Ronald Reagan’s oldest son, Michael, is rebutting a comment that his father would be “rolling over in his grave” over Sarah Palin’s decision to have her unwed pregnant daughter join the family on the stage at the Republican National Convention.
Jacob Weisberg of Slate.Com, who also is a contributor at “Newsweek,” told MSNBC’s David Shuster that he "was shocked to see (Palin’s) unmarried pregnant teenage daughter on stage with the Republican nominee. It seemed to me that Ronald Reagan would be rolling over in his grave if he saw the Republicans embracing unwed motherhood this way. And I think, really, the issue there is about the pro-life absolutism that has come to dominate the party.”
But Michael Reagan, speaking to the Media Research Council’s Eyeblast.TV, said his dad would have applauded Bristol Palin’s and Levi Johnston’s decision to get married and raise the child together.
Ronald Reagan "would not be rolling over in the grave,” his son said. “If anything, he would be applauding the fact that the young man who in fact got Bristol Palin pregnant is in fact following through with what my father would believe is his obligation to in fact marry the young girl and become a husband to her and a father to the child, as my father did back in 1951, when he married Nancy after she became pregnant with their daughter Patty, who was born in October of that year.”
He cited the example of his dad’s reaction to the fact that his late sister Maureen was living with Dennis Revell, whom she married after their father’s first inauguration.
Revell was treated as part of the family and photographed often with the first family before he married Maureen, Reagan said.
“Dennis Revell was in all of the photographs. In fact, he was in the official Red Room White House photograph that was taken as the first family photograph. The only person in that photograph who was not actually a member of the first family was in fact Dennis Revell, who was living with my sister Maureen at the time.
"They would not become married until April of 1981, which finally made that official first family portrait an official first family portrait. But when it first came out it was not, because Dennis was not an official member of the first family. He was only living with my sister. He was not married to her, and he was also on stage.”
John McCain warmly and publicly welcomed Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston when the Palin family arrived in St. Paul, Minn., according to Eyeblast.TV.
“Like the Reagan family, the Palins know that conservative family values are not about shaming or embarrassing your children when mistakes are made, but embracing sons and daughters and teaching them responsibility,” Eyeblast.TV commented.
“Weisberg and the rest of the media still have yet to figure that out.”
Michael Reagan told Newsmax.com that he is always amused when left-wingers cite his dad, whom they hated when he was alive, to make points with which he would have disagreed strongly.
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