Today is Super Bowl Sunday, a tradition I've never really been able to get excited about. Whether this is because I was raised in a culture that prefers rugby, or because I was raised to prefer playing sports and having fun myself rather than watching others play sports and have fun is up for debate. But, today also happens to be the centennial of President Ronald Reagan's birth. And that happens to be something I can get excited about.
This was a man of character, courage, humor and common sense. A man who was directly responsible for the fall of the Soviet Union and for a period of tremendous economic vibrancy in the United States. He also has some of the best quotes of any recent president. Including his now famous quote, said during a sound-check prior to an NPR broadcast, "My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you I just signed legislation which outlaws Russia forever. The bombing begins in five minutes."
Recently, as covered in a Time magazine piece, Obama has started trying to model himself after Reagan. Granted, they are both excellent communicators and skilled orators, but if you know anything about Reagan, you'll be quite clear that Obama is no Reagan.
I have to close by recommending two biographies on RR, When Character Was King, by Peggy Noonan, and Dutch, by Edmund Morris, and by offering a toast (very appropriate for Adar and a "v'nahafochu" mentality) in honor of the greatest president of recent time, "Bottoms up!"
Thanks to The Professor for letting me know about this: