Sunday marks the 100th anniversary of former president Ronald Reagan’s birthday. Several observances have been planned across the country to celebrate the Gipper.
In honor and remembrance of the 40th president, we have compiled a list of quotes from various influential political figures about their memories of Reagan.
“He understood that while we may see the world differently and hold different opinions about what’s best for our country, the fact remains that we are all patriots who put the welfare of our fellow citizens above all else.” -Obama
“When Reagan walked into a room, he was unfailingly polite and friendly without any good ol’ boy posturing. Yet you knew you were in the presence of the president of the United States . . . Will there be another like Ronald Wilson Reagan? Not in our lifetime. And that’s too bad.” – Sam Donaldson, ABC News
“Ronald Reagan believed differently. He possessed an unshakeable faith in America’s greatness, past and future, that proved more durable than the prevailing political sentiments of the time. And his confidence was a tonic to men who had come home eager to put the war behind us and for the country to do likewise.” –McCain
“With this optimism and common sense, President Reagan held up a mirror to the American soul to remind us of our exceptionalism.” – Sarah Palin
“He sought to amend America’s wounded spirit, to restore the strength of the free world, and to free the slaves of communism.” –Margarat Thatcher
“He recognized that each of us has the power — as individuals and as a nation — to shape our own destiny . . . When the future looked darkest and the way ahead seemed uncertain, President Reagan understood both the hardships we faced and the hopes we held for the future. He understood that it is always ‘Morning in America.’ That was his gift, and we remain forever grateful.” –Obama
“Ronald Reagan changed the trajectory of America in a way that Richard Nixon did not, that Bill Clinton did not . . . he put us on a fundamentally different path.” –Obama
“His was a faith that shouted at tyrants to ‘tear down this wall.’ Such faith, such patriotism, requires a great deal of love to profess. And I will always revere him for it.” -McCain
“When walls were all I had for a world, I learned about a man whose love of freedom gave me hope in a desolate place. His faith honored us, as it honored all Americans, as it honored all freedom-loving people. Let us honor his memory by holding his faith as our own, and let us, too, tear down walls to freedom. That is what Americans do when they believe in themselves.” –McCain
“When we see people around the globe looking to the White House for leadership, we should remember Reagan’s steel spine. He understood America’s purpose in this world and what we need to do to secure liberty.” – Sarah Palin
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