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In this 1960 photo, then-presidential candidate John F. Kennedy is greeted by hundreds of people at the Salt Lake airport, including a little girl on someone's shoulders.

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There You Go Again
Saint George, UT


You show a picture of President Reagan holding up a BYU shirt...


You forget to mention that in 1967, while Ronald Reagan was serving as the Gov. of California, he signed into law an abortion bill that led to the murder of over 2,000,000 babies.

In this day and age, it is surprising that you would omit this historical fact.


Just curious, but has anyone invited him? I bet if our governor invited him he would visit. I know Dick Cheney was invited to speak at BYU and did. Looking over the list it looks like most of the presidents that visited here did so for a specific reason (ie. they were supporting a senator or came at the request of another politician).


@ There You Go Again: What the heck does that have to do with the article, which is solely about which presidents visited Utah? None of the pictures list facts about what laws the presidents signed, especially not when they were governors. Did Reagan visit BYU or not? Yes. Save the rest for your personal blog.

Rutland vs. Medfield
Seattle, Wa

@ There You Go Again -

You failed to mention that your moniker is derived from a very famous line uttered by Ronald Reagan during a presidential debate (1980 - Jimmy Carter).

. . . has as much relevance.

no fit in SG
St.George, Utah

Must admit it is extremely peculiar that a US President with such disdain for life, would visit the Mormon Utah, the state boasting the highest birthrate in the country.
This does come up frequently when Reagan's "wonderfulness" is being discussed.

Salt Lake City, UT

In the photo withe Senator Bennett and Sister Benson, does anyone else think that that looks like Mitt Romney standing in the background?

I know it. I Live it. I Love it.
Salt Lake City, UT

There You Go Again,

We all make mistakes. You do too.

I love my bishop. He's a great guy. Although if every time I talked about him I mentioned something he's done wrong it would be a little weird wouldn't it?

You have a choice. You can either sum up everyone around you with judgement and condemnation or you can try to convince others to do what's right. A motivating and positive atmosphere is great for that. It works wonders. Your comment however convinced no one, except perhaps yourself. You may convince yourself of how right you are a thousand times. But if it didn't do any good in the world, to what end are you working for?

I've lived on the pessimism train. I know from experience that it doesn't move forward, at all. It cannot, no matter how hard one tries to make it so.

I don't like abortion, and I'm not complacent about it. But to make mistakes is one thing, to judge others is worse. When you know better, yet rather than extend your hands you condemn instead... you are only contributing to the problem.

Murray, UT

@ There You Go Again

Your comment is pure sour grapes. It must hurt how well loved Reagan is, and how great a president he was. He was a president who actually cared about America in the long haul, not just about his legacy and the next election, which is why he left such a great legacy.

Go ahead, sling mud at that great president, who is now dead. It won't make the sorry president you worship look one iota better.

Tulsa, OK

President Obama met with top LDS and political leaders in his first term. The Deseret News published articles with photographs. So how forgetful can you be?

Burley, ID

"In the photo withe Senator Bennett and Sister Benson [Richard Nixon], does anyone else think that that looks like Mitt Romney standing in the background?" - thadmessenger

Thad, it sort of looks like him, but it can't be. Why? Because the young man appears to be 18 to 20 years of age and is quite tall (six foot plus). Mitt Romney was only 13 at the time the photo was taken. Mitt Romney was born on March 12, 1947 the photo is dated October 10, 1960.

At 13 years - 7 months of age, Romney wouldn't have been anywhere close to the 6 foot 2 inches he is today.

Vernal, UT

I was wondering when the DN was going to catch up with this news. I saw it on other media's websites. The CIC can pretty much go wherever he wants to go, Utah was probably just not on the top of his priority list. LOL!


Even if all the Obama fan club that post here every 10 minutes show up, 2 dozen chairs set up at HAFB should be more than adequate.

Liberal Ted
Salt Lake City, UT

As it turns out Air Force One just needed to refuel before heading off to a golf game and then Hawaii, Indonesia, Iran back to North Korea and then to a party in California with the rich and famous.

It's not easy being president. We are told over and over again. Yet people spend billions to get the job and to "inherit" a mess they can't or won't fix.

Apo, AE

@There You Go Again--

If Reagan allowed 2M women to exercise their "right to choose", then shouldn't you be celebrating that? Seems liberals are never happy...

Salt Lake City, UT

I believe it is an honor anytime a president of the United States visits Utah. Even though I think Obama's Healthcare Reform is one of the few legacies he will leave, I do think we should go out of our way to show him some appreciation and respect while he visitis our great state. All presidents do some things that we don't agree with, even Ronald Regan who I thought was a fine person. I wonder what would happen in America if more citizens promoted an attitude to find ways to work together with both political parties and show mutual respect and a lot of listening to their ideas? Gosh, I wonder of our Congress might even follow our example?

Virginia Beach, VA

Hey Father of Four -

"Dick Cheney was invited to speak at BYU and did."

But Obama is not a war-criminal . . . He's not a blustering blowhard. Obama is a man of action determined to keep America safe with sane governance.

Dick Cheney is a man of action who pledged to seek retribution for 911 and then attacked a nation that had nothing to do with it.

Obama is just not BYU material.

Hey Rutland -

Guess what? Reagan did NOT originate the phrase, "There you go again."

Reagan originated a long standing tradition of irresponsibility in government, copied to day by Republican Politicos."

Hey 1Conservative -

". . .2 dozen chairs set up at HAFB should be more than adequate."

Yeah, and half of them might be occupied by Lee Harvey Oswald wannabes.

I hope the Secret Service isn't too drunk to pay attention.

Cedar Hills, UT

it wouldn't hurt my feelings if the man never visited our state - no big deal

Harrison Bergeron
Holladay , UT

Barak Obama: "...we've traveled to every corner of the United States. I've now been in fifty seven states."

So will this make it '58?'

Salt Lake City, UT

He and Mitt should go golfing. Oh wait...Mitt doesn't golf. Mitt just works and gets things accomplished and stuff like that.

St.George, UT

Isn't Utah supposed to be one up on everyone?
Doesn't this state have the reputation of a kinder, gentler, God Fearing sort or place?
How embarrassed Utah officials should feel concerning the majority of comments made on this DN Forum.
No other POTUS has ever dealt with such hate.
We were taught to respect the man in the highest office in our country.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

What is the point?
Please, no. the disruption in the traffic, etc., is not worth it.

I guess all we are is a fuel stop. What else do you do when you stop for gas?

I believe Reagan changed his view on abortion later on.

He has giving us nothing to be thankful for. Wouldn’t showing gratitude be lying? And we would be in a better position if BO had shown the least bit of interest in working with the other side when he was not absolutely forced to. He has NEVER shown respect for the other side.

Bountiful Guy
Bountiful, UT

Does anyone know which world leader Obama is ditching and which gold course he is playing while here? Michele and the girls can go skiing and shopping.

St.George, UT

I wish these DN commenters were willing to tell the truth.
Barack Obama deserves our praise and respect.
Here are just a few of the reasons why:
Tell us how many of your young sons and daughters you will be willing to send off to war should a Republican win the Presidency.
Tell us if any family members are using health insurance through the Affordable Healthcare Act.
Tell us about the gay people who you are acquainted with who are now happily married.
Tell us about how much money you are saving on gasoline for your cars now.
Tell us the opportunities to buy a home now because of continued low interest rates.
Tell us how you would be running your company if you did not have immigrants who were willing to accept the low wage you are paying them.
President Obama had Osama Bin Laden tracked down and killed. George Bush wanted to forget about him.

Bountiful Guy
Bountiful, UT


1. Now that we are so much weaker and Obama is friends with terrorists and we are trading dangerous prisoners for AWOL cowards and didn't help at Benghazi, and the borders are porous and granted amnesty, we may have to send many more.

2. Because they lost their full time jobs and insurance, several; not the 30 millions Obama wanted to cover

3. Obama didn't cause that

4. Obama didn't cause that

5. Obama didn't cause that

6. American jobs lost is good?

7. Any president would have signed the order once Osama was found - already being searched for before Obama.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

I guess you never saw the hate directed at bush. The hate directed at Romney was as bad, but unfortunately he was never POTUS.

And you know what? we give BO no less respect than he deserves.

so FDR and Wilson deserve condemnation for sending our boys off to fight the Germans?

Health insurance – his plan covered one fourth of those uninsured, and coverage increased mostly through an expansion of Medicaid – the damage to the economy and our civility done by Obamacare was not worth it.

BO had nothing to do with gay marriage, just dishonorable courts

BO FOUGHT domestic oil production – lower gas prices are IN SPITE of BO

BO has NOTHING to do with lower interest rates – other than keeping economic growth suppressed.

Low-wage immigrant labor – you WANT what almost amounts to involuntary servitude?

BO dithered for 6 months before ordering OBL taken out. We are LUCKY OBL did not escape.

But where is your condenmation of slick willy, who was offered OBL, and turned it down?

I bet BO gets cheered by narrow-minded haters of conservatives who could not see a BO fault if it bit them

Mcallen, TX


Your views are distorted.

Affordable Healthcare Act is stealing from the working man and redistributing to others, and it hasn't been affordable.

What Obama has done, is to take income from Americans, and redistribute. Not all of the redistributions reaches the intended purpose. That's one reason why, half or more of our people are on government benefits.

A better plan would be to increase industry. That hasn't happen under his watch.

Obama does not deserve praise, and respect.

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