Virginia Governor Declares Feb 6th Ronald Reagan Day

Governor Bob McDonnell issued the following proclamation recognizing February 6th as Ronald Reagan Day in Virginia. The text of the proclamation is included below:


WHEREAS, President Ronald Wilson Reagan served with honor and distinction for two terms as the 40th President of the United States of America; winning reelection in 1984 with nearly 60% of the vote and carrying 49 states; and

WHEREAS, in 1981, when Ronald Reagan was inaugurated President, he faced a disillusioned nation shackled by rampant inflation and high unemployment; and

WHEREAS, during Mr. Reagan’s presidency he worked in a bipartisan manner to enact his bold agenda of restoring accountability and common sense to government which led to unprecedented economic expansion and new opportunities for millions of Americans; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Reagan’s commitment to an active social policy agenda for the nation’s children helped lower crime and drug use in our neighborhoods; and

WHEREAS, President Reagan’s commitment to our armed forces contributed to the restoration of pride in America, her values and those cherished by the free world, and prepared America’s Armed Forces to meet 21st Century challenges; and

WHEREAS, President Reagan’s vision of “peace through strength” led to the end of the Cold War and the ultimate demise of the Soviet Union, guaranteeing basic human rights for hundreds of millions of people around the world; and

WHEREAS, Ronald Reagan’s inherent love of this country, faith in our people and confidence in freedom, renewed the confidence and vitality of our great nation; and

WHEREAS, February 6, 2011 will be the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth and the seventh since his passing;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Robert F. McDonnell, do hereby recognize February 6th, 2011, as RONALD REAGAN DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.


  1. Fly on the wall says:

    Really? Funny it doesn’t mention how, on his watch, America went from being the #1 lender nation to the #1 borrower nation through his deficit spending, a reliance on a not-quite-as-effective-as-promised “trickle down” economics theory that only made the rich richer (see “Wall Street”) and began a sad widening of the gap between the wealthy few and the not-so-wealthy many, and set up some dubious arms-for-hostages dealing. I admire the way he handled the Challenger disaster, but I can’t also overlook how the 1st 2 years of his presidency were marked by higher-than-today unemployment, inflation, and dire times…nor can I overlook the fact that there wasn’t a balanced budget (with surpluses!) until 2 presidents after “The Gipper.”

    This is a nice bit of GOP/Tea Party revisionism draped in patriotic bunting…but let’s not overlook the facts of history.

    • Did you know that the President before him was the worst in history? (That is until folks have time to judge the entire body of work of the current President) I did not see anything in your commentary about the Iran hostage crisis.

      Reagan was a great President. All of them have their flaws, but he was much better than many. It’s a shame that Clinton had the Lewinsky issue because he was also a good President.

      • joedaplumper says:

        I did not see anything in your commentary about the Iran- Contra crisis. Perhaps you could fill in the blanks about Ollie North and the arms deal that brought Congressional action.

        • We sold junk to the Iranians to fund anti-communist fighters in Central America, since the Democrat Congress would not do it. Hell, Ted Kennedy wanted to help the Soviets at one point in the Cold War

          Picking his way through the Soviet archives that Boris Yeltsin had just thrown open, in 1991 Tim Sebastian, a reporter for the London Times, came across an arresting memorandum. Composed in 1983 by Victor Chebrikov, the top man at the KGB, the memorandum was addressed to Yuri Andropov, the top man in the entire USSR. The subject: Sen. Edward Kennedy.

          “On 9-10 May of this year,” the May 14 memorandum explained, “Sen. Edward Kennedy’s close friend and trusted confidant [John] Tunney was in Moscow.” (Tunney was Kennedy’s law school roommate and a former Democratic senator from California.) “The senator charged Tunney to convey the following message, through confidential contacts, to the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Y. Andropov.”

          Kennedy’s message was simple. He proposed an unabashed quid pro quo. Kennedy would lend Andropov a hand in dealing with President Reagan. In return, the Soviet leader would lend the Democratic Party a hand in challenging Reagan in the 1984 presidential election. “The only real potential threats to Reagan are problems of war and peace and Soviet-American relations,” the memorandum stated. “These issues, according to the senator, will without a doubt become the most important of the election campaign.”


    • It takes a while to clean a pile of poo. Just like it’s going to take who ever sends Obama home in 2012 awhile to clean up the mess he’s made in just two years.

      Obama couldn’t hold Reagans jock

      • Bill Thomas says:

        And I use that name loosely. Good luck to all of us if we have a “sarge” with such a bad memory.

        What do you think of a president with a history of legalizing abortions and whose administration expanded the federal government’s size, increased spending, raised taxes, exploded the debt, and refused to take military action against terrorists?

        During his time in office, Reagan was a divisive figure with very average approval ratings, who started his eight-year run with a surge in unemployment and ended with a scandal (Iran-Contra) so serious that nearly a third of Americans thought he should resign. Reagan…a mediocre president who’s legacy we are living out today with our manufacturing base outsourced, income redistribution to the rich, deregulation and religious nuts involved in government.

        He was completely style over substance…Reaganomics failed this country in the long term and now we are living that reality.

        • You have heard of Jimmy Carter, right? We have his son in office right now. Remember stagflation? 20% interest rates? The Iran hostages? Malaise? “Our best days are behind us”? Unfortunately, it seems a lot of people in this country have short memories, because all of the above happened last time we elected an inexperienced rube to the highest office in the land.

          Reagan lifted us out of all of that. Rebuilt the military and ended the cold war. As for spending, if you read the Reagan Diaries, in almost every entry he made about spending, he added something along the lines of “I wish I could get the Dems to go along with some spending cuts” Guess Dems haven’t changed much in 30 years.

          You want to blame somemone for spending and expanding government, go talk to Tip O’Neils ghost

          • Mr Mister says:

            Your facts are skewed. Open the other eye. Better yet open a history book. Stop watching Fox for your facts.

          • I lived through Carter. My first car loan was 19.5%. My first bosses in the military, Vietnam vets, used to dog him over how badly he trashed the military.

            Carter, like most Democrats, was an absolute disaster for the military. ACtually, he was an absolute disaster on most issues. Just like the current occupant

      • Mr Mister says:

        I find it funny how you and your ilk criticize the last two years but seem fine how the eight years before Obama. GWB drove the economy in the ground. And in two years Obama hasn’t pulled us out and you are bashing him for it? Give me a break. You “Fox-heads” have a memory lose when it comes to presidential history. Or you are just blatantly bias. It must just kill you that we have a Democratic President that is also black. Hey, you can always look forward to Palin in two years. She is just like Reagan, right?
        Doesn’t the GOP run against small government? After Obamacare was passed, The GOP seems fine with small government. Filling court dockets by calling all Governors to repeal a Federal Law.

        The only thing these “Great” presidents are known for is dividing the country.

        • My ilk, eh? Nice.

          Funny how Obama just finsihed up the most polarizing second year in office since Eisenhower? Neat trick.

          I wonder why that is? Couldn’t have anything to do with jamming through a massive expansion of government that almost 70% of Americans didn’t want, could it?

          Obama isn’t going t pull us out of the woods with his Kensian economics. Spending money to get us out of a spending deficit is just buying us all deeper. You just don’t realize that you’ve been snowed with the “Shovel ready” jobs bit that Obama later said didn’t exist.

          Notice gas prices have gone up? Food prices? That’s called “inflation”. Welcome to 1978

          WHat we need now is another Reagan to come along and pull us back out of a Democratic made mess

          • Mr Mister says:

            Where were you and your ilk when under little Bush gas prices were over $4 for almost a year? And BTW didn’t go down until the last month of his term. Oh that’s right it wasn’t Bush or the wealthy oil producers, it was the forecasters. Bush split the counrty wider than any other.
            Oh doesn’t it chap you that Obama is as much of an American than you? Where’s your birth certificate?

          • I can produce mine. I needed to when I enlisted to serve the country. Where’s Obama’s? And I’m not talking about his certificate of live birth, I’m talking birth certificate with signatures and all

          • Mr Mister says:

            It’s a shame to waste time and money over the certificate. You Birthers just don’t get it.
            Like him or not. He still out ranks you, Sarge!

          • We’ll see in about a year when Arizona passes their new law requiring candidates to show proof of residency to get on the ticket. Barring that, maybe you all could run Arnold next. He did a bang up job in California.

          • I, unlike you, don’t tow the party line. It sounds like a one way ticket to Arizona is in your future. Have anice trip. And enjoy the next two years.

  2. just interested says:

    after reading all these comments I have to agree that history is a bit skewed here. I will not RECOGNIZE Regan Day.

    • I don’t think we’ll have to worry about “Jimmy Carter Day” or “Barack Obama Day” anytime in the future either, so you should feel safe

      • clarkehaven says:

        Ronald Reagan took over a nation in sharp decline…..economically, militarily and morally. He was the ORIGINAL provider of HOPE in America . He brought strength, competence and pride back to the military and laid the ground work for almost 30yrs of economic growth. His foresight and commitment restored opportunity to generations of Americans and provided freedom to millions of socialist slaves in Eastern Europe.

        It is a pity that the haze of hatred will not allow our leftist friends the intellect to see the world as it actually exists ……hey …….. Show a little class for a change and give Ronald Reagan the respect that he is due.