Letters to the Editor

Obama is no Reagan no matter what he says

Sunday marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of the late President Ronald Reagan. Celebrations across the country served as a reminder of the legacy that great man left this nation and the world.

What I find interesting is that many on the left who previously scorned Reagan and fought bitterly, and in the most uncivil terms, against his policies are now wrapping themselves in his flag.

That includes President Barack Obama, who in his book "Dreams From My Father" cited "Reagan and his minions' dirty deeds" as the reason he decided to become a community organizer and oppose Reagan's policies.

Now, Obama lauds Reagan at every opportunity and seems to embrace every aspect of Reaganism except the very policies for economic growth (cut taxes) and national security (peace through strength) that made Reagan such a great and successful president.

I worked in the Reagan White House during the 1988 presidential campaign. During the vice presidential debate between Democrat Lloyd Bentsen and Republican Dan Quayle, Bentsen reacted to Quayle's mention of the late John F. Kennedy by saying: "Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy, I knew Jack Kennedy, Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy."

To Obama, I would say, "I knew Ronald Reagan. I worked with him in the White House, and you, sir, are no Ronald Reagan."

Let's remember that it isn't just how you say it, but what you do that counts.

Michael MillerMoss Creek