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Did Reagan call G.W. Bush a ne’er-do-well?
This paragraph supposedly written by Ronald Reagan is currently circulating widely around the internet:
Direct quote from the just published REAGAN DIARIES.

The entry is dated May 17, 1986.

'A moment I've been dreading. George brought his ne're-do-well son around this morning and asked me to find the kid a job. Not the political one who lives in Florida. The one who hangs around here all the time looking shiftless. This so-called kid is already almost 40 and has never had a real job. Maybe I'll call Kinsley over at The New Republic and see if they'll hire him as a contributing editor or something. That looks like easy work.'

Did Reagan really write this? Nope, he didn't. The quotation is pulled from an article titled "My Lunch with Reagan" by Michael Kinsley in the New Republic (vol. 237, issue 1, 7/2/07). And, not surprisingly, the quotation is taken out of context. In its original context it's easy to tell that it's meant as a joke:
The literary editor of The New Republic, Leon Wieseltier, brought the joyous news. "Guess what, Mike. You're mentioned in Reagan's diaries." The diaries were published recently by HarperCollins and were generally well-received. Edited by America's historian-on-steroids, Douglas Brinkley, The Reagan Diaries apparently reveal Reagan to be more thoughtful than he is normally given credit for. Of course, our standards in the area of presidential thoughtfulness have plummeted in recent years. Still, the fact that Reagan was writing it all down was news, and an interesting departure from presidential tradition. Traditionally, presidents use a hidden tape recorder.

But I was more interested in the me angle, frankly. And it was a puzzle. What on earth could Reagan have written? I indulged my imagination, and my ego: "January 22, 1983. Mommie [Nancy] says that Kinsley's column this week in The New Republic undermines the entire philosophical basis of my administration. O dear O dear, I had better not read it."

Or: "October 6, 1987. Why does Kinsley keep picking on me? He is the only thing standing between me and the total destruction of the welfare state. But, ha: I will destroy him--destroy him utterly-- or my name's not … not … not … . Say, they had 'State Fair' on TV last night. What a wholesome, clean-cut young man that Pat Boone is."

Or: "May 17, 1986. A moment I've been dreading. George brought his ne'er-do-well son around this morning and asked me to find the kid a job. Not the political one who lives in Florida. The one who hangs around here all the time looking shiftless. This so-called kid is already almost 40 and has never had a real job. Maybe I'll call Kinsley over at The New Republic and see if they'll hire him as a contributing editor or something. That looks like easy work."
Politics
Posted by The Curator on Mon Aug 20, 2007
Well, it's certainly true in spirit, though not in literal fact.
Posted by Big Gary  in  Crawford, Texas  on  Mon Aug 20, 2007  at  07:25 PM
I Trust that GWB is a sack-O-shite, and it's not hard to verify. There I go again
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Mon Aug 20, 2007  at  08:09 PM
No big loss...Dubya gives his critic so much ammo, one "cooked" example won't be missed.
Posted by EricW  in  A glow-in-the-dark shack somwhere in North Carolin  on  Mon Aug 20, 2007  at  08:09 PM
"W" was good enough to keep TWO dims out of the office. Hope Fred is half as good and I think he is.
Posted by daryl  in  Riesel, Texas  on  Mon Aug 20, 2007  at  08:54 PM
Hey, Daryl - if Fred Thompson is half as good as I know he is, he won't make a decent doorstop.
Posted by Maezeppa  in  Hermosa Beach CA  on  Tue Aug 21, 2007  at  01:09 AM
Then again, most jokes start with a kernel of truth.
Posted by Todd  in  Las Vegas  on  Tue Aug 21, 2007  at  01:24 AM
To quote Homer 'It's funny cos it's true!'
Posted by Nona  in  London  on  Tue Aug 21, 2007  at  08:35 AM
Nona's quoting Homer from London. I wonder which of the cartoons clowns the Brits like better, Homer or GDubya?
Posted by Henk  in  Hamel, MN  on  Tue Aug 21, 2007  at  09:57 AM
Fabrication never stopped B#%h-Rove-Cheney from telling it as gospel... The only contribution they've ever made is to the lexicon: the word "swiftboating"
Posted by Bumpa  on  Tue Aug 21, 2007  at  12:06 PM
Posting about George Bush seems to have triggered google ads for Ann Coulter to appear on the front page. Good grief!
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Tue Aug 21, 2007  at  12:34 PM
I am on the edge of my seat to see what Fred Thompson's shirt is stuffed with. I hope he brings his rented red pickup truck to our town.
Fred, the lazysackofshit, couldn't even rise to the level of incompetence shown by the Bush Crime Family without getting winded.
Fred is half as good as Reagan, and Reagan's DEAD!
Posted by Mike Flagg  in  Washington DC  on  Tue Aug 21, 2007  at  09:58 PM
Dubya gives his critic so much ammo, one "cooked" example won't be missed.
yaa thanks
Posted by oyun oyunlar  in  abd  on  Thu Sep 06, 2007  at  07:16 PM
So how does this prove that the quote is a fake?
Posted by Oregonryan  in  email@ryanscottphd.com  on  Mon Sep 10, 2007  at  01:12 PM
I am a smart liberal. You can tell how smart I am by my ability to call people names. See how smart I am!

Bush bad. Me good.
Posted by Mike  on  Mon Sep 10, 2007  at  07:28 PM
Oregonryan -

Kinsey states "What on earth could Reagan have written? I indulged my imagination, and my ego", thereby alterting readers that it is fiction.

You are one smart liberal! Kudos to you on your intellectual superiority!
Posted by Mike  on  Mon Sep 10, 2007  at  07:33 PM
Mike,

Perhaps it takes a "smart liberal" to miss one line, but a real brain dead horse's behind to support Bush. As far as I am concerned, the blood of our "War on Terror" is on the hands of POS's like yourself.
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Posted by Mofinger  on  Fri Nov 23, 2007  at  01:21 PM
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Posted by Dominic Monaghan Star  on  Fri Nov 30, 2007  at  01:13 PM
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Posted by Noahadine  in  Noahadine  on  Fri Aug 29, 2008  at  06:03 AM
the link to the article the quote is supposedly really from is dead. better fix that if you want it to be credible.
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