Gotta Watch: Remembering Reagan
President Ronald Reagan salutes as he tells a joke during his address to the leadership of the American Legion on February 10.
June 5th, 2011
09:32 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Remembering Reagan

Ronald Reagan, "The Great Communicator" and conservative icon, served two presidential terms, which included an assassination attempt on his life and his famous call to the Soviet Union to tear down the Berlin Wall. In his post-presidential life, Reagan suffered from Alzheimer's disease and died on June 5, 2004. In today’s Gotta Watch, we remember the actor-turned-statesman.

Reagan's funeral – Political heads, showbiz veterans and admirers all turned out for Reagan's funeral. Nancy Reagan stood silently and stoically as she watched her husband's coffin be loaded into a hearse.

Assassination attempt – News of the Reagan’s shooting shocked a nation as it tenuously waited to learn just how seriously the new president was injured. Details were slim at first, but as the day continued, the world learned Ronald Reagan was in serious danger and required surgery.

Reagan in his own words – He was known for his great communication skills. Watch the delivery, the charisma and the bravado that became synonymous with Ronald Reagan.

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  1. Anthony's Case Posts

    has any one watched the jail house taps where George Anthony was talking to casey when she was in jail the first time he said i wish i would have been a better granfather that is talking as pasttence that means he knew the baby was all ready dead need to watch the taps carefully i do believe it has been a cover up with every one in the family George was a cop he knows how to cover up things like that and never thought it wouldn’t go this far so now he has to play along with it so he won’t be in trouble and Cindy knew it to it is a act with them all when cindy ask casey where the baby was she said to to cindy are you kiding me so i take it as cindy already knew as well and did you her cindy tell casey the reward was all ready up to 225.000 thats about all cindy really care’s about Cindy has already made a lot of money off of the baby and even went to new york to about a book and Lee was there as well with his lawyer on the book they all out to make money off the poor baby i am a grand mother if was with my grand child every day like cindy and George i would been out the very day looking for my daughter and grand baby Cindy told about her taking the baby swiming on the 15th i think it happened that day and they are all covering it up cindy even told her coworks on the 17 th some one had been in the pool and left the ladder up ..they had to act like they didn’t know any thing to cover there ass and all the smell from the car could have been put there after George and Cindy got the car every one that was in the car when Casey had it no one could smell any thing something not right if it did happen like casey said George would have had the baby and put the baby some where to hide her and George knows all about the hair band i just pray GOD will get the truth out Casey had to lie because her parent’s tought her how to lie cause they lie yes i know it is wrong but casey was scared of them and what would happen so she did what she was told and now George and Cindy is just worried about them self and all the money the will make off of the poor baby it is just a front Cindy has to keep the front up because she said she has become disable from all this hummmmmmmmmmmmm money again and they know now casey can get them for wrongfull death every one need to keep a open mind and watch the taps better thanks and pray God will show the truth

    June 5, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Crocker

      Huh? Can you repeat that?

      June 5, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jj

    hey hacks reagan wrote all his speeches! get it straight. obomba has speech writers for his speech writers. nothing original comes outta this prez mouth

    June 5, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Crocker

      Obama is a sock puppet. Take away his teleprompter and he trips and stumbles worse than a third grade school kid.

      June 5, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric of Reseda

      Oh really?!? Well, then, who was Peggy Noonan?

      And this is the problem with the Right Wing; it is populated by morons who simply don't know the facts...and that's dangerous to America. THE FACT IS, Reagan had MULTIPLE speech writers.

      June 5, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Crocker

      Multiple speech writers or not. At least Reagan was able to complete an entire sentence without a teleprompter. Face it, Obama was all about change. Do you have any left in YOUR pocket??? I sure as hell don't.

      June 5, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. George Patton

    How ironic? The Republican party was founded in 1854 by a left-wing fanatic such as Abraham Lincoln and today is composed of right-wing fanatics such as Reagan and Bush. That's what I call a 180 degree turn!!! Besides,it was actually Nancy Reagan rather than her husband Ronald,who was the true President at the time. Ronald suffered from Alzheimer's disease which was never made public until 1994.

    June 5, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • A. Walton

      George: that's a good observation. The turn you mention occurred in the lat 1940's when racist democrats known as the Dixiecrats began defecting from the democratic party (so the dems. have also had a 180 turn). Many of them ended up running as republicans, polluting the GOP. I wouldn't refer to Reagan as a fanatic though, considering that most neoconservatives today view him as being a pinko.

      June 5, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Crocker

      Patton is so far out in left field that I am going to have to purchase a high powered telescope to see him. Jesus, where do these morons come from anyway....

      June 5, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Crocker

      And by the way Patton. Stop using the name of a celebrated General who I know is turning over in his grave at the thought of a mealy mouthed liberal using his name. Pick something else ok? Thanks. Appreciate it.

      June 5, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. hundredthhummingbird

    Raygun's big claim to fame was his ballyhooed statement, ' Mr. Gorbachev, tear down that wall'. Oh ,wow. The Soviet Union was already falling apart. I'm sure Gorbachev was really impressed. Raygun was the biggest phony most of us have ever seen.

    June 5, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Crocker

      Unlike some birdbrains out there. No pun intended.... he had the nuts to say what was on many minds. He was a damn fine human being and one heck of a role model.

      June 5, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      Very well said,hundrethhummingbird. Just ignore this idiot Crocker here. He probably never got past the 7th grade in school,judging by his idiotic posts here.

      June 5, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Crocker

      The scary part about Patton and others of his moronic ilk, is that they have been reproducing and now outnumber the rest of us. The real scary part is that they now know how to vote....

      June 5, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ari

    An economic terrorist, who destroyed many of the protections and safeguards that held our economy together for decades. he waged war on the poor and stuffed the pockets of the rich...

    he was an absentee president, not really interested in the daily chores, more interested in publicity and socializing.

    anyone who celebrates this fool, would have to have Alzheimers.

    June 5, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Crocker

      You may need to upgrade your meds. What you are taking now isn't doing it.

      June 5, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Well said,Ari. Thank you.

      June 5, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ABC

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    June 5, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ellis from Panama

    I suk down on jumbo hot dogs

    June 5, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. md

    It's like watching the life story of an insane clown...and I find clowns terrifying too...

    June 5, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lindsey Graham

      Well put md, well put. I feel the same way.

      June 5, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. tired

    Ok. Regan was a debateable president. That we can all agree on. But why , in heavens name, does he keep coming up in the freakin' news as being most memorable? He didn't do anything that great. did he emanicipate anyone? Communication is sometimes propaganda. What made him a 'great' communicator? Because he spun situations to make himself look good? How about CNN doing a section just on remembering Presidents... not just regan. i know i am tired of hearing about the day he was shot. i am sure james brady has lived with it every day. heck... let's also remember the day Regan had polyps removed!

    June 5, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Anthony's Case Posts

    The state of Florida should bring ol’ sparky out of retirement for this psycho. Casey Anthony should ride ol’ sparky till her head flames up like the Ghost Rider. She’s spouted nothing but lie upon lie since day one.

    June 5, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. tired

    By the way... while everyone was 'remembering' actual news was happening in the Dallas\Ft. Worth airport when an American-Eagle plane had problems after landing and had a small brake fire that required passengers to evacuate onto the runway. i guess people dealing with issues today do not compare to those of dead presidents when it comes to being newsworthy.

    June 5, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jazzzzzz

    I eat green poop.

    June 5, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. bobcat2u

    Well Nancy, there they go again.

    June 5, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Norm - not that one

    There is ten times the bull coming from republicans fanatics, treating Reagan as though he was "America's Savior" and "God" all wrapped up in one person; than there was during the years he was one of the most psychotic, incompetent, TRAITOR to America.

    They're sure spending tons of dollars on PR to make this airhead, moron, look like a saint – JUST because he pushed outrageous, ultra fanatical conservative, republican, politics at us.

    June 5, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Pix

    I see the trolls are out en force today.
    And such a wide variety!

    Reagan was an average President at best.
    He is remembered because he was a part of the entertainment industry that is so prevalent in what passes for "news" today.
    That's all.
    Nothing more, nothing less.
    Nothing to see here, folks.
    Let's move on.

    June 5, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
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