Ronald Wilson Reagan Part 56 (Reagan’s humor)


I have made no secret of the fact that Ronald Wilson Reagan was my favorite president. We named our son Wilson after him. He could be funny when the occasion called for it and be serious when he needed to. In the video clip below he talks about the sacrifice of those who died on D-Day. Below that I have included some of Reagan’s humor.

Reagan’s D- Day speech

Reagan’s humor


I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. congress
***Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.
[ Funny Government Quotes]***Recession is when your neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours. And recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his. (During 1980 presidential campaign)
[ Funny Political Quotes]***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, subsidise it.
[ Funny Government Quotes] [ Funny Economics Quotes]***Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.
[ Funny Political Quotes]***A Hippie is someone who walks like Tarzan, looks like Jane and smells like Cheetah. (Second book of Insults, 1981, ed. Nancy McPhee)

[ Funny Character Quotes]***Politics is supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.
[ Funny Political Quotes]***I’ve talked to you on a number of occasions about the economic problems our nation faces, and I am prepared to tell you it’s in a hell of a mess—we’re not connected to the press room yet, are we?
[ Funny Government Quotes] [ Funny Economics Quotes]***The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away.


Douglas C. Pizac / Associated Press

No. 26: Bo Kimble shoots ‘em left-handed for Hank

March 16, 1990 — Hank Gathers, the nation’s leading scorer and rebounder as a junior, was part of Loyola Marymount’s 122 point-per-game offense when he collapsed during a conference tournament game and later died. His teammate, Bo Kimble, shot his first free throw during each of the Lions’ three NCAA tourney games left-handed in honor of Gathers. He made all three in a surpring run for the No. 11 seed.

1980 Presidential Debate between Reagan and Carter

Presidential Debate with Jimmy Carter



Good evening.

I’m Ruth Hinerfeld of the League of Women Voters Education Fund. Next Tuesday is election day. Before going to the polls, voters want to understand the issues and know the candidates’ positions. Tonight, voters will have an opportunity to see and hear the major party candidates for the Presidency state their views on issues that affect us all. The League of Women Voters is proud to present this Presidential Debate.

Our moderator is Howard K. Smith.


Thank you, Ms. Hinerfeld.

The League of Women Voters is pleased to welcome to the Cleveland, Ohio, Convention Center Music Hall President Jimmy, Carter, the Democratic Party’s candidate for re-election to the Presidency, and Governor Ronald Reagan of California, the Republican Party’s candidate for the Presidency. The candidates will debate questions on domestic, economic, foreign policy, and national security issues.

The questions are going to be posed by a panel of distinguished journalists who are here with me. They are: Marvin Stone, the editor of U.S. News and World Report; Harry Ellis, national correspondent of the Christian Science Monitor: William Hilliard, assistant managing editor of the Portland Oregonian; Barbara Walters, correspondent, ABC News.

The ground rules for this, as agreed by you gentlemen, are these: Each panelist down here will ask a question, the same question, to each of the two candidates. After the two candidates have answered, a panelist will ask followup questions to try to sharpen the answers. The candidates will then have an opportunity each to make a rebuttal. That will constitute the first half of the debate, and I will state the rules for the second half later on.

Some other rules: The candidates are not permitted to bring prepared notes to the podium, but are permitted to make notes during the debate. If the candidates exceed the allotted time agreed on, I will reluctantly but certainly interrupt. We ask the Convention Center audience here to abide by one ground rule. Please do not applaud or express approval or disapproval during the debate.

Now, based on a toss of the coin. Governor Reagan will respond to the first question from Marvin Stone.


Governor, as you’re well aware, the question of war and peace has emerged as a central issue in this campaign in the give-and-take of recent weeks. President Carter’s been criticized for responding late to aggressive Soviet impulses, for insufficient buildup of our Armed Forces, and a paralysis in dealing with Afghanistan and Iran. You have been criticized for being all too quick to advocate the use of lots of muscle, military action, to deal with foreign crises, Specifically, what are the differences between the two of you on the uses of American military power?


I don’t know what the differences might be, because I don’t know what Mr. Carter’s policies are. I do know what he has said about mine. And I’m only here to tell you that I believe with all my heart that our first priority must be world peace, and that use of force is always and only a last resort, when everything else has failed, and then only with regard to our national security.

Now, I believe, also, that meeting this mission, this responsibility for preserving the peace, which I believe is a responsibility peculiar to our country, that we cannot shirk our responsibility as the leader of the Free World, because we’re the only one that can do it. And therefore, the burden of maintaining the peace falls on us. And to maintain that peace requires strength. America has never gotten in a war because we were too strong. We can get into a war by letting events get out of hand, as they have in the last 3 1/2 years under the foreign policies of this administration of Mr. Carter’s, until we’re faced each time with a crisis. And good management in preserving the peace requires that we control the events and try to intercept before they become a crisis.

But I have seen four wars in my lifetime. I’m a father of sons: I have a grandson. I don’t ever want to see another generation of young Americans bleed their lives into sandy beachheads in the Pacific, or rice paddies and jungles in Asia, or the muddy, bloody battlefields of Europe.


Mr. Stone, do you have a followup question for the Governor?


Yes. Governor, we’ve been hearing that the defense buildup that you would associate yourself with would cost tens of billions of dollars more than is now contemplated. In assuming that the American people are ready to bear this cost, then, nevertheless keep asking the following question: How do you reconcile huge increases in military outlays with your promise of substantial tax cuts and of balancing the budget, which in this fiscal year, the one that just ended, ran more than $60 billion in the red?


Mr. Stone, I have submitted an economic plan that I’ve worked out in concert with a number of fine economists in this country, all of whom approve it, and believe that over a 5-year projection this plan can permit the extra spending for needed refurbishing of our defensive posture, that it can provide for a balanced budget by 1983, if not earlier, and that we can afford — along with the cuts that I have proposed in Government spending — we can afford the tax cuts I have proposed — and probably, mainly because Mr. Carter’s economic policy, has built into the next 5 years, and on beyond that, a tax increase that will be taking $86 billion more next year out of the people’s pockets than was taken this year. And my tax cut does not come close to eliminating that $86 billion increase. I’m only reducing the amount of the increase.

In other words, what I’m talking about is not putting Government back to getting less money than Government’s been getting, but simply cutting, the increase in spending.


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