June 06, 2004

Condolences to the Reagan Family

The Washington State Democratic convention held a moment of silence today soon after news of Ronald Reagan's death filtered in.

Greg Rodriguez, chair of the King County Democrats, heard the news this afternoon just outside the convention hall. He immediately suggested that an announcement be made from the platform and had the convention chair notified. He said that "a loss of any president is a loss to the country." Rodriguez expressed his sympathies for the Reagan family on a KTTH call-in show this morning, amidst the news of the last couple days regarding President Reagan's failing health.

Reaction among delegates was similarly sympathetic, from noting that the former president had suffered for a long time, to hoping that the family would be left alone to grieve privately. Becky Lewis, chair of the 48th Legislative district, simply said "I feel sorry for the family."

The most overtly political statement was made by state party chair, Paul Berendt. On learning of Reagan's death, he said "The way the country's going under this president, Ronald Reagan's presidency almost seems like the good old days." Another senior party member hearing of Berendt's remarks thought the comment could have been more appropriate for the circumstances.

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Comments

I hope he says hi to Nixon in hell.

Posted by: Jake of 8bitjoystick.com at June 8, 2004 02:14 AM

Temper.

Posted by: natasha at June 9, 2004 08:33 AM

In Memoriam of
President Ronald Reagan
(1911-2004):
Farewell to an Era

After learning of the passing of former
President Ronald Reagan on last week, my heart became heavy. Not only was President Reagan a great leader for the American people for almost a decade, but he was for me, one of the symbols of the 1980s. My early childhood evolved throughout his two terms as president and back in those days the presidency "meant something" important to the collective morals and values of the American family. The late great president is distinguishly noted for many accomplishments made both before and during his time as Commander and Chief, while among the greatest accomplishment is that he was instrumental in the fall of Communism in the Soviet Union, which in itself is a "world-changing" and "life-changing" historical event that changed the face of humanity as a whole. I distinctly recall his speech wherein he made what is now known as a signature statement to then USSR president, Mikhail Gorbachev, that is to: ..."Tear down this wall!" This initated the decline of Russian communism which soon led to its demise. This particular memory, which caused (in me) some emotions to resurface, echoes in my mind, because it came just months after the loss of my own father, the Late Great James H. Turner, Sr. (1940-1987), which was in the spring of 1987.
The Late Great President Reagan was a husband, father, national leader, and world figure who will forever be remembered for his esteem greatness in the arena of politics, but also for his unwavering charisma. His death, in my mind, not only marks the loss of a great president, but also the "end of an era" and the closing of a chapter in my own life--my childhood.
I just wanted to share my thoughts during this time of national mourning, as well as share my admiration, respect, and tribute to our most esteemed 40th president of the United States of America and also to a decade that will continue to live in my memory.

My deepest condolescences to Ms. Nancy Reagan and the entire Reagan family.

Posted by: Aprille Turner-Amos at June 11, 2004 05:10 PM

That may be the single strangest comment (based on average readership and tenor of the site) we've ever gotten here at PV. Thank you for sharing the rose colored memories of your early childhood with us, your extensive use of "quotes", and your apparent allergy to paragraphs.

Posted by: natasha at June 11, 2004 08:00 PM

RONALD WILSON THE GIPPER REAGAN WAS ONE OF THE BEST IN THE HISTORY OF U.S. PRESIDENTS AND HIS WIFE DESERVES RESPECT FOR HER ROLE HE MAY HAVE BEEN THE PRESIDENT BUT THERE IS A GREAT WOMAN BEHIND HIM THROUGH THE BEST AND HARDEST OF TIMES

Posted by: DANIEL HEIMANN at June 12, 2004 04:36 AM

I have voted Democratic most of my adult life.

But even though I had voted for Jimmy Carter in 1976, in 1980 I voted the Gipper.

Party affiliation was irrelevant -Reagan had a
capacity to inspire Americans that Carter could
could not achieve. And in 1980 we needed that.
I did not agree with everything Reagan did during his Presidency. That's for sure. But it must be
said to his credit that he wore his honors lightly; never thought he was better than anyone
else because of the fact he held the highest
office in the land (unlike our current "leader".)
No, Ronald Reagan was a man of modesty and decency
who by the sheer force of his personality brought
about the end of the Cold War. You can be sure
that none of the current ex-Presidents - Ford,
Carter, Bush Sr. and Clinton - will ever be
venerated when they die the way the Gipper was.
Ronald Reagan had a grip on the heartstrings of
the American public. God bless the memory of Ronald Reagan.

Posted by: Richard at June 14, 2004 07:40 AM