Monday, August 20, 2007

An absolute gem

I haven't read this book (wouldn't buy it if you paid me), but I find that this insight softens my otherwise unfavorable opinion of our former President. From The New Republic:


"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 and see if they'll hire him as a contributing editor or something. That looks like easy work."

-- Ronald Reagan in his recently published diaries, May 17, 1986.
Ouch.

UPDATE: Kelli tells us "The writer Kinsley is just speaking in jest and plugging himself he mentions the conversation is occuring in his imagination. The quote has been picked up but supposedly it's not in the diaries."

Still...a gem even as satire.

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7 Comments:

Blogger Mark Creegan said...

OMG THAT is Hilarious!

8/20/2007 04:22:00 PM  
Anonymous kelli said...

Ed sadly it's just satire. The writer Kinsley is just speaking in jest and plugging himself he mentions the conversation is occuring in his imagination. The quote has been picked up but supposedly it's not in the diaries.

8/20/2007 04:39:00 PM  
Blogger Edward_ said...

I knew it was too good to be true. The idea that Reagan could spell "ne're-do-well" should have told me.

funny all the same.

8/20/2007 05:38:00 PM  
Anonymous kelli said...

Satire, spreading his own name around in the media and insulting his contributing editors in one fell swoop. Ed you need to hire this guy for art fairs.

8/20/2007 05:47:00 PM  
Blogger Henry said...

Yeah, I would have been surprised if Reagan had misspelled ne'er-do-well too.

8/20/2007 06:32:00 PM  
Blogger Jonathan T. D. Neil said...

If only...Kinsley wouldn't touch the idiocy of the art world without a hazmat suit and a pair of salad tongs.

That's hysterical stuff. But Ed, would you mind terribly amending the post so that poor sots like myself don't continue to malevolently giggle ourselves into forwarding that tidbit on to our redish tinged friends only to have to retract it moments later and so suffer the WMDs and daisycutters of being called knee-jerk liberal nincompoops?

8/21/2007 08:56:00 AM  
Blogger Edward_ said...

fair enough Jonathan

and Henry...you're probably right. That phrase certainly epitomized the era Reagan was determined to drag the US back into.

8/21/2007 09:01:00 AM  

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