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The Heart of Ronald Reagan
Front Page Mag ^ | 10/23/03 | Michael Reagan

Posted on 10/25/2003 10:08:47 AM PDT by Dr. Marten

 
CBS Slurs My Dad
By Michael Reagan
FrontPageMagazine.com | October 23, 2003


Ronald Reagan, about to be portrayed as an unfeeling, forgetful conservative, had the biggest heart of any President in America’s history – so big that CBS had no trouble finding it when they decided to plunge a dagger into it.

The liberal network had the gall to allow a scriptwriter to put words in my father’s mouth he never spoke – words that pictured him as having no sympathy for AIDS victims.

Now CBS’s defenders are trying to excuse the network for its shameful fictionalization of my dad’s life by noting that the miniseries "The Reagans" gives him credit for many of the great things he did, such as winning the Cold War, but they cannot gloss over the fact that the Ronald Reagan shown in the miniseries is not the real Ronald Reagan.

They want to talk about his forgetfulness, but he never forgot the people of this country. He gave us all a tax break, created tens of thousands of jobs and restored our faith in ourselves. He never forgot the hostages in Iran who were freed the day that he was sworn in as president.

He never forgot the suffering people behind the Iron Curtain, living in squalor and poverty, under the gun for all those many years. He did everything he could to free them.

And he never forgot who he was, and where he had come from. He remembered being poor. He remembered struggling.

The important things he needed to know he never forgot.

On the day he took office, right after he was told that the hostages in Iran had been freed, he called former President Carter and told him, "You’re the one who did the work, you’re the one that did so much to free those hostages. You are the one who should get the credit." And he gave the former president Air Force One and sent him to Germany to welcome the hostages. That was the heart of Ronald Reagan. That story, like so many others, was never told because my Dad didn’t trumpet his good deeds.

The miniseries won’t tell you the whole story about my dad’s visit to Japan when he learned that only the first class section would be occupied in the 747 jet he was traveling on. He went out and got families of service men and women serving in Japan and filled up the back of the plane with them so they could visit their loved ones they hadn’t seen for over a year. They won’t tell you how he took them to Japan and brought them back home on the plane without it costing them one cent.

That was also the heart of Ronald Reagan.

There are so many stories you don’t hear from the people who are hateful, the people who are spiteful, the people who are jealous, the people who never liked Ronald Reagan.

In a column last July I wrote that CBS was planning to produce a miniseries on my father, and noted that while I hadn’t seen the script, I understood it had been leaked around Hollywood and was anything but friendly to my dad.

After all, Hollywood has never warmed up to him, even when he went to bat for actors as president of the Screen Actor’s Guild and won them the right to get residual payments when their movies were rerun – a right he refused to give to himself because he thought that would be a conflict of interest. So his movies alone are exempt from residuals. They also forgot that they elected him president of the Guild nine times.

Moreover, not once – ever – did Hollywood even think about giving my dad an award in recognition of his many services to the film industry and the people who work in it. So I wouldn’t expect them to do a positive miniseries about somebody who gave them residuals so they could take the summers off.

And they also forgot to go to the people who knew him best – his family. Nobody at CBS came near any of us. They were probably afraid we’d tell the truth about the heart of Ronald Reagan and that would have spoiled their plans to show him as they wanted to see him, rather than as he was: a wonderful, caring human being and one of the greatest and kindest men ever to serve as President of the United States.



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1 posted on 10/25/2003 10:08:47 AM PDT by Dr. Marten
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To: Dr. Marten
The "Heart of Ronald Reagan" was the title used for this column in my local newspaper.
2 posted on 10/25/2003 10:09:34 AM PDT by Dr. Marten (To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge)
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To: Dr. Marten
All the good and wonderful things about Ronald Reagan are exactly why CBS wants to tear him down.

America remembers when we had this man as president and know how lucky we were to have him as our Commander in Chief.

3 posted on 10/25/2003 10:28:26 AM PDT by OldFriend (DEMS INHABIT A PARALLEL UNIVERSE)
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To: Dr. Marten
President Ronald W. Reagan: The best there ever was... the best there ever will be.
4 posted on 10/25/2003 10:44:44 AM PDT by ReleaseTheHounds
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Does anyone really believe that Mr. Barbra Streisand would have taken the role of Ronald Reagan if the movie had not been a character assassination?
5 posted on 10/25/2003 10:56:37 AM PDT by Paul Atreides (Bringing you quality, non-unnecessarily-excerpted threads since 2002)
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So much irony. Barbra Streisand (wife of James Brolin) believes that she's compassionate and looking out for the "little guy", yet when she goes to a hotel, she has a new toilet seat installed. Then she claims that she's concerned for the environment and yet has a massive beachfront property that dumps waste into the ocean. Oh, it's legal, but somehow when she dumps, it's okay (L'etat, c'est moi, anyone?).

The good news is that this leftwing fantasy is so implausible to all those outside the angry, inner circle that this show (on regulah TV no less) will backfire.

6 posted on 10/25/2003 11:06:04 AM PDT by saveliberty (Liberal= in need of therapy, but would rather ruin lives of those less fortunate to feel good)
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Hopefully, Mr. Streisand won't be able to get even auto-parts commercials after this travesty.
7 posted on 10/25/2003 11:19:34 AM PDT by Paul Atreides (Bringing you quality, non-unnecessarily-excerpted threads since 2002)
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To: OldFriend

These two don't even look like the Reagans!

8 posted on 10/25/2003 11:34:41 AM PDT by Paul Atreides (Bringing you quality, non-unnecessarily-excerpted threads since 2002)
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To: Dr. Marten
Ronald Reagan... a wonderful, caring human being and one of the greatest and kindest men ever to serve as President of the United States.

Nuff said.

9 posted on 10/25/2003 11:42:05 AM PDT by Reagan Man (The few, the proud, the conservatives.)
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These two don't even look like the Reagans!

This actor isn't nearly as good looking as Ronaldo Magnus.

And who's the broad?

10 posted on 10/25/2003 11:48:52 AM PDT by Ole Okie (Go, Sooners.)
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And who's the broad?
Must be a liberal because you can see the hatred in her eyes.

11 posted on 10/25/2003 11:52:51 AM PDT by DallasMike
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To: Ole Okie
Wasn't she in a movie from the early 80s, hollering something about "No more wire hangers!"?
12 posted on 10/25/2003 11:54:14 AM PDT by Paul Atreides (Bringing you quality, non-unnecessarily-excerpted threads since 2002)
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To: Paul Atreides
Exactly what I thought when I saw that picture!
13 posted on 10/25/2003 11:55:48 AM PDT by austinTparty
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14 posted on 10/25/2003 11:57:16 AM PDT by Reagan Man (The few, the proud, the conservatives.)
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You can practically see the icicles dripping from Judy Davis' eyes in that shot. What a horrible person to pick to play Nancy Reagan, and she looks nothing like Nancy.
15 posted on 10/25/2003 12:02:29 PM PDT by KellyAdmirer
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16 posted on 10/25/2003 12:03:04 PM PDT by Reagan Man (The few, the proud, the conservatives.)
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And, Mr. Streisand looks cadaverous in that photo. He looks like a poorly made-up corpse.

I'll bet Davis is a real pill to be around. She looks like she would have a Hillary personality.

17 posted on 10/25/2003 12:06:28 PM PDT by Paul Atreides (Bringing you quality, non-unnecessarily-excerpted threads since 2002)
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To: Dr. Marten
And they also forgot to go to the people who knew him best – his family. Nobody at CBS came near any of us. They were probably afraid we’d tell the truth about the heart of Ronald Reagan and that would have spoiled their plans to show him as they wanted to see him, rather than as he was: a wonderful, caring human being and one of the greatest and kindest men ever to serve as President of the United States.

Nor did they talk to any of the school kids who were invited up to President Reagan's Century City office for daytime trick or treating during the '90s, or to their parents, who saw his face light up when he played with their kids.

In my daughter's case, many of the other kids were late, so she got to go up and visit the President all on her own. Dressed as the wicked queen from Snow White, she handed out "poisoned apples" to the President and the Secret Service, amid much laughter. Bet that didn't make the final cut either.


18 posted on 10/25/2003 12:15:11 PM PDT by Sabertooth (No Drivers' Licences for Illegal Aliens. Petition SB60. http://www.saveourlicense.com/n_home.htm)
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I'm sure we'll be treated to RR privately longing for the day when children were forced to work in sweatshops.
19 posted on 10/25/2003 12:17:38 PM PDT by Paul Atreides (Bringing you quality, non-unnecessarily-excerpted threads since 2002)
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To: ReleaseTheHounds
I cried the day that Reagan stepped down and George Bush 1 took over as president. Not because I didn't like Bush, but because the finest President since Lincoln and Washington had to walk away from office after serving so well; and thus, a happy era in my American Life had ended

This man and and his first Lady had class, grace, intelligence, moral decency, and determination. But his 2 greatest virtues in my opinion, were his compasion and his unbelievably upbeat vision for America.

Let the press say what it will. In his words, "History will judge me fairly." He never worried about the leftist Media,because he new as I know, they are all but irrelevent!

Those of us who remember the Carter days know just what I mean.
20 posted on 10/27/2003 8:26:26 PM PST by Hillarys nightmare
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