Ronald Reagan's 10 best quotes

Published: Monday, Feb. 7 2011 10:25 a.m. MST

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"My fellow Americans, I'm pleased to tell you today that I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes."

August 11, 1984: Reagan was getting ready for a 9 a.m. live broadcast from his ranch, Rancho del Cielo, near Santa Barbara, Calif. He joked around with the National Public Radio audio engineers during the microphone check before the broadcast, and said, "My fellow Americans, I'm pleased to tell you today that I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes." The comments were not broadcast, but unbelievably, during an election year no less, somehow, as hard as it may be to fathom, somebody, maybe even from NPR, leaked a recording of the joke to the public.

Russia was not amused.
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Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

"I don't remember."
My favorite Reagan Quote, while defending his secret war.

Sugarhood, UT

The forgot this one:

"A few months ago I told the American people I did not trade arms for hostages. My heart and my best intentions still tell me that's true, but the facts and the evidence tell me it is not. As the Tower board reported, what began as a strategic opening to Iran deteriorated, in its implementation, into trading arms for hostages."

Reagan was far, far from the worst president we've had, and I certainly admire his clarity of vision and ability to effectively communicate that vision (hence the nickname) but his recent near-deification by certain political elements is a puzzlement to me. Iran-Contra scandal. Voodoo economics. Record deficits. He presidency wasn't an unmitigated success by any measure, and though he's worthy of much respect, he is not worthy genuflection I sometimes witness. I suppose that could be said for most presidencies. Some years after he left office, he graciously posed for a picture with some of my classmates and me during a Pete Wilson campain rally held at my school, after hours, of course. So on a personal note, I've always thought Reagan rules.

Bluffdale, UT

I was in the army when he was president and the things he let happen in el salvador made me to never be a repulican or trust them. and the marines he let get blown up in beirut was bad too.

Weston Jurney
West Jordan, UT

Once while he was campaigning for governor of California, he explained why he didn't like news photographers: "They always take my picture when I'm picking my nose."

brookings, SD

In the future historians will rate President Reagan a C. Did some things right (ahem) and left (ahem) out some things he should have done or answered for. Joking about nuclear war was beyond the pale. Forgetting things in order to smile and keep going? I honestly believe the man could not remember things, alz. was already setting in.

Outside of the military industrial complex, who supports his militaristic views today? Outside of the "I got mine, tough luck about yours" crowd, who likes his social views today?

Remember he said, "When you have seen one redwood tree, you have seen them all." Oh my.................... not in today's new green world.

West Jordan, UT

Meeting his wife in the emergency room just after being shot, he said, "Honey, I forgot to duck!"

MarieDevine Divine-Way
Kansas City, MO

# 5 - Government is the problem
"In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem."
January 20, 1981: Reagan's Inaugural Address.

Nothing has changed; except now we realize with greater urgency that government is the problem. President Obama and his projects did not start it. We have allowed it to overtake us so long, we think we are good and caring and do not realize that we have ensnared and enslaved young and old with the bondage of education and employment most of our lives.

God began us in the Garden of Eden to keep it; we lost it while looking for riches and honors. Now we are so smart in our own eyes we are destroying ourselves body, mind and spirit and destroying the air, land, water and food we need to survive. We can easily turn around and back out of the stressful employment lifestyle that causes our world problems and create a garden paradise that solves our problems with that one strategy. The abundant life is not in enslavement to employment but in freedom with your family together enjoying the good of the land. Tell President Obama we want change.

Pepperell, MA

No, Mr. Reagan was not perfect, and he made a lot of mistakes, but during my lifetime no president, NO president--spanning from Harry Truman to Barrack Obama--has made Americans feel better about being Americans, and about the United States of America, than Ronald Reagan.

Belching Cow
Sandy, UT

Oh my, the enlightened ones are out in force today. Those criticizing Reagan are probably part of the same crowd that get all hot and bothered when Obama is criticized. Reagan was a far greater president that Obama could ever hope to be.

"Reagan was far, far from the worst president we've had"
Ummm.... someone has not been paying attention the last few months.

Murray, UT

President Reagan was a leader. He had strong personal/political philosophy that he didn't try to hide, didn't try to be someone else to please the masses. He didn't flinch when it came to difficult decisions, he didn't take a poll to see what was the most popular way to go. When the air traffic controllers said they were striking he said good bye. He deregulated AT&T and phone service which made it competitive and affordable. He was a capitalist and not ashamed of it. He contributed alot to "tearing down that wall" of the communist block. He wasn't a sniveling apologist trying to sneak through a marxist agenda that's for sure!!

Wayne Rout
El Paso, TX

We will never see another like him. God provided the right man at the right time as has always been the case for our country. Yes, liberals, he made a couple of mistakes, but he changed the course of the country and set the sage for two decades of prosperity. He was not ashamed of America and was proud of our accomplishments and values. As much as I would like to see another one, if he or she is there, I certainly can't see them.

Roy, Utah

I am 77 and well remember the Reagan years were the best. I do not choose to be a Monday morning quarter back. God gave us all the Freedom to choose even before the world was. We all some times make wrong choices in many ways. God does not get in our way to choose good or evil and neither should the Government. We have the Bible on the one hand and the Constituion on the other. The laws of our land are based on the Ten Commandments. God's hope is that we will have the good sense and con-science to govern ourselves so as not to cause others to feel they have to force good behavior. President Reagan had a lot of opposition in our Congress, their spending etc. He was a Capitalist, not a Socialist etc. thank God for that. Heaven help us now. Our Government as well as many of our people have taken a detour down some mighty rough roads ahead.

Magna, UT

"Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" He was a great president. I believe he was responsible for dismantling the Soviet Union.

Somewhere in Utah, UT

Reagan did some things well, like making the people of the United States more hopeful about the country. He did other things NOT well, like most of what he did as president -- raising taxes 11 times, increasing the deficit three-fold, financing the beginning of the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, making secret deals with terrorists (Iran-Contra), retreating with his tail between his legs from Beirut, etc.

The title of this article should read "Ronald Reagan's speechwriters' 10 best quotes."

Salt Lake City, UT

Don't remember the quotes either, just the deficit and taxes increased wildly.

Overton, NV

"The title of this article should read "Ronald Reagan's speechwriters' 10 best quotes."

Except that the speech writers kept taking "Tear down this wall" part out of the Berlin speech. Reagan kept insisting that they put it back. And even when they handed him the final copy with that part excluded, he put it in anyway.

Reagan was VERY active in creating his speeches. If you don't know that, it's because you've never read anything his former speech writers have written about him.

But the haters will keep on hating no matter what.

Mike in Texas
Allen, TX

When Regan made is statement that "Government is the problem" he did the whole country a tremendous diservice. His comment echoes through time until too many American's now perceive their own elected government as the enemy. Government may at times be a problem, but it is not "the" problem. What is the problem is individual and corporate greed and overeaching coupled with a political polemic that makes government increasingly incapable of solving problems.

The truth is that we the people have been sold a bill of goods, and Ronald Regan was the designated salesman.

Farmington, UT

Libs -- don't rewrite history. Just google marginal tax rates during Reagan's administration, and you'll find that he was responsible for huge reductions in federal income tax. Both Republicans and Democrats have taken more and more of our money since Reagan left office, particularly in state and local governments. That's why the so-called Tea Party supporters are throwing politicians out. Most of us are sick of seeing our tax rates increase as it becomes harder and harder to make ends meet as the government keeps spending to satisfy special interest groups.

the cost of freedom
salt lake city, ut

oh he was a great actor and a c rated president but really does anyone remember how cia george sr..cried like a baby when he lost the nomination then the shannigans continued...why george jr is right up there with him for sure!

Petaluma, CA

You omitted my 'favorite' quote of all time from a sitting president:

You left off the Reagan quote from when (former CIA director, former VP and former US president #41) Bush was accused of selling weapons to terrorists in election meddling to defeat Carter. Bush was accused of selling 10 missiles to terrorists. to induce the Ayattolah Khomeni to keep US State Dept and US Marine corps troops prisoner until after the fall election.
He said, "I am sorry, I dont remember anything from then".
The arms dealer middleman who arranged the deal did time in prison. But Reagan was unable to shed any light on the sordid tale. And Congress refused to subpoena CIA officers in the field, as if losing the access to information those CIA witnesses would lose trumps a former CIA director manipulating public opinion during an election. Congress obeyed a law that said no testimony could be given if it might endanger CIA in the field. No one apparently thought of bringing them in and making the presidential succession more important than having X numbers of CIA in the field in Iran. Reagan had Alzheimers and could not remember anything about those times.

Leesburg, VA

Ronald Reagan was the worse human being in power during my life time:

Traded arms for hostages.

Promoted the wars in Central America, generating the largest exodus from South to North in US history.

Created the biggest deficit in history (up to then)

Injected the Republican camp with his failed "trickled down economics".

Poindexter and Oliver North became criminals by trying to do Reagan's bidding.
Invasion of Grenada,

Partnership with General Pinochet and other ruthless dictators around the world.

Corruption of the U.S. society into a cold economic system. Thousands of mental patients became homeless when the hospitals released because of the government's cuts.

We are not even going to talk about his dysfunctional family.
etc., etc., etc.

Why the DN is always so biased toward the right?

The man is dead let him rest in peace if he can. He does not represent the best of America.

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