07 April 2010

Pop quiz: Name that president

Who said this?

"A nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought. And no matter how great the obstacles may seem, we must never stop our efforts to reduce the weapons of war. We must never stop at all until we see the day when nuclear arms have been banished from the face of this earth."

A. Barack Obama, April 5, 2010
B. Jimmy Carter, January 22, 1978
C. John F. Kennedy, October 3, 1961
D. Ronald Reagan, April 30, 1984

The answer is "D."

The full text of the Gipper's remarks can be found here.

Amidst the uproar on the right in the wake of President Obama's newly announced policy on nuclear weapons, how quickly we forget how abhorrent such weapons were to the greatest president of the 20th century and the icon of our movement.

This is another episode in a litany of events, too many to count, where the conservative movement, now 22 years on from the Gipper's last days in the White House, has completely forgotten what its figurehead actually believed.

Hat tip: Andrew Sullivan.

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