Sarah Palin Has Nothing in Common With Ronald Reagan…. NOTHING!

Palin has nothing in common with dad, says Reagan son

The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Sarah Palin is honoring one Reagan and offending another with the same speech. The former Alaska governor is scheduled to speak in Santa Barbara, Calif., on Friday at a tribute to former President Ronald Reagan — just one of the celebrations marking the centennial of the 40th president’s birth on Feb. 6. But his son, Ron Reagan, tells The Associated Press he doesn’t see anything in common between his dad and the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate, who was invited to speak by the event’s sponsor, the conservative Young America’s Foundation. “Sarah Palin is a soap opera, basically. She’s doing mostly what she does to make money and keep her name in the news,” Reagan says. “She is not a serious candidate for president and never has been,” said Reagan, a political independent whose politics lean left. But former Reagan speechwriter Kenneth Khachigian praised the choice of Palin to speak. Palin was a teenager when Reagan took office in 1981 and like many young people “their lives and philosophy and political fortunes were shaped by the Reagan era. She can reflect on that as well as anyone could,” Khachigian says. The foundation was founded in the 1960s to promote conservative ideas on college campuses, and it purchased Reagan’s former ranch in 1998. The foundation is not connected with the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley.

Palin’s political committee did not respond to an e-mail Thursday seeking comment. Palin’s speech tonight will be webcast on C-SPAN.


23 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. alicia
    Feb 04, 2011 @ 14:31:49

    Except for the dementia, only Reagan had it much later in life than Palin.


  2. Enjay in E MT
    Feb 04, 2011 @ 15:59:47

    I beg to differ with Ron – one thing in common is (was) being groomed by “powers behind the scenes”. Every event, meeting, fundraiser etc., for the candidate Reagan was staged & scripted, the right (diverse)type of people shown, the right questions, even the off-the-cuff remarks he delivered were planned in advance. His Presidential “tear down this wall” speech was staged for maximum presence, yet planned weeks in advance with the USSR. Reagan had the persona, political savvy, intellect and with the right coaching to “be the President”

    I believe these “powers” attempted to stage & script Sarah as the next Reagan in 2008 – fortunately (for America) with You-Tube, unlimited picture & video phones, and her lack of emotional maturity / world knowledge…. cut their losses. Initially, the Hong-Kong trip, speech circuit & Going Rogue tour were giving her good political numbers – then onto reality TV, hand notes, blowing off premier fundraising type events….. My guess is “drop” started to happen when she resigned as governor (ruining her political creds). The book tour was already in the works….but once that was done – her people took over and she has become more of a joke since.


    • Syrin
      Feb 04, 2011 @ 16:41:24

      While I agree Reagan’s state of the states and some other speeches or events may have appeared to be staged and probably were. But, we’re forgetting Ronald Reagan was man of his own. I don’t believe anyone ‘groomed’ him. The man had COMPLETED two terms as governor of California. I think it was really his mode of operation to be prepared, on point. There’s no one that I would ever compare Palin too, it would degrade whoever it is, as in Ronald Reagan. There is NOTHING in common! He had a way to make you feel like he’s talking to you. He was not arrogant or a quitter, for that matter. Brief Reagan History from Wikipedia
      Military service
      Entertainment career
      Radio and film
      SAG president and television
      Marriages and children
      Early political career
      Governor of California, 1967–1975
      1976 presidential campaign
      1980 presidential campaign


      • WakeUpAmerica
        Feb 04, 2011 @ 17:05:00

        Yes, well let me tell you about his time as governor. You really had to live here to appreciate it. Thanks to Ronnie, he blew a surplus and left a debt. Sound familiar? He had a brand new mansion built for him and his family, believing the governor’s mansion wasn’t good enough. He closed mental health facilities and had mentally ill people kicked out onto the streets; this was the start of California’s homeless problem. He cut education and raised college fees greatly, adversely affecting the best state run higher education system in America. Woo hoo. What a guy. I’ll take Jerry Brown any day to Ronald Reagan. First thing Jerry did as governor? Sold the mansion.

      • AFM
        Feb 05, 2011 @ 15:20:24

        R eagan was a nice man I will give you that. I remember when my husband was on active duty he sent soldiers to the middle east. What did he do when the building many of the soldiers were staying at was bombed and we lost over 200 service men and women at that time. He left the country if this had been Obama the right would want to run him out of office. Reagan left a hugh deficit when he left office. We are still seeing the fallout of “trickle down economics” . It hurt this country badly. Now another thing that gets me is this thing that saying “Tear down this wall” that some how Reagan Destroyed Russia. I say to you he didn’t do it alone. The Pope, Walsinki of Poland (I think that is where he was from) and Gorbby who was willing to see what was going on all helped bring that wall down. Although I didn’t vote for Reagan I respected him allot because he was our president and my husband’s boss. Another thing I like about him was the way he kept the religious right at arms length even though they supported him. Even Pappa Bush who followed did the same. Things changed will W got involved.

  3. Syrin
    Feb 04, 2011 @ 15:59:55

    Palin has nothing in common with any Conservative Republican! Why? Because she’s an IMPOSTER, FRAUD, Sarah is a political whore! Her life and thin resume’ does not line up with her false narrative…This is the what I’ve observed in the resent past with Palin. Everything that she’s associated with and now it’s the legacy of Ronald Reagan; is mocked, ridiculed, demonized and marginalized! It becomes a perverted shadow of the original…

    Why did Nancy, who has charge of the estate and all that’s associated give permission?


    • Gindy52
      Feb 05, 2011 @ 03:07:35

      WakeUp is right. I lived through the idiocy that was Reagan’s governorships and it was insane. He screwed up California so badly it still has not recovered and his handlers have done the same thing to the USA. Reagan was a bad governor and a horrific president.


      • WakeUpAmerica
        Feb 05, 2011 @ 05:56:43

        To me, the very worst thing he did was close mental health facilities and deny services to many mentally ill people. He believed that their families should care for them. Isn’t that just heart-warming and special? What about those who had no families or their familes had deserted them? How about those whose illnesses were too severe for families to care for them? Those poor people were thrown onto the streets to wander and try to fend for themselves where they were/are often assaulted. It was/is obscene.

        Just another example of his failed “trickle-down Reaganomics.” What a frickin’ joke and tragedy! Reagan had absolutely no background or education to be dictating economic policies, but he is held up as such an expert. Wait. What? You mean, like a certain “energy” expert? Why, yes, I guess there are some similarities!

    • WakeUpAmerica
      Feb 05, 2011 @ 05:48:41

      Why indeed?!


    • grammy11
      Feb 05, 2011 @ 10:03:30

      The Reagan family doesn’t own the property anymore where Sarah spoke. They sold it to that youth organization. The true birthday celebration will take place on his actual birthday on the 6th. It will include the entire Reagan family. And no SP.


    • curiouser
      Feb 05, 2011 @ 10:38:26

      The event was seriously misrepresented to make it sound like a Reagan-family sanctioned centennial celebration. Nancy Reagan has no connection with the Young America Foundation or with the old Reagan Ranch in Santa Barbara which was sold to YAF.

      Sarah Palin was not invited to any of the official centennial activities to be held this weekend at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley.,0,4799011.story


    • AFM
      Feb 05, 2011 @ 15:42:22

      Some young republican group bought the property where they where having this event. I don’t think had Nancy had a say would have had this trainwreck speak. Both Ron and Patti said she is the complete opposite of Reagan. I know they cringe when either Palin or Bachmann mention Reagan’s name. The funny thing is today he couldn’t get elected. He would be considered to moderate. Of course like Cheney he didn’t think a balance budget was a problem either.


  4. Diane
    Feb 05, 2011 @ 04:04:24

    Look what another republican Gov. has done to another state~ Texas!

    Texas is in great financial trouble. But it has had a republican Gov. and state government.
    Looks like those conservative and financial values = failing state.


    • Syrin
      Feb 05, 2011 @ 14:22:19

      Yeah well, I can tell you that ‘conservative’ isn’t what is used to be. Those Republicans who insist on letting their morals and integrity take the back burner, they will never we able to lead affectively, nor should anyone follow, it does not matter at that point what they say their idealogy is.. I would contend to each of you who pin a bad state economy on a Republican in office, that those Republicans were not applying Republican ‘conservative’ economics, but some kind of populism. Oh, C’mon…There are just as many Dems who have economically devestated their state’s economy. During the Reagan years a heck of a lot of Democrats came on board with his policy and ideals.. During his second term, Ronald Reagan tapped his first-term …. Remember the so-called Blue-Dog Democrats
      Interestingly, there is a liberal conservative tradition in the United States combines the economic individualism of the classical liberals. Present conservative ideals involve stressing about free-market economics and belief in individual responsibility, a limited government and welfare state. But defence of civil rights, environmentalism have taken a back seat..


    • AFM
      Feb 05, 2011 @ 15:44:36

      Did you hear about some county in NY(I think) that was wealthy and they elected a tea party person and now the rich county is in terrible debt thanks to him. The state had to step in.


  5. AKRNC
    Feb 05, 2011 @ 14:12:23

    Whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican, if you’re able to remember the Reagan era, you know that the Conservatives have re-written history when it comes to Reagan. When I heard Palin say for the first time, approximately two years ago, that when Reagan was President and he was confronted with “the worst economy this nation had ever seen, he cut taxes and watched the economy roar back to life again”. What outrageous b.s.! Of course, nobody ever contradicted her on it or was able to ask her about the times he raised taxes while President, she doesn’t “do questions”.

    President Obama has not been everything I had hoped for but I’m also able to realize that what he was handed was probably far worse than what had been indicated. He’s not had the Republican party working with him, they are working against him and it’s all about their party, not about the people. When it comes right down to it, whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat, I think the great majority of us all want the same thing. We’d like to be able to take care of our families, save money, pay our bills, see our children get a decent education and be able to afford college-not have to take out a second mortgage to get an education for them, and especially not have to work until we’re in our 70’s.

    The divisive nature of Palin will be looked upon in years to come as one of the worst things to happen to our country, especially her nonsense about “rill ‘murikens” vs. those “elites on the East coast”. Her comments about elites speak volumes about her inferiority complex when it comes to her education. I’ve never heard anyone speak negatively about a great education from an Ivy League school until Palin with her alleged Bachelor’s degree obtained after attending six different schools in six years. Taking six years to get a degree is nothing to be ashamed of when you’re working your way through school, however, there is no excuse for the six different schools she attended. It speaks of her flighty nature and inability to get anything done. When I hear her compared to Reagan, despite my dislike for many of his policies, there’s nothing to compare. He governed California for two terms, was well-read and wrote many of his own speeches. He was not only college educated, but self-educated. He certainly didn’t shy away from the press nor speak to those in the opposing party in such an immature and snarky manner. Palin is nothing like Reagan and hopefully, we’ll never see anyone else like Palin again, at least not in politics.


    • Syrin
      Feb 05, 2011 @ 14:37:41

      Yes, alot of what you’re saying is indeed true. I can’t defend the lying nature and actively devisive person of Sarah Palin. She has been allowed to redefine many traditionally held beliefs for the mere fact she’s POPULAR to be used to offend and seems to be a finanical draw. CORRUPTION is what I see. It’s not about politics, idealolgy or what is needed to secure the country. Since Palin has hit the scene it’s been a distraction from all the important issues. Each of those issues she’s made a mockery of. Hell, the whole political process has become a farce, as far as I’m concerned…


      • AFM
        Feb 05, 2011 @ 15:51:51

        Syrin there is no one here can disagree with that. This country is in deep deep trouble. But if you have people who think the word “comprise” is a nasty word then how in the world are we ever going to solve problems. I wish the democratics and republicans would get back together before Newt Gringrich took over the house. They use to even have get togethers after work. Now yelling we will not comprise just isn’t going to work. Don’t you think? Even when the republicans had all 3 branches the democratics didn’t do this much of not wanting to comprise.

  6. WakeUpAmerica
    Feb 05, 2011 @ 14:16:03

    OT, Bristol-the-Ignorant is writing a book. BWAAAHAAAAAHAAAAA!! I wonder if it will come with a box of markers or crayons. Maybe it will have stickers. “Ummm” and “what not.”


    • Syrin
      Feb 05, 2011 @ 14:27:29

      That is the most ridiculous thing that I’ve heard today, about the Palins!!! And, I’ve heard a few crazy things lately…


      • AFM
        Feb 05, 2011 @ 15:54:40

        What the hell does she have to say at 20 yrs old? How many children I have or how many guys I slept with. Of course I have a feeling it won’t do well. It is on Amazon if you want to pre order it for $17.50 (I think). There will be some sucker to buy it.

  7. AKRNC
    Feb 05, 2011 @ 15:04:53

    What the hell could Bristol possibly have to write a book about? She’s all of 20 years old and she has yet to really live life as most people have. What the hell is she going to talk about, giving the big middle finger to the “haters”? How she didn’t win DWTS? Or about how “difficult” it is to be making hundreds of thousands of dollars because she was an unwed single mother?

    I’m really surprised they are going through with this after Palin’s second book bombed. Why would anyone think Bristol’s book could do even as well as her mother’s second book? This family is more of a joke with each passing day.


  8. Syrin
    Feb 05, 2011 @ 23:08:19

    It’s the media perpetuating her.
    Look at this small room of people for her “Reagan” speech…


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