Do NOT watch this unless …

… you love Ronald Reagan.

By Tom Quiner


Set aside Ronald Reagan’s politics for a moment.

No president in my lifetime was warmer, funnier, or more sincere. If you listened to Reagan’s speech at the Republican National Convention in 1964 and compared it to his speeches fifteen to twenty years later, his message was the same.

He staked out unapologetically conservative positions when they weren’t popular and changed public opinion.

He was a leader. He believed what he said. He governed according to his beliefs, not public opinion polls. This morning, a conservative, Catholic friend asked me, “aren’t all politicians a bunch of phonies?”

Reagan wasn’t.

Sure, he compromised with the other side. He and Speaker Tip O’Neill would beat up on each other during the day, and have a drink together that night.

Can you imagine Barack Obama doing that?

Reagan was a uniter where Obama is a divider.

Reagan reached across the aisle and persuaded Democrats to vote for a big tax cut early in his term.

Reagan could laugh at himself. In fact, he told many jokes at his own expense.

Our current occupant in the White House is notably prickly at humor at his expense.

Quiner’s Diner offers you a real treat today. Twelve delightful moments of the humor of Ronald Reagan. Be sure to watch it to the end for a very fun payoff at the expense of Mr. Obama.

Ronald Reagan was one-of-a-kind.


  1. LSBlogger on August 21, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Reblogged this on Educating America for Tomorrow.

  2. Trapper Gale on August 21, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Personally, I enjoyed the clip of Obama at the end. Sad illustration of the stark difference between the two presidents.