Bush says "Nuh-uh" to Reagan Memorial
March 9, 2001 8:16 AM   Subscribe

Bush says "Nuh-uh" to Reagan Memorial Good googly-moogly, Dubya does something right!!! Oh, gawd and I'm agreeing with his decision. I need to go wash myself.
posted by ratbastard (21 comments total)
Well, at least that nonsense is over, even if he had to coerce a Ringling Bros. Clown College graduate to do the work for him... (Who is that woman, and why were the editors so mean to her?!)
posted by m.polo at 8:26 AM on March 9, 2001

From that article, I didn't get the sense that Dubya had given the matter much personal consideration. This issue seems like a good thing to have in reserve when he needs to throw his conservative base a bone.

Anyway, every president does at least one thing right. (Nixon resigned, for example.) So you were bound to agree with him sooner or later.

BTW, that woman is DC's non-voting representative to congress. I don't know about that picture, though. Maybe it was shot by someone working for the Washington Times?
posted by anapestic at 8:29 AM on March 9, 2001

Former President Reagan is a man who follows the rules...anyone else chuckle at that?
posted by mimi at 8:38 AM on March 9, 2001

not to defend what is basically pure evil or anything, but nixon did a lot more that was good... yeah, he abused the powers of the presidency and all that, but he had great foreign policy. he is responsible for opening up relations with china and limiting the arms race with the USSR, two incredibly crucial actions. so yeah, nixon sucked, and far be it from me to defend a republican, but he did some good other than resigning. after all, didn't his resignation just leave us with... ford?
posted by pikachulolita at 8:59 AM on March 9, 2001

you're right, pikachu. nixon followed the rules just fine--the problem was that he thought he could make all the rules...
posted by jpoulos at 9:01 AM on March 9, 2001

Because I am old I guess I am thus jaundiced in my view of most things (this began at age 14) but my first reaction was that the occupant of the White House (Smirk W), wanted to make sure there would be sufficient room for a memorial to him.
And in passing: I sure am glad Nixon opened up our relations with China. My household items would have been greatly diminished otherwise. Clinton clearly would have had no interest in the Far East.
posted by Postroad at 9:14 AM on March 9, 2001

Am I overly cynical in my belief that every president abuses the power of their office, and that Nixon is different only in that he was caught?
posted by donkeymon at 9:19 AM on March 9, 2001

Mimi: Oh yeah. Coffee came out of my nose.

One of the points the National Parks Service made in the past is that Reagan already has a building named after him, and that is in itself a memorial. That was the argument against a memorial for President Kennedy. He was already memorialized by the Kennedy Center and the bust of him in the Kennedy Center. Commission a bust of Ronnie Ray-gun and put either in or outside of the Reagan Building. There is a huuuge area just outside of the building where they could build a statue of him. Then the pigeons, and others, would be allowed to editorialize.
posted by terrapin at 9:51 AM on March 9, 2001

hey Ratbastard, quit wasting time on metafilter and update your own joint once in a while! :)
posted by DiplomaticImmunity at 10:17 AM on March 9, 2001

Then the pigeons, and others, would be allowed to editorialize

wow, brainstorm! urinal cakes with dubya's face on them. that's free speech, right?
posted by jpoulos at 10:22 AM on March 9, 2001

George W urinal cakes? That's even better than pissing on a Gungan.
posted by Jart at 10:32 AM on March 9, 2001

Yeah, Don. Today is the one month mark. Get your ass in gear!
posted by terrapin at 11:30 AM on March 9, 2001

What's hilarious here is that they're complaining about having the Reagan memorial built (if ever) off the Mall and thus "out of the way", but if the hagiographic worship of the man is any indication, they could build it in the middle of the tidal basin and his fans would swim out to it.

What a tremendous opportunity to expand the "memorial zone" by placing it farther up or down the river. But good grief, they ought to wait until the man's been dead the required interval. Next thing'll happen is presidents building their own pyramids.
posted by dhartung at 11:37 AM on March 9, 2001

Some supporters have launched a campaign to replace Alexander Hamilton's portrait with Reagan's on the $10 bill

Yeah why not all this Hamilton character did was set up the US's finances and get us going. Why does he have to be on any money? Sheesh and all FDR did was get us out of the Depression and win WWII so he gets a dime. No doubt Reagan deserves more for his service.

and to name at least one landmark or institution after the former president in all 3,067 counties in the nation. There are now 45 Reagan namesakes around the country, said Grover Norquist, head of Americans for Tax Reform and chairman of the Ronald Reagan Legacy Project.

Why bother when his name has already been immortalized?
posted by redleaf at 11:42 AM on March 9, 2001

I'd put Clinton on the dime if it would get rid of FDR. I so hate that polo'd goober.
posted by thirteen at 12:02 PM on March 9, 2001

posted by redleaf at 12:06 PM on March 9, 2001


I am willing to believe just about any crazy claim about the man, because there is no clear line for me where his contempt for the constitution stopped and blind dislike begins. The core dispute is that he exploded the government into the huge thing that it is, when he had no authority to do so.

It's easy enough to find more than you would ever want to read on Google. Bad man, bad for America.
posted by thirteen at 12:42 PM on March 9, 2001

Hastert spokesman John Feehery said, "I think there's general agreement that Ronald Reagan was one of our greatest presidents of the 20th century and this is a fitting dedication to his service."

My question is why can't this wait? Oh, hold on...

[James V. Hansen] called the waiting period "arbitrary" and Reagan's situation "a very special case" because of his battle with Alzheimer's disease.

I still don't get it. Why can't this wait? Reagan himself signed the law that prohibits it. Are these people afraid that Reagan won't seem so cool after another 30 years or so of history has passed? A lot of big-deal things happened during Reagan's presidency, but their greater context can't really be apparent only 12 years after he left office.
posted by daveadams at 1:01 PM on March 9, 2001

"Reagan Pyramid Nears Completion"
posted by rmannion at 2:25 PM on March 9, 2001

So is reagan dead or something?
posted by lagado at 6:12 PM on March 9, 2001

I really love Reagan, even though I was too young to appreciate his accomplishments. But, rmannion, I have to say that Onion post was very funny. Sometimes hero worship can go too far.
posted by shackbar at 9:08 PM on March 10, 2001

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