WBEZ | President Ronald Reagan http://www.wbez.org/tags/president-ronald-reagan Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Best Game in Town #24: Is Obama the new Reagan? http://www.wbez.org/blog/best-game-town/2011-02-11/best-game-town-24-obama-new-reagan-82202 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/obamaboehner.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="352" align="absMiddle" width="500" alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-February/2011-02-11/obamaboehner.jpg" /></p><p>On this week's episode of the WBEZ political podcast <em>The Best Game in Town</em>, historian Rick Perlstein helps us explore the comparisons between Presidents (and Illinoisans)&nbsp;Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan. Perlstein wrote a <a href="http://www.newsweek.com/2011/01/23/what-would-ronnie-do.html">recent article</a> for <em>Newsweek</em> on the topic. Plus: a look ahead to the first days in office for Chicago's next mayor, with political consultant Dave Lundy, political scientist Jaime Dominguez, NPR reporter Cheryl Corley, and <em>Chicago Sun-Times</em> columnist Laura Washington.</p></p> Fri, 11 Feb 2011 21:13:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/best-game-town/2011-02-11/best-game-town-24-obama-new-reagan-82202 Possible GOP presidential contender visits Chicago http://www.wbez.org/story/2012city-club-chicago/possible-gop-presidential-contender-visits-chicago <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/108639518.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Some potential Republican Presidential hopefuls are commemorating President Reagan's 100<sup>th</sup> birthday by heading to Illinois. Reagan was born in Tampico, Ill and spent most of his childhood in Dixon, Ill. One of those Republicans is Tim Pawlenty, the former governor of Minnesota. He took a break from touring for his new book, &ldquo;Courage to Stand&rdquo; to give a campaign-like address to the City Club of Chicago.</p> <div>Despite being on President Obama&rsquo;s home turf, Pawlenty said he's not intimidated by Chicago or the rest of the predominantly Democratic state.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;This is a hugely important city in a hugely important state,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;And if you want to get a pulse on what&rsquo;s going on in the country you gotta see the whole country and that includes Chicago and certainly includes Illinois.&rdquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Pawlenty discussed the challenges he faced as a Republican governor in a historically blue state. He also focused his speech on the need to reduce government spending, reform health care and simplify the tax code, which he called a &ldquo;ridiculous, awful system.&rdquo; &nbsp;He said he will make a decision in the next few months on whether he will enter the 2012 presidential race. Meanwhile former GOP House Speaker Newt Gingrich is also in Illinois today. He is promoting his new book and documentary about Ronald Reagan.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div></p> Fri, 04 Feb 2011 22:05:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/2012city-club-chicago/possible-gop-presidential-contender-visits-chicago Ron Reagan Suggests Dad's Alzheimer's Began While In White House http://www.wbez.org/story/alzheimer039s-disease/ron-reagan-suggests-dads-alzheimers-began-while-white-house <p><p>In a book due out next week the younger son of former President Reagan "suggests [that his father] suffered from Alzheimer's disease while in the White House," <a href="http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/washington-whispers/2011/01/14/reagan-son-claims-dad-had-alzheimers-as-president" target="_blank"><em>U.S. News & World Reports</em>' Washington Whispers blog says</a>.</p><p>Ron Reagan, the blog reports, writes that:</p><p></p><p><blockquote></p><p>-- "Three years into his first term as president ... I was feeling the first shivers of concern."</p><p>-- "Watching the first of his two debates with 1984 Democratic presidential nominee Walter Mondale, I began to experience the nausea of a bad dream coming true. ... My heart sank as he floundered his way through his responses."</p><p>-- "In July 1989, barely six months out of office, ... surgeons opening his skull to relieve pressure [during a previously unreported surgery] on the brain emerged from the operating room with the news that they had detected what they took to be probable signs of Alzheimer's disease."</p><p></blockquote></p><p>The former president and former first lady Nancy Reagan told the nation of his disease in 1994. As Washington Whispers adds, suggestions that he might have suffered from it while president have previously been  "dismissed by Reagan's doctors and outside experts."</p><p>The former president died in 2004.</p><p>(H/T <a href="http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post/2011/01/report-reagans-son-claims-his-father-had-alzheimers-in-white-house/1" target="_blank">On Deadline</a>) Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1295034739?&gn=Ron+Reagan+Suggests+Dad%27s+Alzheimer%27s+Began+While+In+White+House&ev=event2&ch=103943429&h1=Ron+Reagan,President+Ronald+Reagan,National+News,Politics,Alzheimer%27s+disease,The+Two-Way,Around+the+Nation,U.S.,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=132934301&c7=1001&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1001&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110114&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Fri, 14 Jan 2011 12:52:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/alzheimer039s-disease/ron-reagan-suggests-dads-alzheimers-began-while-white-house