For those of us who lived (and paid attention) during the Reagan years, life was interesting. What would that wacky, happy guy say or do next? Would he embarrass the country by falling asleep at an international summit? Would he show us some more pie charts while increasing the national debt? Would he allow junk bond kings to destroy entire communities while downsizing fever ruined countless lives?
All this and more. Every day was a new experience, a new challenge to see just how much the American public would take. Of course, the answer (as provided by his next two successors) is: just about anything. Not to pick on the ol' Gipper, but the clips below are a matter of public record. Take a walk down memory lane and remind yourself of why future historians will look back on the Reagan Error and say: "Where was the rest of him?"
Some people may find the following funny, others may find it painful. As there's quite a bit of stuff here, please feel free to use the following links to jump to the year of your choice. Listed are just a couple of "highlights" from each year.
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1981 The Reagan Cabinet is installed,
but it's cracked
1982 Jobless in "South Succotash"; Marines die; AND deficit climbs
1983 "Nikolai Lenin" (?); Marines die; AND War in Grenada!
1984 No poverty, no hostages; AND any problems are "Carter's fault"
1985 $640 toilet seats; AND don't embarrass the Nazis!
1986 Stockman finks; Just Say No; AND Iran-gate
1987 More hostages; Ollie North; AND "we need McCarthy!"
1988 Bush bombs; "unavoidable accident"; AND heeerrre's Dan Quayle!
1989 Bye bye
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