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Reagan's final salute

Reagan’s final salute

Jan. 12, 1989: President Reagan gives a final salute to service members during a farewell ceremony at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington. As the commander in chief’s tenure drew to an end, the military was particularly affected. Reagan, popular with the public in general, is particularly beloved by the military, which has benefited from the huge defense buildup during his tenure.

“You have made patriotism fashionable again and serving in the military attractive,” Adm. William J. Crowe Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in a 1989 Times article. During the event, Reagan seemed on the verge of tears. America’s defenses are strong, he said, and “she stands proud and tall in the sight of the world.”

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  1. August 17, 2010, 10:02 am

    This man (Ronald Reagan) is the direct cause of the current financial collapse and subsequent depression of this country. That he is admired by so many is beyond belief. When will people wake up.

  2. August 17, 2010, 1:33 pm

    We are awake and watching in disbelief as the country is being dismantled. Frank and Dodd made banks process loans for people that had no business getting them and now they are fixing the problem?

    By: scott_r55
  3. August 22, 2010, 12:09 pm


    You are a perfect example of what I'm talking about. Frank and Dodd didn't "make" the banks do anything. It was greed.

  4. January 20, 2011, 7:49 am

    Banks were required by Fannie Mae/Mack to increase subprime notes in the packages they bought or they wouldnt buy them. Thank Carter for putting us here with his "everybody deserves to own a home" policy (reinvestment act). Mae/Mack pushed the banks to overextend and drop normal requirements for purchasers. It isnt the banks fault at all…they were following the law.

    By: michael
  5. August 17, 2010, 6:46 pm

    It can just as strongly be argued that his collapsing of the Soviet Block, and the subsequent opening of new markets, coupled with many of his deregulatory efforts, coupled with greater efficiencies brought upon by the rise in computer use in the private sector is what brought upon the great period of prosperity which many attribute to Clinton. Following in this logic, it can just as strongly be argued that it was deregulation of the banking industry under Bill Clinton as well as the greater pressure by Clinton to ensure lower income folks were able to buy homes that planted the seed to many of the seeds which bore fruit late in the G.W. Bush's second term.

    By: Scott
  6. August 25, 2010, 11:00 am


    You're regurgitating the Republican talking points. Additionally, the summation of your post is totally incorrect. Reagan did not, by himself, cause the fall of the USSR. He just happened to be president when it fell. All the other presidents before him contributed to the demise of the USSR as well.

    Deregulation of the financial institutions was the direct cause of the financial collapse of the US. It didn't happen (and Reagan knew this) until long after Reagan was gone. Clinton contributed to the so called "free trade" movement that caused millions of american jobs to be shipped overseas, but the american economy prospered under his leadership and he left the government with a surplus instead of a deficit. Compare this to Reagan's tenure of higher and higher deficits and multiple downward recessionary spirals.

    Go ahead and admire Reagan if you want to, but he did not move this country forward in any meaningfull eay.

  7. August 17, 2010, 1:28 pm

    One person is not responsible for the current financial situation of America. When we stop blame shifting and start owning up to our responsibilities as individuals, instead of looking to the government as either our destroyer or our savior, then we will get begin to back up on our feet. This is our country. Let's own it and quit whining.

    I respect President Reagan as an honorable man and a great leader who deeply loved this country.

    By: Keely
  8. August 22, 2010, 12:11 pm

    Keely, you are entitled to your opinion, as am I, and I despise the man.

  9. January 20, 2011, 7:51 am

    You despise him so much because he was a very successful conservative icon. Be honest. You choose to be negative because of politics, not accomplishments.

    By: Michael

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