Behind the Ronald Reagan myth: “No one had ever entered the White House so grossly ill informed” – Salon.com

Posted: January 2, 2016 in American Politics

 

Comment: Here’s the truth about Ronald Reagan Republicans are loathe to recognize. It also helps explain the popularity of current Republican presidential candidates. The dumber the better seems to be the main prerequisite. Trump is the result. -PG

Reagan embarrassed himself in news conferences, Cabinet meetings. Recalling how GOP cringed at his lack of interest

No one had ever entered the White House so grossly ill informed. At presidential news conferences, especially in his first year, Ronald Reagan embarrassed himself. On one occasion, asked why he advocated putting missiles in vulnerable places, he responded, his face registering bewilderment, “I don’t know but what maybe you haven’t gotten into the area that I’m going to turn over to the secretary of defense.” Frequently, he knew nothing about events that had been headlined in the morning newspaper. In 1984, when asked a question he should have fielded easily, Reagan looked befuddled, and his wife had to step in to rescue him. “Doing everything we can,” she whispered. “Doing everything we can,” the president echoed. To be sure, his detractors sometimes exaggerated his ignorance. The publication of his radio addresses of the 1950s revealed a considerable command of facts, though in a narrow range. But nothing suggested profundity. “You could walk through Ronald Reagan’s deepest thoughts,” a California legislator said, “and not get your ankles wet.” …

Source: Behind the Ronald Reagan myth: “No one had ever entered the White House so grossly ill informed” – Salon.com

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