Mixing Up Reagan and Eisenhower

This made me laugh out loud:

At a press conference Monday, visibly embarrassed leaders of the Republican National Committee acknowledged that their nonstop, effusive praise of Ronald Reagan has been wholly unintentional, admitting they somehow managed to confuse him with Dwight D. Eisenhower for years.

The GOP’s humiliating blunder was discovered last weekend by RNC chairman Reince Priebus, who realized his party had been extolling “completely the wrong guy” after he watched the History Channel special Eisenhower: An American Portrait.

“When I heard about Eisenhower’s presidential accomplishments—holding down the national debt, keeping inflation in check, and fighting for balanced budgets—it hit me that we’d clearly gotten their names mixed up at some point,” Priebus told reporters. “I couldn’t believe we’d been associating terms like ‘visionary,’ ‘principled,’ and ‘bold’ with President Reagan. That wasn’t him at all—that was Ike.”

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  1. michael reynolds says:

    Yes, but during WW2 while Reagan bravely made one morale-boosting film after another, Eisenhower held a mere desk job with the army.

  2. hal lockhart says:

    The Onion gets it right. Again.

  3. Murray says:

    Ueber hilarious it is, I say.

  4. anjin-san says:

    I like Ike…

  5. Richard Gardner says: