5-1-2013 I can't believe it's been over a year since my last post. What a slacker - yeesh!! Ü All I can say is...get ready for Update-A-Palooza!!! I'm going to get caught up by posting all the photos from the last year or so first and will then go back and journal each entry later. Ü

Saturday, February 6, 2010

The Great Communicator

President Ronald Reagan was the first president I actually remember in office.  I do remember singing "Jimmy Carter has a way of messing up the USA" during recess in elementary school, but I don't think that counts☺.  My Nana had her picture taken with him when he was Governor of California and as a kid I thought it was totally awesome my Nana "knew" the president.  As an adult I have come to admire him not only as a good president but also as a great man.  He was a confident and positive leader and had a great sense of humor.  He really loved Nancy and she loved him, something that seems to be lacking these days - especially in politics.  He had a great love & respect for all animals. Whenever I see photos of him riding his horses around his ranch, it reminds me of John Wayne which makes me think of my Papa.  He loved Jelly Belly jellybeans and would share them with everyone, even his horses. And, regardless of your politics, you have to admit the man had a way with words.  So in honor of his 99th birthday, here are some of my favorite Reagan quotes:

"It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first."
"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same."
 "One picture is worth 1,000 denials."
"I have left orders to be awakened at any time in case of national emergency, even if I'm in a cabinet meeting."
"It's true hard work never killed anybody, but I figure, why take the chance?"
"The most terrifying words in the English language are: 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'"
"Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the democrats believe every day is April 15."
"Let us be sure that those who come after will say of us in our time, that in our time we did everything that could be done. We finished the race; we kept them free; we kept the faith."

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