I don't want to celebrate - Updated
I just don't get the Ronald Reagan adulation at all. Despite the rightwing revision of his history into some sappy fairy tale, in reality the guy was in the top five of worst Presidents ever. His biggest accomplishment in life was salvaging his Hollywood career after being upstaged by a chimpanzee. But you know, facts have a liberal bias, blah, blah, blah. Anyway, Wonkette reviews his real history.
Oh can you believe it was only a hundred years ago when Ronald Reagan was born? Which side of the Civil War did he fight on, anyway? (Answer: He didn’t fight at all, but he was an extra at the Ford Theater the night Lincoln was shot, and later claimed to have played the role of Robert E. Lee in James Joyce’s movie Ulysses S. Grant.) Oh, also, back in the 1980s when Ronald Reagan was actually serving as president in some weird state of constant incapacitation? Everybody thought he was a moron. Most Republicans didn’t even support him during the regular lows of his disastrous two terms. He also didn’t defeat the Soviet Union — they ran out of money on their own, just like we’ve done here in America in the past 10 years, in the exact same Central Asian country.More at the link, along with some his greatest hits on video. Painful to watch but oddly mesmerizing. [via Anne Laurie] [graphic]
Update: Think Progress adds, 10 things conservatives seem to have forgotten about Reagan. Or maybe they really just don't know?