Ronald Reagan’s diaries that he kept while in office are being published by HarperCollins and they promise to be an interesting and no doubt amusing read. Vanity Fair is already printing excerpts, full of Reaganisms, all that earnestness, bluntness and the master of being endearingly facile.
Rather charmingly, he is unable to write out swear words in full and self-edits any expletives that he uses (mostly hell, it seems) and his description of Margaret Thatcher as “firm as always” is as accurate as it is an understatement. However, most of the entertainment comes in his pithy summaries of major events, such as:
“Intelligence reports say Castro is very worried about me. I'm very worried that we can't come up with something to justify his worrying.”
“Sometimes I wonder if we are destined to witness Armageddon.”
“Lowell Weicker (Connecticut senator) was the head ringmaster against us as he is on everything we want. He's a pompous, no good, fathead.”
There is one quote however, that hits home with reference to the current administration, in that it seems a world away in its humbleness and sense of perspective, so I’ll leave it with you…
“I pray constantly that I won’t let the people down.”