Such a Strange Love Affair:
Reflections on America's 40th President
America adored Reagan cuz
he brought Hollywood to the White House.
They loved the Old Gipper cuz
he knew the answers before any questions arose
& his anecdotes seemed larger than life.
Most of all, they adored the Great Geezer
cuz he carried Death Valley Excitement
ta lots ah living rooms – offering Big-Sky Dramas
ta people with wallet-size minds.
Only Mickey Mouse could have done better!
The only problem is
when style matters more than substance
& too many contradictions are smoothed
by smiles, the world becomes a B-rate movie.
Aren't most folks tired of cowboy rhetoric?
Hey folks, can't we have better lines?
|| I can't understand why so many Americans admired Ronald Reagan.
|| Then you do not understand basic human psychology. People like stories.
Those stories needn't be "true" in any objective sense of the word, but they must be entertaining and inspirational.
|| Agreed! A good fiction is superior to a depressing fact.
|| So Reagan was a master at fantasy and manipulation?
|| Precisely! His mind was often foggy and he seldom understood what was happening in the world in detail, but he could enchantingspin stories about an idealized America.
||Strange as it may sound, I think Obama learned many things from Reagan.
|| Yeah. Great leaders learn from the predecessors. Foolish leaders, however, believe they are "unique" and can ignore history.