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Let’s Unveil One for the Gipper

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Posted on Jul 4, 2011
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Ronald Reagan campaigns on the California coast in the 1960s.

This Fourth of July, during a transatlantic Age of Austerity, roughly 2,000 people paid to attend a private celebration near the American embassy in London’s Grosvenor Square, where a memorial statue of Ronald Reagan was unveiled. British Foreign Secretary William Hague and former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice were among the event’s distinguished guests.

It was not popular demand that brought an immortal image of the 40th president of the United States to the English capital. The event was organized by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation as part of a two-year-long Reagan Centennial Celebration marking what would have been his 100th birthday. —ARK

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But this is the Age of Austerity. The party is now a scaled down event for the creme de la creme. This year, the big 4 July event in London was held in Grosvenor Square just across from the American embassy and it was a private affair not hosted by the US government. A statue of Ronald Reagan, 40th president of the United States, was unveiled.

... The creation of the statue—total cost $1m—did not grow out of a public clamour for a fitting memorial to the late president (though Westminster City Council made an exception to its usual rule refusing permission for statues until 10 years have passed since the subject’s death).

The event is part of a year-long series of big occasions to mark the centenary of Reagan’s birth, organised by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation. In the weeks prior to the London unveiling, statues have been unveiled and conferences convened in Krakow, Budapest and Prague.

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By Tobysgirl, July 5, 2011 at 11:58 am Link to this comment

After hearing this on the news, I am SO HAPPY to read everyone’s comments. I, too, can’t wait until this piece of crap is defaced! Now, what would be really funny and to the point? I hope someone clever gets to work very soon.

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By ocjim, July 5, 2011 at 10:52 am Link to this comment

So money even buys memorials to the one who began the decline of America’s middle class. A political neophyte, he was convinced by neo-conservative forces that he was doing America a service. Even yet, their money wants to enshrine our decline—their gain—with sculpture.

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By jr., July 5, 2011 at 10:16 am Link to this comment

A statue of reagan; oh, YUK!!!

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By surfnow, July 5, 2011 at 8:17 am Link to this comment

I’m sure Bush’s statue is in the planning stage. ( I think a dedication to his famous carrier landing- complete with codpiece)

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By Mike3, July 5, 2011 at 8:05 am Link to this comment

The Ronald Reagan Mutual Ass Kissing Society. Well the Americans named a warship after Winston Churchill so I suppose the favor has to be returned. But notice the celebrations were only for the select chosen. The New World Order and a sign of the future.

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By Jim Yell, July 5, 2011 at 6:18 am Link to this comment
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Reagan is all right wing hyp. He deserves no praise and if it weren’t for the Bushs, he would be the worst President ever.

He brought down the Soviet Union we are told, but in fact he did more damage to the USA and the death of Soviet Union was more their own doing than ours. Reagan was so unprepared for the fall of the Soviets that he had no plan in place to help the Russians make the change.

Reagan’s history as a politician was to sell himself for a fist full of gold. His only talent was knowing which side his bread is buttered on. He betrayed every group that ever believed in anything he said. Well I guess he was after all the distillation of the American Politician—after all.

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By Inherit The Wind, July 5, 2011 at 3:25 am Link to this comment

Attention, All Pigeons!

Ready, Aim, FIRE!

(I didn’t make THIS shit up! smile )

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By diamond, July 4, 2011 at 3:12 pm Link to this comment

Christ. You couldn’t make this shit up.

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By John Sullivan, July 4, 2011 at 1:37 pm Link to this comment
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Further events marking the centenary include firing air traffic controllers, mounting a failed invasion of Grenada, and arming right-wing paramilitary groups in South America.

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By OldUncleDave, July 4, 2011 at 12:54 pm Link to this comment

So the father of homelessness in america gets a statue in London.  I can hardly wait for the first defacing of the statue to occur.

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By berniem, July 4, 2011 at 12:15 pm Link to this comment

And to think that we laugh at the French for their obsession with Jerry Lewis! FREE BRADLEY MANNING AND TIM DeCHRISTOPHER!!!!!

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By Daye, July 4, 2011 at 12:05 pm Link to this comment

How repulsive.

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