President Reagan Passes Away


June 5, 2004, 04:47 PM
RIP, one of the best presidents we had...:(

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June 5, 2004, 05:01 PM

June 5, 2004, 05:01 PM
I may not have always agreed with him, but I never doubted his crystal-clear love of America and the American people. He was a patriot.

If we all came to the table seeing America the way Reagan did, we'd be many steps closer to resolving our differences and grievances.

June 5, 2004, 05:12 PM
It's a sad day in America. RIP, Mr. President.

June 5, 2004, 05:16 PM
RIP, Sir.

June 5, 2004, 05:16 PM
Rest in peace, sir...

Jack T.
June 5, 2004, 05:18 PM
Rest in Peace, Mr. President. . .

vaya con Dios

June 5, 2004, 05:25 PM
A great man, a great leader. He will be missed.

June 5, 2004, 05:28 PM
One of my heroes has died today. :(

June 5, 2004, 05:29 PM
Godspeed Mr. President.

I will miss Him.

June 5, 2004, 05:44 PM
Sad to read of Mr Reagan's passing, he was a good man - one of the best Presidents America had in the 20th Century. Without him the West would not have won the Cold War as quickly as we did...we all owe him a debt of gratitude!

Mr Reagan rest in peace, you will be missed.


June 5, 2004, 05:58 PM
He will be missed - he was a great President.

His death had me reflecting for a minute on the ones we've had since he was our leader; Bush1, Clinton and Bush2. None of them could hold a candle to the leadership he provided.

June 5, 2004, 06:03 PM
He's already been missed. I missed him every day of the Clinton Admin. He was the strongest leader we had that I can remember. I can't think of anybody who lived a fuller life.


Matthew Courtney
June 5, 2004, 06:11 PM
Thank-You, Mr. President, and God bless you.

June 5, 2004, 06:14 PM
US morale has never been higher in my lifetime than when Ronald Reagan was my president. St. Peter opened the gates this mornrng.

Rest in Peace Sir.

June 5, 2004, 06:16 PM
Voting for President Reagan in 1980 was the first time I'd voted in the US since I'd become a citizen 12 years earlier.

I was well along by then in shedding my erstwhile left-liberal insanity and Reagan inspired me to begin participating in the political process of this great country.

I believe history will recognize him as one of our very greatest presidents.

We all knew this was coming; in a certain sense, he had died a few years ago.

Yet I feel very, very sad. This is a loss for all who love this country and who recognize what it stands for.

May he rest in peace.


June 5, 2004, 06:21 PM
He was definitely one of the greatest presidents to grace our fine country.
He was also a great fighter, a man of real strength.
May me Rest In Peace.
As I mourn his loss (for this country and his family) :( ,
I will also honor all the great things he did and the great person he was :) .

June 5, 2004, 06:27 PM
Perhaps the last great American president.......

June 5, 2004, 06:30 PM
When Ronald Reagan ran against Jimmy Carter, it was the first - and so far only - time I was able to vote for someone for President. instead of voting against the other guy.

The best President in my lifetime, he'll be missed. :(

June 5, 2004, 06:38 PM
RIP Mr. President. :(

June 5, 2004, 06:40 PM
Don't be sad at President Reagan's death: he's gone home, after all. Rather, be proud and glad for all the good he did in his lifetime, not only as President, but also as a man. Be thankful for all those he helped (including most of the then-Communist Bloc, who owe their freedom today in large measure to his actions). Don't mourn his death - celebrate his life!

Godspeed, Mr. President.

June 5, 2004, 06:41 PM
Yes, one of my heroes has passed away to a greater place. I will miss him!

Our world is a better place, thanks to the late president Ronald Reagan.

God Bless Mr. President

June 5, 2004, 07:09 PM
I could TRY to write some long, flowery piece about RR, but instead, I'll just say it feels like I have a big hole in my chest today.


Bill St. Clair
June 5, 2004, 07:12 PM
What do I think of Reagan? I don't recall.

Little Loudmouth
June 5, 2004, 07:21 PM
A sad day in the US today... may you rest in peace Mr. President.

June 5, 2004, 07:31 PM
A great man, and a good man too.

June 5, 2004, 07:34 PM

When Ronald Reagan ran against Jimmy Carter, it was the first - and so far only - time I was able to vote for someone for President. instead of voting against the other guy.
HankB, you took the words right out of my mouth.

June 5, 2004, 07:38 PM

June 5, 2004, 07:41 PM
it was my first national election too. glad i voted for him, he brought pride in being an american back to a lot of people.

June 5, 2004, 07:45 PM
Preacherman, thanks for putting this in the proper perspective.

Here is the text of President Reagan's announcement that he had been afflicted with Alzheimer's:

November 5, 1994

My fellow Americans, I have recently been told that I am one of the millions of Americans who will be afflicted with Alzheimer's disease.

Upon learning this news, Nancy and I had to decide whether as private citizens we would keep this a private matter or whether we would make this news known in a public way. In the past, Nancy suffered from breast cancer and I had my cancer surgeries. We found through our open disclosures we were able to raise public awareness. We were happy that as a result, many more people underwent testing. They were treated in early stages and able to return to normal, healthy lives.

So now we feel it is important to share it with you. In opening our hearts, we hope this might promote greater awareness of this condition. Perhaps it will encourage a clearer understanding of the individuals and families who are affected by it.

At the moment I feel just fine. I intend to live the remainder of the years God gives me on this Earth doing the things I have always done. I will continue to share life's journey with my beloved Nancy and my family. I plan to enjoy the great outdoors and stay in touch with my friends and supporters.

Unfortunately, as Alzheimer's disease progresses, the family often bears a heavy burden. I only wish there was some way I could spare Nancy from this painful experience. When the time comes, I am confident that with your help she will face it with faith and courage.

In closing, let me thank you, the American people, for giving me the great honor of allowing me to serve as your president. When the Lord calls me home, whenever that day may be, I will leave with the greatest love for this country of ours and eternal optimism for its future.

I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life. I know that for America there will always be a bright dawn ahead.

Thank you, my friends. May God always bless you.

June 5, 2004, 08:14 PM
A real LEADER of great character, courage, and determination, President Reagan won the Cold War, restored the American economy, and revitalized the United Sates military.

June 5, 2004, 08:16 PM
The man had unsurpassable courage, and will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace.

La Pistoletta
June 5, 2004, 08:18 PM
I've never even been in the US, but: rest in peace.

June 5, 2004, 08:22 PM
He was a great man, and easily the greatest president of the 20th century, possibly the greatest since Jefferson.

I hope they bury him at Arlington. :(

NC Shooter
June 5, 2004, 08:36 PM
What a great man and a wonderfull life. A true hero.

He will be buried at his library in California.

June 5, 2004, 08:38 PM
RIP Mr. President. You will always be my hero.

Ala Dan
June 5, 2004, 09:33 PM
Sir, you were the greatest President in my life time!
We love and respect all the great things you did for
America. May GOD shed his grace on thee, and may
you forever rest in peace; as we extend our deepest
condolence and sympathy to your family!

Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member

June 5, 2004, 09:41 PM
One of the greatest presidents in U.S. history is now awaiting the Resurrection in Jesus Christ, our Lord.

We will miss him.

God's finger touched him, and he slept. - Tennyson

Scott & Shelley Bradfield

June 5, 2004, 09:42 PM
Though I only got to vote for him in mock school elections, there hasn't been a better President in my lifetime. I was proud to serve under him while he was CINC. I actually got to shake the man's hand during a Presidential visit to Pearl Harbor in 1986 or 87.

Godspeed, Mr. President.

June 5, 2004, 09:54 PM
Today, God called Ronald Reagan home, to take his place alongside the other Giants of history.

President Reagan is now in the company of God, alongside Winston Churchill, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and the others.

Mankind produces very few true GIANTS! Ronald Reagan was one of them.

May God grant you rest from your labors, Mr. President. This world is a better, safer, and more free place because of your efforts. So long as the spark of libery burns in the hearts of men, you will be fondly remembered. Rest in peace!

June 5, 2004, 09:56 PM
Whenever I think about the concept of courage, clarity of purpose, and determination of spirit, I hear these words:

"Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"

June 5, 2004, 10:04 PM
His determination to adhere to the simpler principles and apply them against the grave dangers facing all of us during the Cold War made him an awesome leader.

Today was truly a sad day.

Matthew Courtney
June 5, 2004, 10:36 PM
Right now, in Heaven, Dutch is poking fun at Hamilton's overblown view of the Federal government. Jefferson is laughing his butt off. Washington is chuckling. FDR is crying. And Hamilton is looking around the poker table wondering who the sucker is.

June 5, 2004, 10:58 PM
President Reagan truly was my hero! The best President I have ever known

June 5, 2004, 11:17 PM
A sad day rest in peace Mr. President.

Bill St. Clair
Senior Member

Registered: Dec 2002
Location: Upstate New York
Posts: 144
What do I think of Reagan? I don't recall.

That was quite rude, try to recall what your Mother told you in these situations if you have one. Joshua

June 5, 2004, 11:20 PM
Only appreciate him even more as the years go by. God rest his soul.

June 5, 2004, 11:40 PM
Bill, what a terrible and immature thing to say. Try to walk the High Road.

And Mr. President, Rest In Peace. God bless.

June 6, 2004, 12:16 AM
I was old enough to vote for President Reagan in 84 and I will never forget how he brought pride back to this country. Not just pride to be an American but also pride on a global level.
Before he came to lead this great nation I remember all the things that went wrong JFK assasinated, Vieatnam, the gas embargo, VP Agnew and then Nixon, Ford was never given a chance and then Carter and the Iranian hostage crisis. By the time The Great Communicator came along this country was as low as it has ever been there was no morale and nobody waved a flag. It was a truly sad time for this country and Reagan changed everything and he is the yardstick that I measure all future Presidents by.

I knew this day was coming and didn't know it would hit me this hard sorry if I rambled on.

Mr. President you were a true American who cared about the good of this country above all else Thank You for your service and may God welcome you into His home and let you get the rest you earned.

Gary H
June 6, 2004, 12:20 AM
He deserved better than these last years. Now He had an amazing life. We owe him.

June 6, 2004, 12:34 AM
What more can I add? A great man and a great loss. Two of my uncles suffer/ed from the disease. One is still with us.

Bill St Clair - I do enjoy jokes, even sick ones at times, but yours was completely inappropriate. May you .............. grow up?

Sylvilagus Aquaticus
June 6, 2004, 12:50 AM
He's earned his rest. RWR lived a remarkable life and most likely prevented the 'inevitable' nuclear exchange between the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. He remade himself in the Goldwater mold in the 1960's and adopted his common sense leadership.

He was a good man and a good leader.

Earlier this evening I was looking in on our acquaintances at DU and was surprised that, almost to a one, the vitriol towards RWR flowed so.

You'd figure people would have at least a shred of human decency.

Farewell, Mr. President, with the thanks of your American nation.


June 6, 2004, 01:01 AM
I miss him. Ronald Reagan often talked a better game than he managed to play, but he did talk it, and I think he was as true to his own vision as he could manage. One of the last optimists in politics, one of the last who could make a sincere appeal to listeners higher aspirations. ...There goes the last of the "Goldwater branch," darn it.


June 6, 2004, 01:06 AM
Well, folks... think about this. There have been some splendid Presidents through the history of the U.S. Many of them are known by every school kid.. or at least they used to be... but the point is, there are about one hand full of truly great Presidents and personally, I consider him one of them.

The whole point of my post is that we have all been priviledged to have lived during his terms in office. We should consider ourselves lucky in the grand scheme of history. We won't read about it, cause we lived it.


Cool Hand Luke 22:36
June 6, 2004, 01:37 AM
I recall one of the first comments Reagan made after beginning his first term, It was that the Soviet Union was going to have to accomadate itself to the West or there was undoubtly going to be war. It was inspiring to hear after 8 years of Vietnam, Watergate, the Hostage Crises, Stagflation, etc. He really said that times had changed for the better, and they did with Reagan.

R.I.P. Mr. President.

June 6, 2004, 01:53 AM
He was the first president I ever remembered. Rest in peace, good sir.

June 6, 2004, 02:12 AM
Whether you liked the man or not, the one thing I always liked about him is that he would NEVER apologise for being an American.

I hope the current leadership can pick up a few pointers from President Reagan's example-we sorely need it.

June 6, 2004, 04:07 AM
I am torn between gladness and sadness. I am glad that his, and especially Nancy's, ordeal is over but sad that he is gone.

Thank God that he lasted through the Clinton years. I can't imagine how angry I would have been having the most respected president we know being eulogized by the most disrespected president we know.

Bill St. Clair
June 6, 2004, 06:50 AM
I was intending to leave my comments at, "I don't recall,", since I think it sums up Mr. Reagan's presidency nicely. It was not a joke. But since everybody is praising a man who I don't think deserves that praise, I'll go into more detail.

I don't think Reagan developed base criminality in the White House to nearly the extent of the subsequent holders of his office, but I think he was lying when he testified that he didn't recall. For those who don't remember (and I was one of you until I did a Google search), he was being asked about Iran-Contra. His administration traded arms for drugs, so that they could support a war that Congress had explicitly forbidden. Then they sold those drugs in America, and arrested people for using them. They started the crack epidemic. It is certainly possible that Bush the Elder pulled the wool over Reagan's eyes, so that he was not aware of much of what went on. He wasn't as stupid as Bush the Younger, but he was no bright light either.

Reagan's rhetoric was wonderful. I have enjoyed reading his speeches, and enjoyed hearing his jokes on the television last night. The reason I have no respect for the man is because while talking about smaller government, he lorded over a massive increase in the deficit, not as bad as Bush, but record-breaking at the time. And no, he had nothing to do with the fall of communism. Communism fell under its own weight, as happens to any socialist government, and as will happen, likely during our lifetimes, right here in the United Socialist States of America.

If the extent of Reagan's increase in the drug war had been to follow Nancy's advice and "Just Say No!" I'd have no problem with it. But it wasn't that way. His administration accellerated the rate of imprisonment of peaceful people for the "horrible" crime of ingesting vegetables that changed their consciousness. As far as I'm concerned, kidnapping and caging hundreds of thousands of people people because you don't like their morality is a crime against humanity.

Bottom line: Reagan was a fairly good B-movie actor who played the part of President for eight years. America loves its cowboys. Hence, he was popular.

As far as the human side of this, I'm sure it's a relief to Nancy Reagan. My grandmother died of Alzheimer's. I remember visiting her when she thought I was my Dad or didn't know me at all. My Dad died of a Parkinson's-like disease. He didn't lose his mind to nearly the extent of my grandmother, but he was often confused, and had a hard time getting around. Fortunately, my mother was able to take care of him at home the whole time.

June 6, 2004, 08:38 AM
Concerning your doubts about his inability to recall about Iran-Contra....he may be lying, then again he may not. However, his does have a case of Alzheimer's disease which comes slowly and gradually and causes memory loss. As to your statement that the Soviet Union fell under its own weight, get real! If Reagan didn't force them to realize that they could not match us step for step, we would still be facing them in Germany today. You are wrong because even now, those living in Eastern Europe are saying how Reagan helped free them. It is time to see the truth and be set free! RIP Ronnie, may angels bring you to your home.

Mr Jody Hudson
June 6, 2004, 09:53 AM
Thank you Mr. President. You won me over with your courage, veracity, patriotism and strength.

Here is a MultiMedia Tribute to him from the Heritage Foundation...

June 6, 2004, 10:06 AM
The Gipper's gone home. We'll miss him.

God bless you and keep you, Ronald Reagan.

Sean Smith
June 6, 2004, 10:11 AM
Communism fell under its own weight, as happens to any socialist government.

You mean like North Korea and China? ;)

rock jock
June 6, 2004, 10:26 AM
I can only hope that every American generation would know a leader who inspired as much confidence and pride in bring an American as Reagan inspired in me when I was a man in my late teens and early twenties.

June 6, 2004, 10:31 AM (

June 6, 2004, 10:35 AM
Rest In Peace , President Reagan!

As for Bill, I thought of responding, but he is not worth the effort. he sounds like someone who slept through the '80s.

June 6, 2004, 11:05 AM
President Reagan was the best president in my 60 years on this planet. His leadership directly resulting in winning the Cold War, the tearing down of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Empire. What a legacy!! Yes, the deficit increased; but the economy increased. And the Cold War was a war. Deficits always increase in wartime. It was worth it.

Mr. President, I thank you and salute you. It was an honor to serve you as my Commander-in Chief. God bless you, Sir; rest in peace.

June 6, 2004, 11:07 AM
Go read the DU litany of vile hatred and lies they're writing about this great man, who's only crime is to have loved America more than he loved himself.

The American people see and hear, and these people will find themselves more and more on the lunatic fringe of politics. Where they belong.

June 6, 2004, 02:20 PM
Glad that God decided to call the ole Gipper Home. He suffered too many years.

God Bless, Mr. President.

Bill, you should learn some respect. My hope is that somebody will teach you the old fashioned way, one day when you open your mouth like that again.

June 6, 2004, 02:32 PM
And no, he had nothing to do with the fall of communism.

Uh sure, can we say - someone's credibility just flew out the window?

Reagan was a great man and I am truly saddened at his passing.


June 6, 2004, 05:45 PM
And no, he had nothing to do with the fall of communism.Interesting that you should think that because even Mikhail Gorbachev has credited Reagan for that feat; but what would he know about that?

June 6, 2004, 09:38 PM
This is the only President that I have shed a tear for.

Rest in Peace Mr Reagan. You have served mankind well.

June 6, 2004, 10:05 PM
Despite the fact that I don't agree with alot of the policies he set forth he was one of our greatest Presidents IMO.

He believed in America and he believed in you.

R.I.P. Ronald Reagan.

June 6, 2004, 10:27 PM
He was my commander-in-chief, and I was proud to serve with him as our President. God Bless him.

June 7, 2004, 01:14 AM
To those that are uneasy with his doctrine......, read it.

Quit listening to others telling you about it and read it yourself.

Or do you like the thing about"..... You cant HANDLE the truth....."



The Kidd
June 7, 2004, 04:32 AM
Rest In Peace, Mr. President.

I know he has been gone in one way for several years. I was sad about that, but I did NOT expect to be moved to tears on hearing of his death. Pres. Reagan was the first president I ever voted for, my first election; following Nixon, Ford, carter... My God what a change!! He made us proud again. Do you remember the 70's before his election? Where would we be now without this man?

June 7, 2004, 07:20 AM
Russia tried and failed to keep up with our weapons program. In doing so, it destroyed their country finiancially. The hint of our SDI development forced the USSR to divert its already unsteady economic situation into a funding of an arms race. It failed and Mr Gorbachav tore down that wall.

Gotta love him stating that "Government is the problem". May he RIP.

June 7, 2004, 07:52 AM
A great hero has taken his place in Valhalla.

June 7, 2004, 07:57 AM
I'm not the kind of guy that gets choked up, but...

Reagan is the first president I remember. I was born in 1975, and one of my first memories is coming home from school and watching the coverage of Reagan getting shot, while eating a Baby Ruth candy bar.

Since then we have had a string of terrible presidents. Liars, prevaricators, and hypocrites all.

Everybody talks about how great the "good ol' days" were. For me the eighties are the good 'ol days, and President Reagan is a huge part of that.


June 7, 2004, 08:06 AM
Yep, whenever I think of the word President, it isn't Bill Clinton's face that I see. I was born in 1975 too, and I'll probably always think of Ronnie as The President.

June 7, 2004, 08:14 AM
President Reagan was exactly what we needed when he was elected in November of 1980. I remember that, after 4 years of Carter, we were in pathetic shape. Many military families were so poor that they lived in their cars next to the piers. Our military barely had enough working equipment to fulfill their missions.

Interest rates were high, and inflation was even higher. Then, upon all that, there was the Iran Hostage crisis. By then end of the Carter administration, America was a super power in name only.

Because of President Reagan's leadership, we became strong again. After 4 years of weak leadership under Carter, we were able to live up to our potential once again.

God Bless President Reagan, and may he rest in well-deserved peace.

June 7, 2004, 05:34 PM
Reagan's accomplishments have affected all of our lives, and will do so for many years to come.

My wish is that all of us will be fortunate enough to see his like again.



June 8, 2004, 03:57 AM
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The Russians are mourning his passing, and Gorbachev called him a great leader.

"I take the death of Ronald Reagan very hard. He was a man with whom destiny brought me into contact during the most difficult years of the last century when we on both sides of the divide felt that a nuclear conflict was looming; and it felt as if the arms race was spiraling out of control -- that we couldn't control the military machine properly." -- Mikhail Gorbachev

The lead news story on Russian television news has been the death of Ronald reagan. They called him "One of the greatest politicians of the Twentieth Century."

June 8, 2004, 05:22 AM
The Russians are mourning his passing, and Gorbachev called him a great leader.

"I take the death of Ronald Reagan very hard. He was a man with whom destiny brought me into contact during the most difficult years of the last century when we on both sides of the divide felt that a nuclear conflict was looming; and it felt as if the arms race was spiraling out of control -- that we couldn't control the military machine properly." -- Mikhail Gorbachev

The lead news story on Russian television news has been the death of Ronald reagan. They called him "One of the greatest politicians of the Twentieth Century."

Outstanding. It's a tribute in itself.

June 8, 2004, 02:14 PM
Gorbachev will be attending the funeral.

John G
June 8, 2004, 02:19 PM
Another son of '75 here, and President Reagan is the first president I remember too. He won the cold war, and kept the press spinning in circles, instead of letting them lead him around with polls and popularity ratings. A good man, a great leader.

June 8, 2004, 02:37 PM
BTW, for all of the bad we say about Ahnold, when he got to the President's viewing he could have simply walked inside. Instead, he took his place at the end of the line and waited his turn like everyone else.

June 8, 2004, 04:07 PM
I have been watching the coverage on his life and what a truely amazing president he was. Not just was he the President, but a true statesman and a GOOD person.

He took the time to be pen pals with people instead of sending everyone stupid generic letters. Also, there was a story of him giving a speech at a soldier's funeral or memorial and a lil 4yo ish boy coming up to him asking him to bring his daddy back. Reagan picked him up and hugged him and starting crying and saying I wish...I am thankful Bush2 is trying to mold himself after Reagan.

Also, I think it is great Bush2 is continuing the tradition Clinton broke of being in a suit at all times in the oval office.

June 9, 2004, 02:35 PM
Gorbachev pays respect to Reagan

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has paid tribute to former US President Ronald Reagan, who died today aged 93.

"I feel deep regret," said the last Soviet leader, who met Mr Reagan on the sidelines of a meeting in Geneva in 1985 before the two held a historic summit in Reykjavik the following year as Mr Reagan launched a series of meetings that led to an easing of tensions, and eventually to the Soviet Union's collapse.

"For me, Ronald Reagan is a great president," Mr Gorbachev told Moscow Echo radio.

He said that Mr Reagan appeared at the right place at the right time because other leaders in his place might have only heightened the tensions between Moscow and Washington at a time of intense military stand-off, with the threat of nuclear war looming.

"I do not know how other officials would have acted in his place at that moment, because the situation was very tense," Mr Gorbachev said.

"Reagan, who was considered to be far-right, made steps toward us, and herein lies his credit."


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