Douglas Brinkley: Mining Ronald Reagan’s one-liners

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Brinkley: Mining Ronald Reagan's one-liners

President Ronald Reagan prepares a speech at his desk in the Oval Office for a Joint Session of Congress on April 28, 1981. Photo by Michael Evans/The White House/Getty Images. Take note of the file cards by the telephone, the ones rubber-banded together on top of the black binder. Yes, those cards
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Source: CNN, 5-11-11

ONLY ON THE BLOG: Answering today’s five OFF-SET questions is Douglas Brinkley, presidential historian, contributor to Vanity Fair, and professor of history at Rice University. He is author of the books “The Wilderness Warrior,” “The Great Deluge” and “The Quiet World.”

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Brinkley is editor of “The Reagan Diaries,” and the new book, “The Notes: Ronald Reagan’s Private Collection of Stories and Wisdom.” – a collection of the fortieth president’s favorite quotations, proverbs, excerpts from speeches, poetry and literature, along with his jokes, aphorisms and insights into politics and life….READ MORE

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Political Headlines May 11, 2011: Newt Gingrich Announces Republican 2012 Presidential Bid

POLITICAL HEADLINES

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Ms. Goodman is the Editor of History Musings. She has a BA in History & Art History & a Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University, and has done graduate work in history at Concordia University.

“I’m Newt Gingrich, and I’m announcing my candidacy for President of the United States because I believe we can return America to hope and opportunity, to full employment, to real security, to an American energy program, to a balanced budget.”

  • Gingrich Officially Enters 2012 Race: After flirting for years with running for president, Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the House, officially declared Wednesday that he is a candidate for the 2012 Republican nomination, claiming the mantle of Ronald Reagan and urging Americans to “talk together, work together and find solutions together.” In a video posted on the Internet, Mr. Gingrich, 67, promoted his tenure as leader of the House and said: “We’ve done it before. We can do it again.”… – NYT, 5-11-11YouTube
  • FACT CHECK: Gingrich sketches a too-rosy past: Republican presidential aspirant Newt Gingrich is hitching his star to the era of economic growth in the 1990s when he was House speaker, declaring “We’ve done it before. We can do it again.” But his account of what he did before is inflated.
    The economy wasn’t as rosy during his time in leadership as he’s claiming — his numbers are off. And he appears to be taking all the credit for actions that were at least as much the doing of the Democratic president, Bill Clinton, as they were his own.
    A look at some of Gingrich’s statements about the past and the present, made in his presidential campaign announcement video this week and subsequent Fox TV interview, and how they compare with the facts…. – AP, 5-12-11
  • Gingrich changes dynamics of presidential field: Former U.S. House speaker Newt Gingrich’s long-predicted presidential campaign announcement started with a crash. Despite technical difficulties that briefly delayed Gingrich’s initial announcement on Twitter — the link to the Web video initially timed out — his entrance into the race changes the dynamicsof a Republican field short on political heavyweights and long on virtually unknown contenders.
    “I think that he has been intending to run really for the last couple of years, probably since the 2008 election,” said former representative Vin Weber, R-Minn., a longtime Gingrich friend. “I think he will be a major candidate.”
    In a video posted on his campaign website, Gingrich said he was running because he believes “we can return America to hope and opportunity, to full employment, to real security, to an American energy program, to a balanced budget.”… – USA Today, 5-11-11
  • Gingrich first top Republican to declare 2012 bid: Former House speaker Newt Gingrich became the first major Republican candidate to formally throw his hat into the ring for the 2012 White House race, aiming to oust President Barack Obama. …
    Jumping into the ring, Gingrich took to the Internet to declare the race for the Republican presidential nomination officially open.
    “Today I am announcing my candidacy for president of the United States,” he said in a message on the micro-blogging social network Twitter. Seizing on the voters’ top concern, the stuttering economy, he said on a video posted on YouTube that he was running “because I believe we can return America to hope and opportunity, to full employment, to real security, to an American energy program, to balanced budget.”… – AFP, 5-11-11
  • Spokesman: Newt Gingrich to announce presidential bid Wednesday via Facebook and Twitter
  • Gingrich to announce run for White House: Newt Gingrich’s Republican allies from his days as House speaker welcomed the news Monday that he plans to formally launch his presidential campaign Wednesday. Former Louisiana representative Bob Livingston, who was to succeed Gingrich as speaker in 1998, said that Gingrich would be an exciting addition to the field and that he would likely support the Georgia Republican.
    “Will he immediately unify everybody in the country? Probably not,” Livingston said. “But I think that he’s got a better understanding of some of the deeper issues that affect the country than most candidates do, and for that reason, I think it’s a good idea that he’s running.”
    Gingrich plans to announce his candidacy via Facebook and Twitter, according to spokesman Rick Tyler. Gingrich will follow those social media announcements with an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Wednesday night, a speech at the Georgia Republican Party Convention on Friday and an appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday…. – USA Today, 5-9-11
  • Gingrich expected to announce candidacy in wake of Paul’s Iowa visit, office opening: Former Speaker of the U.S. House Newt Gingrich is expected to officially announce his presidential candidacy for 2012 Wednesday, according to his Facebook page.
    “I have been humbled by all the encouragement you have given me to run. Thank you for your support. Be sure to watch Hannity this Wednesday at 9pm ET/8pm CT. I will be on to talk about my run for President of the United States,” said the Facebook message.
    Gingrich’s announcement will come a day after fellow potential GOP presidential contender and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, a Texas Republican, visits Iowa to open a campaign office in Ankeny. Paul participated in last week’s debate in South Carolina, but has yet to officially declare his candidacy for 2012…. – Iowa Independent, 5-9-11
  • Gingrich joins Republican presidential field Former House speaker has name recognition, but carries some negative political baggage: Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and a Republican powerhouse in the 1990s, announced that he was joining the race for the party’s presidential nomination to challenge President Barack Obama in 2012. He also brings considerable negative political baggage: three marriages, resignation under an ethics cloud while leader of the House and a tendency to shoot-from-the-hip when speaking.
    In 1994, Gingrich led the Republican Party to its first House majority in 40 years. But any Republican candidate could face insurmountable difficulties in defeating the incumbent Obama, who remains personally popular with Americans and has seen his job approval rating rise notably in the early days after the killing of al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden…. – AP, MSNBC, 5-10-11
  • Gingrich Run Reflects His Sense of History: Whatever can Newt Gingrich be thinking? That’s the question a lot of political handicappers are asking now that Newt, as he is universally known in Washington, has decided to enter the 2012 campaign, with an announcement expected on Wednesday. Until recently, most of my colleagues assumed that the former speaker of the House, who flirted with running four years ago, was merely doing the same thing now, just to stay in the news….. – NYT, 5-10-11
  • Gingrich Set to Run, With Wife in Central Role: Callista Bisek’s friends from rural Wisconsin were stunned when, well over a decade ago, she confided that she was secretly dating an older, married man: Newt Gingrich. Still in her 20s when they met, Ms. Bisek had been raised in a town of 1,500, the only child of a meat packer and a secretary. A churchgoing Roman Catholic, she had attended a Lutheran college where she practiced piano five hours a day. “Is this the wisest course for you to be taking?” Karen Olson, her best friend, recalled asking.
    Today, Ms. Bisek is Mrs. Gingrich, married for 11 years, but perhaps best remembered for the six-year affair that contributed to her husband’s political downfall. His critics cast Mr. Gingrich, the former House speaker, as a hypocrite who sought to impeach a president over infidelity while engaging in it himself with Ms. Bisek, who was a Congressional aide…. – NYT, 5-10-11
  • Bio Box: 2012 Republican presidential candidate Newt GingrichAP NAME: Newton Leroy Gingrich
    AGE: 67. Born in Harrisburg, Pa.; June 17, 1943.
    EDUCATION: B.A. History, Emory University; M.A. and Ph.D., Tulane University,
    FAMILY: Wife, Callista, Two daughters, Kathy Gingrich Lubbers and Jackie Gingrich Cushman, from his first marriage.
    CAREER: Taught history at West Georgia College in Carrollton, Ga. Also taught at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga. Elected to Congress in 1978. Re-elected 10 times. In 1994, Gingrich led Republicans to control of the U.S. House and was elected speaker. He stepped down from Congress in 1999. Gingrich has formed a network of business and not-for-profit groups. He has written numerous books, made documentary films and worked as a political commentator for Fox News.
    QUOTE: “Our best leaders have reminded us that we have a moral obligation to the cause of freedom and that the cause of freedom is the cause of all mankind.”
  • Newt Gingrich to (finally) make it official: Politico Arena, 5-9-11
  • Newt Gingrich: I’m running for president: Republican Newt Gingrich, the former leader of the House of Representatives known for his combative speech and turbulent tenure in Congress, formally announced Wednesday that he will attempt a political comeback by running for president.
    In a post on Twitter Wednesday, made official what has been an open secret for months: “Today I am announcing my candidacy for president of the United States.”
    Gingrich joins the race amid a shifting political landscape, altered 10 days ago when President Barack Obama announced that Osama bin Laden had been killed in Pakistan. Obama’s approval rating hit its highest point in two years, 60 percent, and more than half of Americans now say he deserves to be re-elected, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll released Wednesday…. – AP, 5-11-11
  • Analysis: Gingrich’s past a plus, a minus: When Newt Gingrich last held political office “Seinfeld” was a top-rated TV show. The Spice Girls ruled the pop charts. And pagers — not iPhones — were the must-have tech device.
    Now, as the 67-year-old former U.S. House speaker enters the race for president, he faces the challenge of drawing on his rich resume of experience while rebranding himself for a restless Republican Party that seems hungry for a fresh face to take on the youthful and hip President Barack Obama…. – AP, 5-11-11
  • Analysis: Romney, Gingrich mark a turn in GOP race: A health care speech by Mitt Romney and a formal announcement that Newt Gingrich is running mark a turn toward the substantive in the Republican presidential race.
    The change can’t happen too soon for the GOP after a series of events that did little to suggest the party is ready to take on President Barack Obama, who is now benefiting politically from the U.S. commando raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
    The Donald Trump-for-president boomlet that overshadowed the candidates is going if not gone, and a televised debate in South Carolina that several GOP hopefuls skipped is history…. – AP, 5-11-11

Newt Gingrich Announces Republican Presidential Bid

POLITICAL HEADLINES

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Ms. Goodman is the Editor of History Musings. She has a BA in History & Art History & a Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University, and has done graduate work in history at Concordia University.

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2012….

  • Gingrich Officially Enters 2012 Race: After flirting for years with running for president, Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the House, officially declared Wednesday that he is a candidate for the 2012 Republican nomination, claiming the mantle of Ronald Reagan and urging Americans to “talk together, work together and find solutions together.” In a video posted on the Internet, Mr. Gingrich, 67, promoted his tenure as leader of the House and said: “We’ve done it before. We can do it again.”… – NYT, 5-11-11YouTube
  • Gingrich changes dynamics of presidential field: Former U.S. House speaker Newt Gingrich’s long-predicted presidential campaign announcement started with a crash. Despite technical difficulties that briefly delayed Gingrich’s initial announcement on Twitter — the link to the Web video initially timed out — his entrance into the race changes the dynamicsof a Republican field short on political heavyweights and long on virtually unknown contenders.
    “I think that he has been intending to run really for the last couple of years, probably since the 2008 election,” said former representative Vin Weber, R-Minn., a longtime Gingrich friend. “I think he will be a major candidate.”
    In a video posted on his campaign website, Gingrich said he was running because he believes “we can return America to hope and opportunity, to full employment, to real security, to an American energy program, to a balanced budget.”… – USA Today, 5-11-11
  • Gingrich first top Republican to declare 2012 bid: Former House speaker Newt Gingrich became the first major Republican candidate to formally throw his hat into the ring for the 2012 White House race, aiming to oust President Barack Obama. …
    Jumping into the ring, Gingrich took to the Internet to declare the race for the Republican presidential nomination officially open.
    “Today I am announcing my candidacy for president of the United States,” he said in a message on the micro-blogging social network Twitter. Seizing on the voters’ top concern, the stuttering economy, he said on a video posted on YouTube that he was running “because I believe we can return America to hope and opportunity, to full employment, to real security, to an American energy program, to balanced budget.”… – AFP, 5-11-11
  • Spokesman: Newt Gingrich to announce presidential bid Wednesday via Facebook and Twitter
  • Gingrich to announce run for White House: Newt Gingrich’s Republican allies from his days as House speaker welcomed the news Monday that he plans to formally launch his presidential campaign Wednesday. Former Louisiana representative Bob Livingston, who was to succeed Gingrich as speaker in 1998, said that Gingrich would be an exciting addition to the field and that he would likely support the Georgia Republican.
    “Will he immediately unify everybody in the country? Probably not,” Livingston said. “But I think that he’s got a better understanding of some of the deeper issues that affect the country than most candidates do, and for that reason, I think it’s a good idea that he’s running.”
    Gingrich plans to announce his candidacy via Facebook and Twitter, according to spokesman Rick Tyler. Gingrich will follow those social media announcements with an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Wednesday night, a speech at the Georgia Republican Party Convention on Friday and an appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday…. – USA Today, 5-9-11
  • Gingrich expected to announce candidacy in wake of Paul’s Iowa visit, office opening: Former Speaker of the U.S. House Newt Gingrich is expected to officially announce his presidential candidacy for 2012 Wednesday, according to his Facebook page.
    “I have been humbled by all the encouragement you have given me to run. Thank you for your support. Be sure to watch Hannity this Wednesday at 9pm ET/8pm CT. I will be on to talk about my run for President of the United States,” said the Facebook message.
    Gingrich’s announcement will come a day after fellow potential GOP presidential contender and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, a Texas Republican, visits Iowa to open a campaign office in Ankeny. Paul participated in last week’s debate in South Carolina, but has yet to officially declare his candidacy for 2012…. – Iowa Independent, 5-9-11
  • Gingrich joins Republican presidential field Former House speaker has name recognition, but carries some negative political baggage: Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and a Republican powerhouse in the 1990s, announced that he was joining the race for the party’s presidential nomination to challenge President Barack Obama in 2012. He also brings considerable negative political baggage: three marriages, resignation under an ethics cloud while leader of the House and a tendency to shoot-from-the-hip when speaking.
    In 1994, Gingrich led the Republican Party to its first House majority in 40 years. But any Republican candidate could face insurmountable difficulties in defeating the incumbent Obama, who remains personally popular with Americans and has seen his job approval rating rise notably in the early days after the killing of al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden…. – AP, MSNBC, 5-10-11
  • Gingrich Run Reflects His Sense of History: Whatever can Newt Gingrich be thinking? That’s the question a lot of political handicappers are asking now that Newt, as he is universally known in Washington, has decided to enter the 2012 campaign, with an announcement expected on Wednesday. Until recently, most of my colleagues assumed that the former speaker of the House, who flirted with running four years ago, was merely doing the same thing now, just to stay in the news….. – NYT, 5-10-11
  • Gingrich Set to Run, With Wife in Central Role: Callista Bisek’s friends from rural Wisconsin were stunned when, well over a decade ago, she confided that she was secretly dating an older, married man: Newt Gingrich. Still in her 20s when they met, Ms. Bisek had been raised in a town of 1,500, the only child of a meat packer and a secretary. A churchgoing Roman Catholic, she had attended a Lutheran college where she practiced piano five hours a day. “Is this the wisest course for you to be taking?” Karen Olson, her best friend, recalled asking.
    Today, Ms. Bisek is Mrs. Gingrich, married for 11 years, but perhaps best remembered for the six-year affair that contributed to her husband’s political downfall. His critics cast Mr. Gingrich, the former House speaker, as a hypocrite who sought to impeach a president over infidelity while engaging in it himself with Ms. Bisek, who was a Congressional aide…. – NYT, 5-10-11
  • Bio Box: 2012 Republican presidential candidate Newt GingrichAP NAME: Newton Leroy Gingrich
    AGE: 67. Born in Harrisburg, Pa.; June 17, 1943.
    EDUCATION: B.A. History, Emory University; M.A. and Ph.D., Tulane University,
    FAMILY: Wife, Callista, Two daughters, Kathy Gingrich Lubbers and Jackie Gingrich Cushman, from his first marriage.
    CAREER: Taught history at West Georgia College in Carrollton, Ga. Also taught at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga. Elected to Congress in 1978. Re-elected 10 times. In 1994, Gingrich led Republicans to control of the U.S. House and was elected speaker. He stepped down from Congress in 1999. Gingrich has formed a network of business and not-for-profit groups. He has written numerous books, made documentary films and worked as a political commentator for Fox News.
    QUOTE: “Our best leaders have reminded us that we have a moral obligation to the cause of freedom and that the cause of freedom is the cause of all mankind.”
  • Newt Gingrich to (finally) make it official: Politico Arena, 5-9-11
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