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To: calgal who wrote (220)9/2/2004 1:41:07 PM
From: Glenn Petersen
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Reagan: 'I've come to honor my father'

Wednesday, September 1, 2004 Posted: 10:45 PM EDT (0245 GMT)

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Michael Reagan introduced a video tribute to his late father, former President Ronald Reagan, to the Republican National Convention.

This is a transcript of his remarks.

I knew if I waited long enough, the Republican Party would rock, and it's rocking tonight. It's good to be here.

My fellow Republicans, good evening to you, each and every one of you. I am truly the luckiest man in the world. I am lucky for so many, many reasons.

First of all, I'm lucky because my mother, my father, my birth-mother and my birth-father all had something in common. You know what it was? They were all pro-life.

And they were pro-adoption.

Because they were, I stand before you tonight as Michael Edward Reagan.

I've come tonight to honor my father, not to politicize his name.

I'm here to introduce a video tribute to my father, Ronald Reagan, who was not just a great leader, but also a great dad.

But first of all, on behalf of the Reagan family, I'd like to take a moment to thank everyone here and everyone at home across America for all you did during the week that we laid my father to rest.

It was your faith, it was your love, it was your support that truly sustained each member of our family. So many of you stood in all-night vigils, stopped your cars and trucks, waved your flags or just placed your hands on your heart as our cars drove by.

One gentleman, by the name of Jorge Ponce-Rodriguez, left his passport with a message to our family there at the library in Simi Valley. He said, because of President Reagan, "my family and I were able to achieve the American dream. God bless Ronald Reagan."

Why did my father -- why did he evoke such an incredible gratitude and goodwill?

Was it his personality? His sunny optimism? His humor? That twinkle in his eye?

Was it the fact that he was a great communicator? Or was it all of that and something more?

Ronald Reagan, you see, did not break the back of Soviet tyranny and then ignite the most powerful economy in our history with just funny stories and beautiful words. He wasn't just a great communicator. You see, my father communicated great ideas. Where did these ideas come from?

Where did they come from? They came from his beliefs. He believed, as Thomas Jefferson said -- and remember Thomas and my dad played together as children -- that God who gave us life, and he did give us life, also gave us liberty at the same time. My father believed that God had a plan for his life and for every life and for the life of our nation.

He believed America was placed between the oceans to be a beacon of freedom for the whole world, the place where man was not beholden to government, but in fact government was beholden to man.

And because of him, we are that "Shining City on a Hill," and we shine a little bit brighter tonight.

He believed the founders' limitations on government helped create the freest, most prosperous nation ever known. Finally, he believed freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. With the blessings of liberty, we have responsibilities to defend it.

Today, the USS Ronald Reagan sits in a berth in San Diego, California, with 5,000 men and women for just that purpose.

Throughout his life, his belief in you and me and the American people never ever wavered.

And finally, in his farewell letter, he wrote: "As I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life, I know that for America there will always be a bright dawn ahead."

With pride, ladies and gentleman, I present to you a video tribute of the 40th president of the United States, my dad, Ronald Wilson Reagan.

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To: Glenn Petersen who wrote (221)9/2/2004 10:13:36 PM
From: calgal
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He has class!!

Actually Michael Regan got his class from his father, a great teacher!!!

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From: calgal1/2/2005 5:46:25 PM
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bought a copy of Michael Reagan's new release,for my parents, but was able to peruse it at the store.

It's a good read!!:)

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From: Tom Clarke2/11/2005 8:35:55 AM
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Stick one for the Gipper
Postal Service peels off stamp honoring President Reagan
The Associated Press
Updated: 4:54 p.m. ET Feb. 9, 2005

WASHINGTON - President Reagan’s famous smile and blue eyes shine from a new postage stamp issued Wednesday in ceremonies across the country. It’s the latest in an already-high stack of honors bestowed on the former president since his death eight months ago.

“We wanted to produce a stamp that embodied Ronald Reagan’s warmth, personality and humanity,” James Miller, chairman of the Postal Service board of governors, said in prepared remarks. “This stamp captures the twinkle of his eyes and the charismatic grin that reflected Ronald Reagan’s eternal optimism.”

The official first-day-of-issue site for the commemorative stamp was at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, Calif.

But, while a single site suffices for most new stamps, official ceremonies were also being held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, the California state Capitol in Sacramento and in Dixon, Ill., childhood home of the 40th president. Stamp dedication events were also taking place in Florida, Missouri, Montana and Texas.

The post office has 170 million of the new 37-cent stamps on hand and is also offering a series of Reagan collectibles.

Miller, who served as head of the Office of Management and Budget under Reagan, recalled the former president as a down-to-earth man who could help others break the tension.

Once, when Congress and the president couldn’t agree on a budget and the government was faced with a shutdown, Miller said, “he turned to me, put his hand on my shoulder, and said, ‘Jim, Jim, just settle down. Let’s close ’er down and see if anybody notices.”’

Joining Miller and Postmaster General John Potter for the dedication were Edwin Meese III, Reagan’s senior adviser and later attorney general; Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska; Rep. Danny K. Davis, D-Ill.; Frederick J. Ryan, chairman of the Ronald Reagan Foundation; and Kenneth M. Duberstein, who served as Reagan’s last chief of staff.

As an ex-president, Reagan became eligible for a commemorative stamp in the year following his death. Postal Service policy restricts stamps honoring people other than presidents to those who have been dead at least 10 years.

In addition to the commemorative stamp the post office is offering collectibles for sale at its Internet site — — and some post offices. These items include:
# An 11-by-14 inch numbered print of the stamp image autographed by artist Michael Deas for $149.99.
# A 7-by-10 inch plaque of the stamp for $24.95.
# A 6 3/8-by-7 9/16 inch Keepsake Folio set that commemorates Reagan’s life through photographs for $12.95.

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To: calgal who wrote (223)3/2/2005 12:57:56 AM
From: RMF
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Geez...that Michael is going to try and make EVERY dime he can off his adopted father.

No wonder nobody in that family seems to like him...LOL

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To: RMF who wrote (225)3/2/2005 7:07:28 AM
From: Oral Roberts
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I just wonder how it is that a college drop out turned failed ballet dancer is considered an expert commentator on anything much less world affairs.

It truly says more about his audience then it does about him IMO.

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To: RMF who wrote (225)3/7/2005 1:28:46 AM
From: calgal
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Please do not say it. You are wrong

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To: calgal who wrote (227)3/7/2005 2:32:12 AM
From: RMF
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Why shouldn't I say it?

Michael's a creepy bastard that's tried to use his adopted father to promote things that Reagan would never have approved of.

Reagan wasn't a great president, but he WAS a principled man. Michael Reagan would make him turn over in his grave.

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To: RMF who wrote (225)3/7/2005 9:55:23 AM
From: Glenn Petersen
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It is Michael, not Ron, who is Ronald Reagan's intellectual heir. Ron politicized his father's funeral and parlayed it into a gig wit MSNBC. Not very classy. I personally find his pontificating incredibly boring. I can't help think that his "positions" are part of his life long rebellion against his father.

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To: Glenn Petersen who wrote (229)3/7/2005 12:50:38 PM
From: calgal
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I agree with you Glenn.....

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