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mogster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-13-05 07:05 PM
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8. His apparent dumbness seems to have infected Larry Speakes
This is from a press conference in 1982, just as the AIDS breaks out:

"Q: Larry, does the President have any reaction to the announcement from the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, that AIDS is now an epidemic and have over 600 cases?
MR. SPEAKES: What's AIDS?
Q: Over a third of them have died. It's known as "gay plague." (Laughter.) No, it is. I mean it's a pretty serious thing that one in every three people that get this have died. And I wondered if the President is aware of it?
MR. SPEAKES: I don't have it. Do you? (Laughter.)
Q: No, I don't.
MR. SPEAKES: You didn't answer my question.
Q: Well, I just wondered, does the President ...
MR. SPEAKES: How do you know? (Laughter.)
Q: In other words, the White House looks on this as a great joke?
MR. SPEAKES: No, I don't know anything about it, Lester.
Q: Does the President, does anyone in the White House know about this epidemic, Larry?
MR. SPEAKES: I don't think so. I don't think there's been any ...
Q: Nobody knows?
MR. SPEAKES: There has been no personal experience here, Lester.
Q: No, I mean, I thought you were keeping ...
MR. SPEAKES: I checked thoroughly with Dr. Ruge this morning and he's had no - (laughter) - no patients suffering from AIDS or whatever it is.
Q: The President doesn't have gay plague, is that what you're saying or what?
MR. SPEAKES: No, I didn't say that.
Q: Didn't say that?
MR. SPEAKES: I thought I heard you on the State Department over there. Why didn't you stay there? (Laughter.)
Q: Because I love you Larry, that's why (Laughter.)
MR. SPEAKES: Oh I see. Just don't put it in those terms, Lester. (Laughter.)
Q: Oh, I retract that.
MR. SPEAKES: I hope so.
Q: It's too late.

Reagan, as gay activists still angrily point out, never mentioned the word in public until 1987, by which time about 60,000 cases had been diagnosed, of whom half had died.

The lack of significant federal funding to combat AIDS is cited by many as a major factor in the dramatic spread of the disease.

In the critical years of 1984-1985, according to his White House physician, Reagan thought of AIDS as though "it was measles and would go away"."

Found this at tompaine.com some time ago.

What if AIDS had been nipped in the bud instead of being constantly written off as 'measles'?

Tells you a lot about Reagan.
If Bush will get away with the things he have done? I find that hard to believe. There must be some sort of public trial after this, and he won't survive that politically if the media starts ... um... working again.
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