In Portland, and your American city, too probably, flags are flying at half-staff in final tribute to America’s 40th president, Ronald Reagan.
I lived through the Reagan presidency. I voted against him. Twice. And though I opposed his politics and policies I will say this: the man was a damned fine politician. He simply oozed sincerity. He never seemed to be “playing politics.” He got people to like him and by extension his ideas.
My favorite Reagan quote? “My fellow Americans. I’m pleased to announce that I’ve signed legislation outlawing the Soviet Union. We begin bombing in five minutes.”
That quote should have been proceeded by “Is this thing on?”
The Reagan Administration: the people who brought you “ketchup is a vegetable.”