Monday, January 24, 2011

Palin On Reagan: America's Lifeguard

Sarah Palin honors her life long hero Ronald Regan as "America's lifeguard" in a USA Today article, celebrating the 40th President's 100th Birthday, occurring this February 6th. Palin, who came of age in the Reagan Era, a time of rebounding American optimism, prosperity and victory against oppression.

Palin, in a well written piece, expresses her admiration thusly:

"The image of the lifeguard seems to represent what Reagan was to America and to the freedom-loving people of the world. He lifted our country up at a time when we were in the depths of economic, cultural and spiritual malaise. We were told that we must accept that the era of American greatness was over; but with his optimism and common sense, President Reagan held up a mirror to the American soul to remind us of our exceptionalism."

Ronald Reagan was 15 years old when he became a lifeguard at Lowell Park on the Rock River, in his hometown of Dixon, Il.. A CNN documentary on Reagan's early recounts ,,, " when his shift was up and swimmers didn’t want to get out, he would toss pebbles from here and yell “River Rat!!!” But that’s not the only way to get swimmers out of the water. In seven summers as a lifeguard, he would go on to save 77 lives and notched a mark on a wooden log for every life he saved."

Palin is one of several prominent political USA Today called upon to share their remembrances and observations of the former Warner Brothers movie star, who turned into the most  prominent conservative politician of the previous century. Below are the links to all the articles celebrating the Regan Centennial

HOUSE SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER: A man who shaped our times

The entire Palin article is here


Revolution 2010 said...

Nice little piece honoring a GREAT MAN and GREAT PRESIDENT!

OhioJOE said...

Thanks for post this RW, although ironically, I am not sure I like the term LifeGuard. I may not have done a lot of things well, but one thing I did do well was swim so I had little use for LifeGuards. A few years before coming to America, I was swimming in a major park. The Buoy line was rather close to the shore and since I was a good swimmer, the Libertarian in me told me it was non sense. So as soon as the LifeGuard looked the other way I swam towards the middle of the Lake. The LifeGuard yelled at me in at least two different languages, but I pretended to understand neither. I eventually swam to shore, but when she was not looking I swam back. When she noticed that I was back at the middle lake, she swam like all get out to catch and eventually did. This time, she make sure there was no communication issue and threatened to kick me out. That was the end of that. So needless to say, I am not one for LifeGuards.

Also around that time, I was swimming at a pool in Michigan (haha of all places) at there was a sign saying swim at your own risk, no life guard on duty. I said to myself 'now this is the land of real no non sense FREEDOM.'

Doug NYC GOP said...

Had RW posted this, I'm sure he'd be grateful.

OhioJOE said...

Ah, sorry Doug. Then I will have to rephase the start: Thanks for posting this Doug!

kelly said...


Thanks for sharing your story.

Ann said...

I miss President Reagan. I never felt safe during his administration.

Right Wingnut said...

Thanks for posting this Doug. I didn't have the time or energy to do it this morning.