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  • In 1965, Jack Burby, the press secretary to the Democratic governor of California, Pat Brown, scrawled a comment across an article about a movie actor named Ronald Reagan who was contemplating a race against Brown: “ ‘Bring him on’ is our motto.”

    No Excuses

  • A month before he journeyed to the North Pole with the Hilary expedition, Neil had become a member of a fourteen-member commission named by President Ronald Reagan to “devise an aggressive civilian space agenda to carry America into the twenty-first century.”

    First Man

  • The scandal was particularly devastating for this president because, Schlesinger continued, Ronald Reagan was elected to be strongto stand up to the nations enemies.

    In the Shadow of the Oval Office

  • • John Hinckley, age twenty-five, took four Valium two hours before shooting and almost killing President Ronald Reagan in 1981.20 In the assassination attempt, Hinckley also wounded press secretary James Brady, Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy, and policeman Thomas Delahanty.


  • Ronald Reagan urged the defeat of the Briggs Initiative in his newspaper column.

    No Excuses

  • Ronald Reagan was thinking of publicly opposing the Briggs Initiative on the grounds that the proposition would destroy discipline in the classroom: a student who got punished or got a bad grade could retaliate by alleging that the teacher was gay.

    No Excuses

  • Art imitates life, though, and all that stuff about “trickle-down economics” had been running through the national dialogue for a while my friend Susan Bublitz, a funny comic, said it meant “the rich piss on the poor”, along with all the rest of that jazz that rich guys used to love Ronald Reagan for saying.

    Roseanne Archy

  • Ronald Reagan had drawn on it and mounted a serious challenge to Fords nomination as the Republican Partys presidential candidate in 1976, causing Ford to back off Kissingers proposal to complete a SALT II agreement on available terms.

    In the Shadow of the Oval Office

  • Also in the paper, the results of a Gallup poll predicting that Robert Kennedy would beat either Republican, Nixon or Rockefeller, and a wry note saying that ex-actor Ronald Reagan had been chosen as California's favorite son candidate.


  • After the high of an upset win in Iowa, we lost New Hampshire, and although we rebounded to win several more importanr primaries, Ronald Reagan was well on his way to winning the nomination.

    Barbara Bush


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  • Perhaps the funniest of the US presidents. The ones I tend to agree with politically are all so serious.

    October 21, 2010

  • Thank you ruzuzu for attribution, context, source and link.

    October 21, 2010

  • For his fondness for squirrels, see Camp David.

    October 21, 2010

  • According to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum's archives (online here) the quotation is from a speech Ronald Reagan gave in 1986:

    "Well, anyway, it's wonderful to be having this White House Conference on Small Business again after almost 6 years. Things certainly have changed in the meantime. Back then, government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it. Laughter Well, with your help, I think we've turned all that around."

    October 21, 2010

  • According to jwjarvis the quote is by Ronald Reagan.

    October 21, 2010

  • What's that got to do with Reagan? Reagonomics was mostly about trimness and minimal government intervention: less spending, low corporate tax, deregulation. Subsidies of course went to the usual favourites.

    October 21, 2010

  • "Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it."

    October 21, 2010