Reagan’s Gilded Cage

by John J. Pitney, Jr.

Upon hearing President Obama’s comment that he misses ordinary life, most conservatives hope that he gets his wish on January 20, 2013. But before we get overly critical of the remark, let’s remember that President Reagan said something similar:  “You kind of live like a bird in a gilded cage. And I sometimes look out the window at Pennsylvania Avenue and wonder what it would be like to be able to just walk down the street to the corner drugstore and look at the magazines. I can’t do that anymore.”

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