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mdmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-27-08 08:12 PM
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I have an unfavorable opinion of former President Ronald Reagan
Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of former President Ronald Reagan?
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ayeshahaqqiqa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-27-08 08:13 PM
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1. Unfavorable
unfavorable at the time he was President, and unfavorable now. He is the one who ruined our country.
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mdmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-28-08 06:55 AM
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40. I was in 5th grade when Carter lost his reelection
I thought the world was gonna end...
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NatBurner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-28-08 07:48 AM
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43. me too- soon after? ketchup was a vegetable
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Aloha Spirit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-30-08 01:43 PM
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59. haha, that's ONE way to trace history.
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NRaleighLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-27-08 08:14 PM
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2. That is the most polite way I've ever seen it put! He made me nearly as ill to listen to as Bush!
Empty suit, not very bright, total BS, no substance, and did a load of damage. How's that for an unfavorable opinion! (and I am just getting going)....
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MrModerate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-27-08 08:16 PM
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3. He had good presentation skills and was effective at managing . . .
Human interactions in a reasonably civilized fashion.

Beyond that he was an unmitigated disaster, and sowed the seeds of Bushism, the bitter harvest of which we are suffering under now.
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L0oniX Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-27-08 08:16 PM
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4. I hated the SOB and Nancy back when he was governor of CA.
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blue neen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-27-08 08:17 PM
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5. OMG!
My son, who is now 24, says his earliest memory is of me shooting rubber bands at the TV set every time Reagan came on! I couldn't even stand the sight of him.
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-27-08 08:19 PM
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6. the man was absolutely sickening
count me among the 10 percent who never, EVER fell for his act
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BeatleBoot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-27-08 08:23 PM
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7. Bonzo Went To Bitburg
I refer to the Ramones song about him.

In Germany, when he laid the wreath on the Nazi SS grave site and he was supposed to lay it on the American GI's gravesite.





Not favorable.
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Thothmes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-28-08 07:21 AM
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42. The Bitburg Military Cemetary did not contain any American
graves. The military cemetary contains graves of 2000 German soldiers from WWI and WWII. Forty seven of those graves are of men who served in the
Waffen SS. Reagan did not lay the wreath. General Ridgeway and General Steinhoff laid the wreath at the foot of the monument at the cemetary.
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BeatleBoot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-28-08 09:44 PM
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50. Full Story Here.
Edited on Wed May-28-08 09:46 PM by BeatleBoot
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rug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-27-08 08:24 PM
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8. I like him much more now than when he was alive.
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TomInTib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-27-08 08:26 PM
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12. I prefer him dead, too.
But I just wish he would have gone out in mind-shredding pain.

And his bitch wife, as well.
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John Kerry VonErich Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-30-08 01:41 PM
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58. Lets not go that direction
It's great that people had an unfavorable opinion of him, but don't go in the same direction as the freepers who danced when Ted Kennedy had a tumor et al.
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Mooney Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-27-08 08:28 PM
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16. He certainly has done a lot less to piss me off
since he shit his Depends for the last time.
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AllentownJake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-27-08 08:25 PM
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9. I respect his skills
However I think he was a disaster for the Mentally ill in this country and CA.
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ruggerson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-27-08 08:26 PM
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10. For a scumsucking murderer
I guess he wasn't too bad
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Mooney Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-27-08 08:26 PM
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11. He was the second-worst president in American history
in my not particularly humble opinion.
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SoonerPride Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-27-08 08:26 PM
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13. Unfavorable x 100,000
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-27-08 08:26 PM
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14. I was just talking about some of Reagan's "friends"........
Frederick J. Ryan Jr., former Assistant to U.S. President Ronald Reagan, and currently chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Foundation, is president and CEO of The Politico.
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

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MadMaddie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-27-08 08:28 PM
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15. Reagan the man that turned his back on the greatest scourge
Edited on Tue May-27-08 08:30 PM by MadMaddie
"Aids", simply because he was homophobic...little did he know that his inaction would impact the US in staggering death statistics and billions of dollars in health cost. There is your Reagan legacy.
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DavidDvorkin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-27-08 08:31 PM
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17. He was a slimeball pile of shit
The world was improved when he died.
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Liberal Gramma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-27-08 08:41 PM
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18. It'll take another 20 years to undo the damage his presidency did
That said, I really like his son, Ron. Interesting that he could grow up in a uber-Republican family and turn out a progressive.
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grantcart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-27-08 10:28 PM
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36. hey ! I resemble that remark
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juno jones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-27-08 08:46 PM
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19. Frankly I hate the old bastard.
The only thing he ever did for me was to fuck up the work situation so bad in my midwestern hometown that I was forced to move to the West Coast.

Living out here is the silver lining of those horrible 8 years, 12 years if you count GHWB's seamless segue.
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frickaline Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-27-08 08:48 PM
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20. His speeches made me want to puke
I used to have to listen to them in the car with my dad. He had them on tape. I should have called social services.
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Why Syzygy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-27-08 08:48 PM
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21. Unfavorable. Trading arms and drugs kind of dulls the admiration.
Of course our current chief in thief is guilty of the same. Unfavorable for him too.

Not to say Ronnie never signed a decent piece of legislation. He WAS responsible for the economic crash which his veep (Bush) reaped while in office.
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muntrv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-27-08 09:16 PM
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22. Unfavorable. Between his campaign in Neshoba County, MS and
Edited on Tue May-27-08 09:19 PM by muntrv
laying the wreath on the SS officers grave and Iran/Contra, I put him down with Nixon and Chimpy.
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mitchum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-27-08 09:21 PM
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23. Given the opportunity, I would piss on his grave...
so,I guess my opinion is unfavorable
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LWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-27-08 09:23 PM
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24. Unfavorable.
And that's a gross understatement.

Which is why hearing a Democratic candidate praise Reagan while decrying the "excesses of the 60s and 70s makes me :puke:.
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crankychatter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-27-08 09:23 PM
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25. The way they lionized that SOB... him AND Nixon....
gives me a righteous pain in the ass
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Colobo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-27-08 09:25 PM
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26. Somewhat favorable. Mostly unfavorable.
Edited on Tue May-27-08 09:26 PM by Katzenkavalier
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Old Codger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-27-08 09:46 PM
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27. understatement
He was a dipshit when he was governer in Cal. he did immeasurable damage there and then they let him do the same thing to the country.. complete idiot.
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yardwork Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-27-08 09:48 PM
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28. Unfavorable doesn't even come close to how I feel about him.
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Arugula Latte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-27-08 09:49 PM
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29. He disgusted me so much he turned me into an instant and lifelong liberal when I was 14.
So, I guess I have that to thank him for.
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Beregond2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-27-08 10:07 PM
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30. Do you really need to ask?
He was the worst president in our history, until the current one. And the current one would never have been possible if he hadn't laid the ground work.
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Ysabel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-27-08 10:13 PM
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31. raygun
Edited on Tue May-27-08 10:15 PM by Ysabel
edit: raygun <----ZAP...!!!

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Elspeth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-27-08 10:15 PM
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32. Finally, a thread we can all agree on.
:kick:

BIG KICK!
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grantcart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-27-08 10:19 PM
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33. Well way back in the 60s and 70s I was in high school and from a Republican
family and we went to see him at a Lincoln day dinner. I thought he was a hysterical person to run for public office and not very sharp. During the 80s I was overseas and would bet with the senior staff of the US Embassy that he would not be elected President - both times - cost me a fortune.

Living outside the US we didn't see his TV appearences as President and what we read made him look like a fool. It was just a mystery to me.
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baldguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-27-08 10:21 PM
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34. "unfavorable" is too mild.
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salguine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-27-08 10:27 PM
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35. Yeah. He was a fucking disaster.
He started all this deregulation-mania that our entire society is paying a terrible price for now.
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galledgoblin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-27-08 10:33 PM
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37. unfavorable
the man and his followers not only put this nation on hold, they actually reversed much of the progress made!
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iconicgnom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-27-08 10:50 PM
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38. I can't think of a single thing I liked about him as POTUS

But I hear he did a middling job playing "the guy in white hat" in b-movies.
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dana_b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-27-08 10:51 PM
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39. ...
:puke:
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JVS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-28-08 06:59 AM
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41. Very unfavorable
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varelse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-28-08 07:49 AM
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44. Unfavorable would be an understatement
He's one of the very few human beings I have truly hated.
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ElsewheresDaughter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-28-08 07:50 AM
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45. I LOATHE the bastid!
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WinkyDink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-28-08 07:50 AM
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46. Excuse me. RR was a Republican. Iran-Contra. Ed Meese. James Watt. Bitburg.
WHY DO YOU EVEN ASK????
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DeeDeeNY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-28-08 08:02 AM
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47. One of Reagan's first acts on moving into the White House
Was to remove the solar panels installed by Carter.
And then there were the air traffic controllers.
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racaulk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-28-08 08:06 AM
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48. Unfavorable
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GTurck Donating Member (569 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-28-08 08:28 AM
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49. Totally unfavorable..
Since before the election in 1980. We saw friends and neighbors voting for Reagan with wild enthusiasm who months later lost their jobs because of his policies. Our oldest sons graduated from high school in the early years of his reign and could find no jobs that would have allowed them to move out or get an education; everything was cut and the recession was deeper than now. My husband's job, at Reynold's Metals became 12/7 much of Reagan's term. After a while they even ceased to ask if he wanted the extra work and just scheduled it and stopped hiring altogether (for the next 19 years until the company collapsed). His union, the United Steelworkers, lost negotiation after negotiation on pay raises and plant safety.
Unfavorable hardly covers it!
:evilfrown:
"Hell is truth seen too late" W.S. Coffin
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GoesTo11 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-28-08 09:53 PM
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51. I see a lot of hatin' here
But really, compared to the last 7 1/2 years, Reagan's presidency was nirvana.

On its own terms, his presidency had a lot of bad effects regarding concentration of wealth and power.

But: Inflation really was a serious problem, and he stood by Paul Volcker to raise interest rates enough to shock the country out of it. That seemed to actually work and painful as it was to those who lost jobs at the time, the net amount of pain was probably less than was being caused by the ongoing inflation.

Also, at least Reagan had the sense to work with Gorbachev when the offers started coming.

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Straight Shooter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-28-08 09:57 PM
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52. You mean that vile, disgusting silver-tongued rat bastard who proved how stupid U.S. voters can be?
I have an unfavorable opinion of him.
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Occam Bandage Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-28-08 09:58 PM
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53. There's a lot we can learn from his technique. I hate what he did with it.
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BigAnth Donating Member (285 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-28-08 10:00 PM
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54. Hey now, don't blame ol' Ronnie for all of that......
After all, he was just following the advice of Nancy's astrologer!!!!!!
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Jersey Devil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-28-08 10:01 PM
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55. He would have been better with Jack Benny as Sec State
Back to the Future
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ithinkmyliverhurts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-28-08 10:05 PM
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56. Unfavorable. I was in the sixth grade when he was elected. My parents were apoltical.
I grew up with kids who were much older than I, so I had a foul mouth from the 1st grade. I made South Park kids look tame.

Upon Reagan's election my teacher brought in a picture of the man to teach us who our president was (I doubt there was anything ideological, just educational). The man looked plastic in this picture--a Brill-cream add gone horribly wrong.

So I said, "He looks like Frankenstein." The kids laughed. I waited for the pause. And continued: "like Frankenstein's alcoholic mother peed on him."

Detention--2 weeks. Fuckin' Reagan. Parents were notified. They laughed. I got grounded. But they laughed.
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Forkboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-28-08 10:33 PM
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57. I wish he could come back to life just so I can enjoy his death one more time.
That answer your question? :P
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