Palin appeared on Hannity last night. This pair of yahoos are discussing the reaction of President Obama to the national and international crises.
At around the 1.30 mark, Palin says…
How different it is. Ronald Reagan called out evil. He certainly didn’t ask for flexibility or boast about needing wanting flexibility um when and er a relatively evil man were to be in office. Such a difference in the mindset of the presidency then than now.
Make of that word babble what you will. However the fact of the matter is that Reagan did not act without delay. Courtesy of Daily Kos covering Jon Stewart last night:
Yes, Reagan! St. Ronnie dealt with a very similar situation in 1983, when the Soviet Union shot down a Korean passenger plane off the coast of Japan. I’ll never forget how he responded. How did he respond?
KT McFARLAND (7/19/2014): Reagan was at the ranch in California. He immediately came back.KATE OBENSHAIN (7/17/2014): Rushed home from Santa Barbara vacation.
JOE SCARBOROUGH (7/21/2014): He immediately came home … immediately be briefed … immediately get moving forward and condemned the Soviet Union in the strongest terms possible.
Immediately! Plane crashes, they go to tell Reagan about it, and they’re like, “Wha….?” He’s already gone! The scent of aftershave and jelly beans, the only thing lingering in the air. (audience laughter) How did he spring into action so fast? To this day, nobody knows, but we know what happened next. Reagan took all of Russia’s missiles, twirled them up single-handedly and threw them into the Sun.
CHRIS WALLACE (7/18/2014): I was covering Ronald Reagan at that time. He was in Santa Barbara at his ranch when this happened. And quite frankly, he didn’t want to leave. And his advisers realized how terrible this looked and eventually persuaded him he had to fly back to Washington and had to make the speech to the nation. But it did take him four days.
What?! (audience laughter) Yes, Reagan’s response to that catastrophe was so special, so remarkable, it was enough to make us forget what actually happened. (audience laughter) Which is that Reagan grudgingly cut short his 25-day vacation after being caught on camera riding a horse. (audience laughter)
But you know what? Don’t take my word for it, let’s read from his actual diary about the incident.
Friday, September 2nd The Soviets shot down a Korean airliner with 269 passengers, 53 of them Americans, including Congressman Larry McDonald. We were due to return to Washington on Labor Day, but realized we couldn’t wait. We left on Friday. It was heartbreaking — I had really looked foward to those last three days.
Punctuation, Reagan’s. Yes, Reagan was in deep mourning for losing the final 12% of his vacation. In fact, in 1988, when the U.S. accidentally shot down an Iranian airliner, also under Reagan’s watch, Reagan refused to end that vacation early.
And Huffington Post has this to say about Joe Scarborough’s insistence that Reagan returned immediately…
Brzezinski pointed out that President Reagan was on vacation when Korean Airlines Flight 007 was shot down by Soviet forces in 1983, and he did not make a speech for four daysJoe Scarborough adamantly insisted he was right during an exchange with co-host Mika Brzezinski on Monday’s “Morning Joe,” only to admit later that he was “wrong.”The two were discussing President Obama’s response to the Malaysian plane crash in Ukraine. after the crash. Scarborough, despite Brzezinski’s protests, argued that Reagan “immediately” responded.
“He immediately canceled [his vacation], immediately went back to the White House. He immediately canceled fundraising events and campaign events,” the MSNBC host said.
At least they didn’t try and pretend that George W. Bush responded immediately to Katrina.