One City

One City


Obama Gives Nancy Reagan Love

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Nancy Reagan got shown some love today from President Obama after a perceived diss regarding the former first lady and a strange attempted joke about her affinity for séance.

http://americanmemories.us/americanmemories/ebay/PRESIDENTS/263928~Ronald-And-Nancy-Reagan-Posters.jpg

I love sweet old ladies as much as the next polite late-generation-x guy, but it annoys me to no end how in the George W. Bush–and Post-Dubya–era we go out of our way to allow deification of Reagan on both sides of the political spectrum. Ronald Reagan was in every way oblivious to interdependence and an enemy to the poor. I don’t want to see Nancy snubbed, but I have no problem with snubbing her hubby’s legacy morning, noon, and night.


Why do we treat him with such dignity? I mean why do we remember him as
a great leader (obviously, all humans should be treated with dignity)?
I don’t know too much about Nancy’s legacy, but her husband does not
deserve the romanticized accolades he receives, from Obama and others.
I think the right-wing spin machine won another battle, the battle to
wrap an awful Reagan legacy in cotton candy. Sorry Nancy , you may be a
sweet lady, but you were married to a really harmful president, and
there’s no reason to pretend otherwise.



Advertisement
Comments read comments(4)
post a comment
Orly?

posted June 3, 2009 at 2:03 am


I was under the impression this site was about religion. This pertains to religion how? I believe there are times and places to vent about things that don’t matter, but a religious site (in my humble opinion) is not one of those places. How very Buddhist of you.



report abuse
 

Ethan

posted June 3, 2009 at 8:18 am


Hey Orly,
Well, this blog is about applying a Buddhist worldview to politics, culture, art, current events, and Buddhist practice. We talk politics all the time
In my humble opinion, Buddhism is not a religion, for a multitude of good reasons. But even if it were, why would religious blogs be precluded from talking about how bad a president Ronald Reagan was?
Hope you come back and keep commenting.



report abuse
 

gza

posted June 3, 2009 at 10:36 am


This is a great article on how the right wing spin machine did it:
http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=1832
I don’t think Obama has given Reagan too many props though.



report abuse
 

Damaris

posted June 3, 2009 at 8:28 pm


I think this is just a matter of having a bigger view.
Reagan is all gone now. True he did some damage but what’s done is done. We can’t change the past and all that remains now is a wise widow who can give good insight into the man and to his presidency.
At some point a good leader understands the importance of building a bridge despite the differences. To hold on to ones position too tightly would become bitter and risk a chance for an opportunity to change and improve a difficult situation.
By showing hospitality Obama shows his richness, his confidence and in doing so he shows other’s that he’s faithful to his promise of uniting americans. Then he can go about correcting the damage that Ronald made.
As for the Republican spin factor – it’s there, it’s always there and it will always be there but despite that we still have President Obama. Now that is a King.



report abuse
 

Post a Comment

By submitting these comments, I agree to the beliefnet.com terms of service, rules of conduct and privacy policy (the "agreements"). I understand and agree that any content I post is licensed to beliefnet.com and may be used by beliefnet.com in accordance with the agreements.



Previous Posts

More blogs to enjoy!!!
Thank you for visiting One City. This blog is no longer being updated. Please enjoy the archives. Here are some other blogs you may also enjoy: Most Recent Buddhist Story By Beliefnet Most Recent Inspiration blog post Happy Reading!

posted 2:29:05pm Aug. 27, 2012 | read full post »

Mixing technology and practice
There were many more good sessions at the Wisdom 2.0 conference this weekend. The intention of the organizers is to post videos. I'll let you know when. Here are some of my notes from a second panel. How do we use modern, social media technologies — such as this blog — to both further o

posted 3:54:40pm May. 02, 2010 | read full post »

Wisdom 2.0
If a zen master were sitting next to the chief technical officer of Twitter, what would they talk about? That sounds like a hypothetical overheared at a bar in San Francisco. But this weekend I saw the very thing at Soren Gordhamer's Wisdom 2.0 conference — named after his book of the same nam

posted 1:43:19pm May. 01, 2010 | read full post »

The Buddha at Work - "All we are is dust in the wind, dude."
"The only true wisdom consists of knowing that you know nothing." - Alex Winter, as Bill S. Preston, Esq. in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure"That's us, dude!" - Keanu Reeves, as Ted "Theodore" LoganWhoa! Excellent! I've had impermanence on my mind recently. I've talked about it her

posted 2:20:00pm Jan. 28, 2010 | read full post »

Sometimes You Find Enlightenment by Punching People in the Face
This week I'm curating a guest post from Jonathan Mead, a friend who inspires by living life on his own terms and sharing what he can with others.  To quote from Jonathan's own site, Illuminated Mind: "The reason for everything: To create a revolution based on authentic action. A social movemen

posted 12:32:23pm Jan. 27, 2010 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.