Thursday, September 13, 2012

Romney vs Reagan and George H.W. Bush

PJ:  Come to think of it...wasn't Sarah Palin playing into the whole she-could-be-the-next-Reagan meme?  How does her statement compare with The Gipper's?

Apparently President Obama can’t see Egypt and Libya from his house.

We already know that President Obama likes to “speak softly” to our enemies. If he doesn’t have a “big stick” to carry, maybe it’s time for him to grow one.
- Sarah Palin
Her crass words coupled with her total ignorance about the Middle East makes her unqualified to have been given a platform to comment on the delicate situation unfolding.  It is a shame that Romney seems to be following her lead.  

The Atlantic

Romney's Embassy Attack Response in 2012: A Far Cry from Reagan in 1980

By Sophie Quinton
Share1  When a U.S. attempt to free hostages in Tehran failed in 1980, the Gipper called for unity and declined to criticize President Carter.

Former President Carter's handling of the Iranian hostage crisis helped torpedo his reelection hopes. But when news broke in April 1980 that an attempt to rescue Americans held hostage at the Tehran embassy had failed, the immediate response from the campaign trail was more supportive than critical. 

Former California Governor Ronald Reagan told reporters it wouldn't be appropriate for him to express an opinion at that time. "This is the time for us as a nation and a people to stand united" and to pray, Reagan said, according to United Press International.

George H.W. Bush, also campaigning for the Republican presidential nomination, went further. "I unequivocally support the president of the United States -- no ifs, ands or buts -- and it certainly is not a time to try to go one-up politically. He made a difficult, courageous decision," Bush said in Michigan, UPI reported.
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