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calendar   Thursday - June 30, 2011

a statue for president reagan in London’s Grosvenor Square

Always happy to post something on or about my favorite president and governor.  Thought BMEWS readers might be interested and I kinda doubt that this is getting much play in the USA.  Hope I am wrong.

The only real problem I may have is, the politicians he mentions here are all of them, lightweights.  And even bringing Cameron’s name in is yuk because he’s consv. lite. These people, David Cameron, Nicolas Sarkozy, Angela Merkel and Bush shouldn’t even be mentioned in the same breath. Although I could give Bush some slack if pushed but still.  None could come up to his measure.

See the link below for all of the story.


The left derided him as a drooling warmonger. But our leaders could learn so much from Reagan’s appeal to the common man

By DOMINIC SANDBROOK
Last updated at 1:28 PM on 30th June 2011

For one group of London expats, next Monday will be particularly special. Following a weekend of Independence Day celebrations, hundreds of Americans are expected to gather in Grosvenor Square to unveil the statue of a man who became the incarnation of the special relationship.

Thirty years ago, when Ronald Wilson Reagan became the 40th President of the United States, there were many who mocked him as a washed-up Hollywood has-been. With his country traumatised after Vietnam and Watergate, with inflation soaring, oil prices rocketing and the Middle East in flames, American prestige seemed at its lowest ebb.

Yet on Monday, Margaret Thatcher’s great soulmate will become only the fifth U.S. President to have his own monument in the mother country — following George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower.

There could hardly be a greater tribute to a president who endured merciless mockery during his administration yet is now remembered as one of the most influential men of the past half-century.

A century after the so-called Great Communicator was born in the obscure little town of Tampico, Illinois, the son of a drunken travelling salesman and a pious, church-going mother, Reagan’s legend continues to grow.

Even now, Republican presidential hopefuls casting their hats into the ring for the chance to take on Barack Obama next year routinely invoke him as their greatest hero.

None of them, however, comes close to matching Reagan’s extraordinary appeal to the common man.

Across the Western world, no conservative leader — not David Cameron, not Nicolas Sarkozy, not Angela Merkel and certainly not George W. Bush — has quite emulated the patriotic populism that made him so successful.

Yet even British politicians have much to learn from the story of a man who came to power in 1981 with prices rising, the economy stagnant, and his nation’s morale at an all-time low — and left office eight years later as one of the most decisive leaders in modern history.

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The statue of Reagan will be unveiled in London’s Grosvenor Square to mark the former president’s 100th birthday

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