Reagan's wit (letter)by Frank BelletNews Weekly
, July 3, 2004
I've always been of the belief that many of those who hated Reagan did so because he was an opponent of abortion and communism.
Rather than admit to those reasons publicly, and perhaps lose the support of the fellow-travellers, they rubbished him simply because they let the biased media do their thinking for them. Hollywood types and much of the media tried mocking him.
Clear thinkers thought otherwise of the man who brought down Soviet communism without firing an angry shot.
Described by biographers as very intelligent, he often answered his critics with his keen sense of humour. They gave some examples:
When asked once, "How could an actor become president?", he replied, "How could a president not become an actor?" Another time he said, "In any national emergency, I expect to be woken immediately, even if I'm in the middle of a cabinet meeting."
My favourite Reagan quip was in reply to one of the critics of his abortion stance. He said, "It's interesting to note that everyone who is in favour of abortion has already been born."Frank Bellet,