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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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  -will bush be able to escape the law by saying 'I had no clue' like Reagan? mopaul  May-13-05 06:36 PM   #0 
  - nobody has a clue anymore  sweetheart   May-13-05 06:37 PM   #1 
  - Why do you think they set up the "surrounds himself w/ smart people" TP?  Solly Mack   May-13-05 06:40 PM   #2 
  - Not if these future ninjas have their way  Peake   May-13-05 06:40 PM   #3 
  - he has to answer to the world....  stillcool47   May-13-05 06:41 PM   #4 
  - I never thought he had a clue to begin with  Midnight Rambler   May-13-05 06:41 PM   #5 
  - i don't remember. i don't recall. i have no memory of  KaliTracy   May-13-05 06:51 PM   #6 
  - reagan said that over 150 times under oath  mopaul   May-13-05 06:54 PM   #7 
  - His apparent dumbness seems to have infected Larry Speakes  mogster   May-13-05 07:05 PM   #8 
  - reagan lied like a dog, they crucified Bill over one lie, then, dubya  mopaul   May-13-05 07:07 PM   #9 
     - guess republicans got that secret teflon coating spray that deflects  KaliTracy   May-13-05 07:21 PM   #10 
     - his lie was actually abut wether a door was open or closed.. that is what  sam sarrha   May-13-05 07:47 PM   #13 
  - No clue about what??? What are you referring to exactly?  pbartch   May-13-05 07:26 PM   #11 
  - I think they actually gave Reagan a Lobadomy, Bu$h does fall down a lot  sam sarrha   May-13-05 07:43 PM   #12 
  - bush lobotomized himself for 30 years with coke and whiskey  mopaul   May-13-05 09:30 PM   #16 
  - Dubya makes Reagan look downright intelligent  JerseygirlCT   May-13-05 07:54 PM   #14 
  - What's to escape?  nittygritty   May-13-05 08:00 PM   #15 
 

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