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By Doug Powers  •  January 16, 2011 11:59 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

It’s safe to assume that Michael Reagan has a slight disagreement with Ron Reagan Jr’s “dad had Alzheimers while he was president” allegation in his book:


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Reagan Jr’s book suggests — even though the myth has been debunked for years — that President Reagan had Alzheimer’s during his presidency, citing in part some verbal fumbling during a 1984 debate with Walter Mondale. Sure, maybe if Reagan hadn’t slipped a little during that debate he’d have won all 50 states.

Reagan Jr’s claim that his father was stricken with Alzheimers by 1986 would mean that the president was in the throes of the disease when he delivered the famous Brandenburg Speech in 1987:

Moe Lane adds:

Decide for yourself whether or not that is a man with Alzheimer’s – but never forget this. Before they hated Sarah Palin, or Dick Cheney, or Donald Rumsfeld, or Condoleeza Rice, or George W Bush, the Left hated Ronald Wilson Reagan. They hated and feared him – and not least for the way that he destroyed the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics in eight short years. It’s not even that he did it; it’s that he did it so apparently effortlessly. Reagan made his opponents look like chumps – which they were; I was on the other side during that decade, so I have some familiarity with the type – and he will not be forgiven for that until after his last opponent is dead in his bed of old age.

Meanwhile, plans in DC are continuing to honor the 100th birthday of a great president, relegating claims like the Alzheimer’s-in-office myth to the smearheap of history where they belong.

Some people are asking for bipartisanship? They’ve got it:

In less than a month President Ronald Reagan would have celebrated his 100th birthday and a tight-knit group, consisting of many Democrats, is stepping up to try to throw the Republican “Gipper” the biggest birthday bash ever.

At the helm of the group’s congressional and White House efforts is Michele Woodward, a former staffer of Reagan’s who serves as the executive director of the Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission, which President Barack Obama formed 18 months ago.

In the upper chamber Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Jim Webb (D-Va.) have been extremely instrumental in crafting the events of the Feb. 6 centennial celebrations, said Woodward, adding that they are in the process of drafting a “dear colleague” letter, which will ask members to make floor statements in honor of Reagan on Feb. 3.

Probably not the kind of bipartisanship the left had in mind, but hey, it’s a start… right?

**Written by Doug Powers

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