Ron Reagan

  • Aired:  01/19/11
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Ron Reagan helps Stephen remember that his father raised taxes and provided amnesty to illegal immigrants. (4:48)

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT HAS WRITTEN A

NEW BOOK ABOUT RONALD REAGAN.

I'LL HAVE MY ASSISTANT READ IT

AND LET THE INFORMATION TRICKLE

DOWN TO ME.

PLEASE WELCOME RON REAGAN JR.!

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

HEY, RON!

GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN.

THANKS FOR COMING BACK.

>> BEFORE YOU GO ANY FATHER I

JUST HAVE TO CORRECT YOU

BRIEFLY.

I'M NOT ACTUALLY A JUNIOR.

>> YOU'RE NOT A JUNIOR.

>> WE HAVE DIFFERENT MIDDLE

NAMES.

>> Stephen: WHAT'S YOUR

MIDDLE NAME?

>> PRESCOTT AND HE'S A WILLIAMS.

>> Stephen: THAT IS

INTERESTING BECAUSE YOU DO HAVE

POLITICAL DIFFERENCES WITH YOUR

FATHER.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

>> YES, I DID.

>> Stephen: YOU'RE A LIBERAL.

>> I AM.

>> Stephen: YOU'RE A LIBERAL.

>> I AM

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> Stephen: DON'T WORRY,

DON'T APPLAUD BEFORE I NAIL HIM

( LAUGHTER )

NOW HOW CAN YOU-- BUT YOU'RE

RONALD REAGAN'S SON!

>> I KNOW.

>> Stephen: HOW CAN YOU LIVE

IN THE HOUSE OF GOD AND GROW UP

TO BE AN ATHEIST, YOU KNOW WHAT

I MEAN?

>> IT WAS PROBABLY THE IFNG BUS

PERCHED ON THE EDGE OF MY CRIB

THAT BREATHED LIBERALISM AND

EITHISM INTO MY NOSTRILS WHEN I

WAS A BABY.

>> Stephen: WHO WAS THAT,

MONDALE?

>> HE HAD KIND OF A SILVER

HAIRCUT.

>> Stephen: LET'S TALK ABOUT

YOUR NEW BOOK, "MY FATHER AT

100, A MEMOIR."

SO YOUR FATHER, HIS BIRTHDAY

IS--

>> FEBRUARY 6.

>> Stephen: SO THIS FEBRUARY

6 HE WILL HAVE BEEN 100 YEARS

OLD.

DID YOU AND YOUR FATHER FIGHT

OVER POLITICS AROUND THE KITCHEN

TABLE?

YES, OR AROUND THE DINING ROOM

TABLE.

WE USUALLY DINED A LITTLE MORE

FORMALLY THAN THE KITCHEN TABLE,

BUT WHEREVER WE WERE WE WOULD

ARGUE ABOUT THINGS-- THE VIETNAM

WAR, ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES, THAT

SORT OF THING.

BUT WE STAYED FRIENDS.

IN THOSE DAYS, YOU SEE, YOU IN

THOSE DAYS, YOU SEE, YOU COULD

DISAGREE WITH A REPUBLICAN AND

NOT BE VILIFIED AS A TERRORIST,

PAL.

( APPLAUSE )

( CHEERS )

>> Stephen: WOULD YOUR FATHER

BE NOMINATED TODAY FOR

PRESIDENT?

>> I'M PROBABLY NOT THE BEST

PERSON TO ASK ABOUT THAT.

NEWT GINGRICH OR SOMEBODY LIKE

THAT MIGHT HAVE SOME THOUGHTS

BUT MANY PEOPLE HAVE SAID HE

WOULD BE TOO LIBERAL TODAY TO BE

NOMINATED AS A REPUBLICAN.

>> Stephen: OKAY, THAT LEADS

ME TO A VERY IMPORTANT

QUESTION-- WHAT ARE THE THINGS

THAT I SHOULD FORGET ABOUT YOUR

FATHER SO I CAN KEEP THE IMAGE

OF HIM IN MY HEAD THE WAY I

WANT.

BECAUSE, NIXON, I CONVENIENTLY

FORGET HE STARTED THE E.P.A. AND

GAVE THE VOTE TO 18-YEAR-OLDS

AND OPENED UP CHINA.

>> AND HE WAS AN ANTI-SEMMITE.

>> Stephen: NO THAT ACTUALLY

FIT THE MOLD.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT YOUR FATHER

THEY SHOULD FORGET?

>> WELL, PROBABLY RAISING TAXES.

>> Stephen: NEVER HAPPENED.

>> YEAH, DIDN'T HAPPEN.

>> Stephen: DIDN'T HAPPEN.

>> AMNESTY FOR ILLEGAL

IMMIGRANTS.

>> Stephen: YOU SHUT YOUR

MOUTH.

HE DID NOT DO IT.

HE DID NOT DO IT.

>> NO, NO LA-LA-LA-LA.

WELL, AND ONE OF THE MOST

LIBERAL ABORTION LAWS IN THE

NATION IN CALIFORNIA WHEN HE WAS

GOVERNOR EVEN THOUGH HE WAS

ANTICHOICE.

>> Stephen: THAT DOESN'T

COUNT.

STATES DON'T COUNT BECAUSE

ANYTHING YOU GODO AS A GOVERNOR

IS A MULLIGAN.

>> YOU DON'T HAVE TO BOTHER.

>> Stephen: ABSOLUTELY.

YOU'VE GOTTEN SOME ATTENTION AND

PROBABLY TAKEN SOME HEAT FOR

SAYING YOU SUSPECT YOUR FATHER

SHOWED SIGNS OF ALZHEIMER'S WHEN

HE WAS STILL PRESIDENT.

>> THAT'S NOT EXACTLY WHAT I

SAID.

>> Stephen: WHAT DID YOU

EXACTLY SAY?

>> I EXACTLY SAID THEY CAN

DEDUCE, GIVEN WHAT WE BEEN

ALZHEIMER'S NOW, THAT IT'S A

PROCESS THAT EXTENDS FOR A LONG

TIME BEFORE SYMPTOMS ARISE, IT

IS LIKELY THAT THE DISEASE WAS

PRESENT WHEN HE WAS PRESIDENT.

I DO SAY SPECIFICALLY I DIDN'T

SEE ANY SIGNS OF DEMENTIA WHEN

HE WAS PRESIDENT, BUT, AGAIN,

IT'S KIND OF A MEDICAL REALITY

--

>> Stephen: DID YOU SEE

ANYTHING WHEN HE WAS PRESIDENT

THAT YOU SAID TO YOURSELF, HUH,

NOW IN RETROSPECT THAT MIGHT

HAVE BEEN SIGN SOMESIGN OF IT?

>> YEAH, EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE.

IT WOULD BE LIKE HE WAS WATCHING

TV AND THE FOCUS SOFTENED A

LITTLE AND SHARPENED BACK UP AND

I THOUGHT I WONDER WHAT THAT

WAS.

I DIDN'T KNOW.

I JUST WORRIED ABOUT HIM ALL THE

TIME BECAUSE HE WAS MY FATHER

AND I LOVED HIM AND HE WAS IN A

TOUGH, TENSE JOB, AND I WORRIED

ABOUT HIM.

>> Stephen: IN WHAT WAYS--

WE'RE NOT ON THE AIR THE WEEK OF

FEBRUARY 6 THAT HIS BIRTHDAY IS

ON AND MORE IS THE PITY

OTHERWISE WE COULD HAVE OUR

CELEBRATION BROADCAST INSTEAD OF

DOING IT PRIVATELY

( LAUGHTER )

WHAT IS IT-- HOW WOULD YOU SAY

THAT AVERAGE AMERICANS SHOULD

CELEBRATE YOUR FATHER'S

100th BIRTHDAY?

WHAT WOULD BE A FITTING WAY TO

DO THAT?

>> WELL, I THINK PROBABLY BY

UYING "MY FATHER AT 100."B

>> Stephen: ENGAGING IN A

CAPITALIST ENTERPRISE MIGHT BE

THE BEST THING TO DO.

LET THE FREE MARKET HONOR RONALD

REAGAN.

>> INDEED.

>> Stephen: THANK YOU SO

MUCH, RON.

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