|June 6, 2004|
do you think of Ronald Reagan's death?
He will be greatly missed by many.
About his death: He made it to 93, that's about as close as you can get to winning. About his life: He was an actor through out and if Mr. Bush should learn anything from him it should be how to talk.
I would not wish death on anybody however I must admit that I am not exactly sad by Reagan's death, being that I am a lesbian. Many people died in the 80's when he was president because of him ignoring the Aids virus. He even said in a speech that he thought homosexuality was wrong and basically that we need to help these people who are sick in the head. I guess I also don't like him because people act like he was such a great man and a great president. He put us in so much debt because of programs like "Star Wars". That money could go towards the homeless or schools. I will be much sadder when Clinton passes on.
I'm sorry he died (but I'm sorry when anybody dies). I'm surprised that he was 93 because he didn't look that old. I don't think he was a great president so it isn't a big loss.
I'm grateful that he is at peace after a long, difficult illness.
I don't think about it any more than I have to. I don't really care about it one way or the other. I didn't particularly like Reagan, but I had basically forgotten that he was still around anyway.
I didn't like Reagan's politics, but I thought he and Nancy seemed like nice people. I was sad that he died. I was also in Washington DC and was able to witness the processional the transported Reagan's body from the White House to the Capitol Rotunda. It was very hmoving.
Of course, it is very sad...particularly since he suffered from Alzheimer's for a long time. My Grandmother had Alzheimer's, so I know what that does to a person...and the person's family. Of course, he did live a long life...he is widely credited with defeating communism...he did a lot of good things...however, he was not perfect. I will always remember 2 things he said... a) in a speech with Mondale, when questioned if he was too old to be president: He said 'I won't point out my opponent's youth and inexperience'. That was a beautiful line. b) In a press conference, when he thought the mics were turned off he said. 'Ladies and gentleman, I am pleased to announce that I signed legislation that would outlaw Russia forever...we beggining bombing in 5 minutes.' That was funny.
Alzheimer's stole his essence long ago. Now his family is free of a ghastly sentimental burden.
I'm glad the man is in peace now, after having suffered through Alzheimer's all these years.