In the 5/28 National Review (print - not available online):
Ronald Reagan’s White House diaries, to be published by Harper-Collins and excerpted in Vanity Fair, confirm what his letters and radio commentaries proved to liberals who had consigned him to duncehood while he governed: Reagan was a clear, concise writer – a sign of a clear mind. There are no masterpieces of malice , as in the diaries of John Quincy Adams, but there is much pith, sometimes brutal, occasionally droll.On Reagan’s Haig comment: do you recall that on the day Reagan was wounded during the assassination attempt Haig rushed to the White House and announced: “I’m in charge?”
Of Alexander Haig’s resignation: “Actually the only disagreement was over whether I made policy or the Sec. of State did.”
His near assassination: “Getting shot hurts.”
Moammer Qaddafi: “Beneath contempt.”
Lowell Wicker: “a pompous, no good, fathead.”
Bob Woodward: “He’s a liar.”
Alas, there is also the occasional boo-boo: “Rite(sic) to Life people say [Sandra Day O’Connor is] pro-abortion. She declares abortion is personally repugnant to her. I think she’ll make a good justice.”
Homer nodded. Babe Ruth whiffed. We are lucky to have these diaries and to have had their author.
I bet we’ll all be interested to see if anyone asks Woodward to review the book.
I liked President Reagan. I’ll be saying more about him in the coming days. June 5 is the third anniversary of his death.