new openness in political and intellectual life.

Iran-Contra Scandal Breaks

Reagan also confronted Soviet allies in the Middle East, the Caribbean and Central America, where his support of the Nicaraguan Contras led to the biggest scandal of his tenure.

In a secret effort organized by Lt. Col. Oliver North with support from higher-ups, Reagan?s administration sold weapons to Iran in exchange for the release of American hostages being held in Lebanon. Part of the proceeds were illegally used to support the right-wing Contra guerrillas in Nicaragua.

Although several aides were forced to resign, Reagan maintained he had no idea what what North had been up to, and his personal approval ratings remained high. When he finished his second term, the country was still enjoying economic prosperity.

It would be years before headlines screamed about the savings and loan crisis, which many blamed on his administration?s laissez-faire enforcement policies, and years more before politicians began facing up to the ballooning deficits ?Reaganomics? required.

Riding Off Into the Sunset

After leaving Washington, the leader of the Reagan Revolution retired to his California ranch, an immensely popular figure who had ushered in a new era of lean government and patriotic fervor.

He traveled, wrote his memoirs, and opened the presidential library that bears his name. But as his Alzheimer?s advanced, his public appearances dwindled. Nancy, who had always fiercely managed his image, protected his privacy.

But Reagan's departure from the public eye only seemed to feed his legend. His 90th birthday was recognized with great fanfare by the media in February 2001, and that same month he was voted the "greatest U.S. president" in a Gallup survey of Americans.

But even as Reagan's legend grew, his health suffered a setback. The laurels over Reagan's 90th birthday came less than a month after he suffered a broken hip in a fall at his Bel Air, Calif., home and had emergency surgery.

The Reagans suffered further personal loss in August 2001, when Maureen Reagan, the former president's daughter from his first marriage, to actress Jane Wyman, died of skin cancer at age 60.

The former president's lasting popularity proved to deflect his critics even late in life when CBS producers decided not to run a 2003 television miniseries about Reagan and his family on the network. Conservative fans claimed the drama distorted Reagan's legacy. An edited version of the drama eventually aired on a cable channel.

Reagan?s survivors include his wife, Nancy, his adopted son, Michael, and his two children with Nancy, Patti Davis and Ronald Reagan Jr.


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Re: Ronald Reagan, 93, dies [Re: daba]
    #2766920 - 06/05/04 09:19 PM (12 years, 11 months ago)

Never much cared for his politics, but I still feel that he was a good man at heart. R.I.P.


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Re: Ronald Reagan, 93, dies [Re: silversoul7]
    #2767452 - 06/05/04 11:53 PM (12 years, 11 months ago)

Charm, humor and working the camera do not a great leader make.


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Re: Ronald Reagan, 93, dies [Re: Swami]
    #2767465 - 06/05/04 11:56 PM (12 years, 11 months ago)

I didn't say he was a good leader.


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Re: Ronald Reagan, 93, dies [Re: daba]
    #2767503 - 06/06/04 12:03 AM (12 years, 11 months ago)

IApart of me is glad,but my more human nature sank in and I'm saddened. I've seen what Alzheimers can do first hand,and I wish it upon no one,not even Reagan.


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Re: Ronald Reagan, 93, dies [Re: monoamine]
    #2767805 - 06/06/04 01:43 AM (12 years, 11 months ago)

Quote:

monoamine said:
IApart of me is glad,but my more human nature sank in and I'm saddened. I've seen what Alzheimers can do first hand,and I wish it upon no one,not even Reagan.




Indeed, indeed. The passing of Reagan heralds the end of an era. R.I.P.


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Re: Ronald Reagan, 93, dies [Re: Le_Canard]
    #2767921 - 06/06/04 02:27 AM (12 years, 11 months ago)

Too bad they're still toying with his silly Star Wars dream :smirk:


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Re: Ronald Reagan, 93, dies [Re: trendal]
    #2767981 - 06/06/04 02:53 AM (12 years, 11 months ago)

This is true, and meanwhile social programs get the axe and the federal deficit balloons. I suppose the "era" isn't really over after all. :frown:


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Re: Ronald Reagan, 93, dies [Re: Le_Canard]
    #2767994 - 06/06/04 03:02 AM (12 years, 11 months ago)

So....he wont be tried for his war crimes then?>

pity.


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Re: Ronald Reagan, 93, dies [Re: daba]
    #2768008 - 06/06/04 03:13 AM (12 years, 11 months ago)

He was a very nasty peice of work as his history before the presidency shows, but how much was he responsible for the policies carried out in his name when he was president and already suffering heavily from Alzheimers? I think the truest words he ever spoke were at the Irangate hearings when his defence was basically to shrug his shoulders and appear so clueless that it was clear he didn't have the faintest idea about anything being done by "his" government.


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Re: Ronald Reagan, 93, dies [Re: Xlea321]
    #2768087 - 06/06/04 03:48 AM (12 years, 11 months ago)

I think in a way he actually thought he was doing the right thing,he was just too naive and went about the wrong way of doing it.


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Re: Ronald Reagan, 93, dies [Re: Xlea321]
    #2768089 - 06/06/04 03:49 AM (12 years, 11 months ago)

wow. I used to admire you. This one post has demolished any faith I had in you. Failure to realize greatness= stupidity.

Your critics are correct.
You sir, are an idiot.

History will prove your silly-ass dead wrong.

Reagan was a great one, you and your ilk will be buried by history.
Goodbye to you and yours as your useless opinions are dumped into the dustbin of history along with the worn-out ideas already defeated.


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Re: Ronald Reagan, 93, dies [Re: zorbman]
    #2768156 - 06/06/04 04:17 AM (12 years, 11 months ago)

um, why not refute what he said instead of acting like a pissy girlfriend? Did he not act braindead during the hearings?


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Re: Ronald Reagan, 93, dies [Re: Vvellum]
    #2768177 - 06/06/04 04:26 AM (12 years, 11 months ago)

Yes,please try to varify your opinion with facts instead of stooping down to flame someone.


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Re: Ronald Reagan, 93, dies [Re: zorbman]
    #2768182 - 06/06/04 04:27 AM (12 years, 11 months ago)

Yes,please try to varify your opinion with facts instead of stooping down to flame someone.

And while you're at it...read the forum rules again :wink:


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Re: Ronald Reagan, 93, dies [Re: daba]
    #2768185 - 06/06/04 04:30 AM (12 years, 11 months ago)

Shame it wasn't dubya.
burn in hell reagan.


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Re: Ronald Reagan, 93, dies [Re: Hanky]
    #2768228 - 06/06/04 04:54 AM (12 years, 11 months ago)

Reagan was one of the best presidents. He did the best job against the cold war, but he was in such bad shape he couldnt remember anything anyway ;/.


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Re: Ronald Reagan, 93, dies [Re: monoamine]
    #2768237 - 06/06/04 05:04 AM (12 years, 11 months ago)

please try to varify your opinion

The word is "verify". Learn respect for the language and those who keep you speaking it rather than German, my friend. lol

I have not flamed anyone, but as President "Give em Hell Truman" said, "I don't give anyone hell, I just tell the truth, and they think it's hell!"

heheheee!!! Long live the true spirit of America, this is my last post here, try to summon up some gratitude for those who granted you the right to make your ingratefull, and hatefull stupid statements!!
hhehehee.

God bless America. I know that some of you know and appreciate what I am talking about. Farewell my friends. :smile:


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Re: Ronald Reagan, 93, dies [Re: zorbman]
    #2768254 - 06/06/04 05:16 AM (12 years, 11 months ago)

Apparently joo are not famillllar with the typografical error.

Reagan was a horrible president. He practically started the War On Drugs. He inflated military spending to an all time high,stockpiled nuclear weapons,ruined the economy,and even made a few presidental decisions from the advice of an astrologer.


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Re: Ronald Reagan, 93, dies [Re: monoamine]
    #2768284 - 06/06/04 05:54 AM (12 years, 11 months ago)

Regan created the great boom in the very early 90's on. He beat out the coldwar, and you cant blame the politicians for starting a war on drugs, its what they do, and will do for a long time to come. He was a very intellegent man who did what he felt was right.

Back then, military spending was necessary to beat out the Soviets.


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