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A Ronald Reagan Tribute From Daniel Hannan

Posted on | October 19, 2010 | 3 Comments

by Smitty

Reagan and his ranch feature prominently in I Want Your Money, as well as this splendid post by Hannan:

The casual visitor wouldn’t guess that this had been the home of the leader of the free world, this the table where the greatest tax cut in America’s history was signed into law, this the telephone used to call the families of fallen American soldiers. Other than one or two historical works among the cowboy novels, the only political touch is the shower-head, which is in the shape of the Liberty Bell. Here, plainly, lived a man who was bien dans sa peau; a man who, unlike so many politicians, had nothing to prove. Mikhail Gorbachev, visiting the ranch, was distressed by how basic it was; Margaret Thatcher, by contrast, loved it, intuiting that it reflected the character of its inhabitant.

Read the whole superbly written thing. Also hanging ten is Hannan’s new release, The New Road To Surfdom, which would be, like, way tasty dude, were the subject matter less dire.


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