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Exclusive: Ronald Reagan’s incredible dream

You’re not going to read about this anywhere else, because it didn’t really happen — although except for the Reagan part, it’s all true:

One morning in 1984, Ronald Wilson Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, awoke in the White House and shared with his wife Nancy a strange dream he had had the night before.

It was a dream about the coming 25 or 30 years in America. It began when a pot-smoking, draft-dodging, womanizing young man from Arkansas managed to win the Democratic nomination for president and then went on to defeat a genuine war hero who headed the Republican ticket.

This same young man then won a second term by defeating yet another genuine war hero. But he got in trouble by continuing his womanizing in the White House and ended up becoming the first president in 130 years to be impeached. 

Then, eight years later, a black man from Chicago, who also admitted to having been a pot smoker (and a cocaine user as well), a man who had very little political experience and whose middle name, Hussein, was the same as the last name of the late despised dictator of Iraq, somehow won the Democratic presidential nomination and went on to defeat still another genuine war hero who headed the Republican ticket.

Then, four years later, this black fellow, the former pot-smoker and cocaine-user with the unfortunate middle name, who had by then become the object of intense disparagement in many quarters,  ran for re-election against a man of great wealth, whose campaign coffers were fattened by various men of even greater wealth.

And guess who became the principal surrogate campaigner for this controversial incumbent president. It was the womanizer who had been impeached 13 years earlier. By then, he had somehow become the most popular political figure in America. How unlikely is that?

Well, anyway, the rich guy on the Republican ticket who enjoyed the backing of most other rich guys also was supported by most white folks and most of America’s more devoutly religious folks (including the Catholic hierarchy) and most small-town folks and most Southerners and probably most military veterans and most talk-radio listeners and most of the regular viewers of the most popular cable news channel. But he lost.

The black guy from Chicago, the former pot smoker and cocaine user, got re-elected with more than 300 electoral votes.

My, but President Reagan’s dream was strange! Nancy assured him that stuff like that could never really happen. They both laughed about it and took comfort in their mutual sense that, at that time, it was morning in America.

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  1. I could tell you about Bill Clinton’s incredible dream, but this is family friendly website.

  2. doc: Or you could tell us about McCain’s and Gingrich’s womanizing.

  3. I could, but it is so much less interesting because they didn’t lie under oath about it, did they?

  4. Luke Fredrickson

    Those grapes you’re eating, do they seem sour? Might be ripe in about 4 years…

  5. Sour grapes?

    Hardly.

    I don’t rely on which politician is in office to make me happy. I get my one vote, I use it and then I live my life. Too many people, on both sides of the aisles, rely on things they ultimately cannot control for life satisfaction.

    Outcomes of sporting events fall into the same category.

  6. Reagan has a legacy so distorted by the Conservative idolization of him that we may never have a clear picture of the real man behind the television set beyond the elaborate myth now concocted around him. Did he really rid the world of commie scum? Did destroy or save our economy? Check out my portrait of The Gipper and help me figure it out on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/02/happy-100th-gipper.html with some Cold War Hollywood!

  7. Hey Brandt,

    This “Art is for you, the viewer, the constant audience.” from your bio on the website is a total rip-off of Stephen King.

    You should stop that.

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