Even More Bipartisan than State of the Union Shared Seating …
… is talking about how great President Reagan was. As we near the centennial of Ronald Reagan’s birth, President Obama took the time to write an op-ed praising Reagan. Here’s what the President had to say in USA Today:
No matter what political disagreements you may have had with President Reagan— and I certainly had my share — there is no denying his leadership in the world, or his gift for communicating his vision for America.
President Reagan recognized the American people’s hunger for accountability and change — putting our nation on a bold new path toward both. And although he knew that conflicts between parties and political adversaries were inevitable, he also knew that they would never be strong enough to break the ties that bind us together. He understood that while we may see the world differently and hold different opinions about what’s best for our country, the fact remains that we are all patriots who put the welfare of our fellow citizens above all else.
It was a philosophy that President Reagan took to heart — famously saying that he and Democratic Speaker Tip O’Neill, with whom he sparred constantly, could be friends after 6 o’clock. It’s what led him to compromise on issues as contentious as Social Security and tax cuts. And it’s what allowed him to work with leaders of all political persuasions to advance the cause of freedom, democracy and security around the world, including reducing nuclear weapons and imagining a world, ultimately, without nuclear weapons.
Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney (perhaps anticipating another GOP primary jammed with contenders trying to out-Reagan one another) also wrote about Reagan’s greatness here and here.