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21
Jul
17

The Most Interesting Men In The World

Jonathan Goldsmith: How The World’s Most Interesting Man Befriended The World’s Most Powerful Man

Damn,” he said in a half-hushed whisper. “This guy’s good.” I could hear President Obama as he walked up the path behind me and spied the multiple arrows I had placed, undetected, in the bull’s-eye. I waited until I could sense him close by. Then, with the casual swagger that had become my calling card, I turned, and feigning annoyance, delivered the line I had prepared:  What took you so long?” Obama, recognizing me immediately, clapped his hands and doubled over in laughter. There’s no way he could have been as happy and amazed as I was to be there.  The president and I had met earlier that year at a fundraiser in Vermont when he was just preparing for his reelection campaign. He had impressed me with his encyclopedic recall of the outrageous escapades of my TV character.

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Still, I was more than surprised when I later got a call from one of his deputies. Would I like to be part of a special surprise for the president’s 50th birthday celebration at Camp David? Ten of Obama’s best friends—most of them people he had known as far back as high school—were on the list. And me. All top secret. Life didn’t get any more interesting than this. Would I like to come? You bet I would. The first time I met President Obama, I was part of a welcoming committee in the state of Vermont, where I now live. He was just starting his second run for the presidency, and we were invited to be in a greeting line of about 200 people. Our 10-second photo-op turned into a several-minute conversation. Still, I thought, this must be a setup. Someone has to be playing a joke on me, and they had prompted him with information. But when Obama mentioned that he loved a New Yorker article about me and quoted from the commercials, I knew he was being sincere. I drove home feeling as if it was a dream. The president of the United States is interested in me, the imaginary most interesting man in the world.

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17
Feb
11

reagan: a conservative icon. err…..

Brian Goldsmith (The Atlantic): …. As governor of California, Ronald Reagan signed the law that legalized abortion in California, that allowed no-fault divorce for the first time, and he championed and approved the largest tax increase in state history…

He raised sales, corporate, inheritance, liquor and cigarette taxes, and the top income tax rate …. Under Governor Reagan, the California Air Resources Board (so-called “command and control” environmental regulation) was founded, and real spending increased almost 13 percent – more than under his Democratic successor, Jerry Brown. Reagan even signed the Mulford Act, “prohibiting the carrying of firearms on one’s person or in a vehicle, in any public place or on any public street.”

As president, Reagan raised taxes at least seven times. In 1982 alone, he raised taxes twice, including the largest peacetime tax increase in American history … he also raised spending by nearly a quarter in real terms – more than double the increase under President Clinton. In all, Reagan grew the federal civilian workforce by about 200,000; Clinton cut it by about 200,000. The national debt skyrocketed from $700 billion to nearly $3 trillion…

…he also negotiated sweeping arms control deals with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. He even signed the United Nations Convention Against Torture that banned harsh interrogation techniques even under “exceptional circumstances.” (Today’s GOP leaders attack the UN and oppose relatively modest arms control treaties like New START.)

On social issues, Reagan’s record was even less conservative. He spoke about prayer in schools and ending abortion rights – but did little about either. He appointed the pro-choice Sandra Day O’Connor to the Supreme Court. He even granted amnesty – yes, amnesty – to nearly three million illegal immigrants.

In a 1984 campaign debate, Reagan said, “I believe in the idea of amnesty for those who have put down roots and lived here, even though sometime back they may have entered illegally.” Here’s a thought: some reporter should tell Palin a Democrat had just spoken those words. Somehow it seems doubtful her response would be, “How Reaganesque”.

Read the full article here – and pass it on to your Reagan-worshiping conservative friends 😉




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