More Bronze Ronnie’s

The sad thing about youth is that they have no yardstick for comparison sake, a skewed point of reference. They look at Mr. 90 handicap, his bouncing into walls and his lurch of inertia, and they think this is presidential, too bad.

In Budapest Hungary they just erected a statue of a real president, check it out:

No missile defense batteries for them.

The Statue, appropriately enough will be placed right in the middle of Freedom Square.

A statue of former U.S. President Ronald Reagan was unveiled Wednesday in Hungary’s capital, where he was honored for his leadership in helping to end communism.

The bronze 2-meter (7-foot) likeness of the 40th president was erected in Budapest at Freedom Square, near both the U.S. Embassy and a World War II memorial to Soviet soldiers killed during the ouster of the Nazis from Hungary.
Reagan was remembered for the aid and encouragement he gave Hungary and other former Soviet satellite states in Eastern Europe to gain back their freedom.

Reagan “changed the world and created a new world for Central Europe,” Orban said at the unveiling ceremony. “He tore down the walls which were erected in the path of freedom in the name of distorted and sick ideologies.

7 feet tall? the one in London’s Grosvenor Square has that beat by 3 feet.

Hungary is not the first ex communist country to recognize the Cold Warrior, Warsaw Poland erected one a few years back.

“The statue is a way for his legacy to live on,” said Janusz Dorosiewicz, a businessman behind the private project.
“Reagan was the person who defeated the communists and opened the way for freedom in Poland,” he said.

Since The Gibber had a plaque on his desk that read ,”It is amazing what one can do if he does not care who gets the credit”, I suspect he would value the efforts of the freedom fighters on the ground over his doings in Washington, but I bet he would think this is kinda cool nonetheless.

I’ll leave you with this:

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  1. hist_ed

    Jesus, was Ronnie the last president who could tell a joke? Yeah pretty much. You know that he took the real stuff seriously without taking himself too seriously.

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  2. loserlame

    I remember living in a rural area, not known by everyone there to have an American passport, but forever outnumbered by those who just knew the US had 52 states, and that Reagan was the Great Satan. laughing hysterically anytime this ancient two-bit actor relic lied and then stumbled oafishly, like all fat Americans typically did .

    Quite a few Euros would’ve erected statues of John Hinckley, Jr. back then, but bronze is known to cause cancer…. Proof here:

    Bronze statue of girl stolen from Cancer Survivors Park in Phoenix
    Apr. 19, 2011 04:07 PM
    The Arizona Republic

    Police are searching for whoever stole a bronze statue from the Cancer Survivors Park in Phoenix during the weekend.
    The 4-feet-tall statue of a small girl was ripped from the park at First and Willetta streets sometime after Friday morning, according to Sgt. Tommy Thompson, a spokesman for the Phoenix Police Department.
    All that remains is the girl’s shoe, which anchored the statue to the ground.
    Thompson said the statue will cost about $12,000 to replace.

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    True story: just this afternoon, cashing a meager check at my bank behind a foreigner with an eastern European-sounding accent and a lively toddler on his arm whilst fiddling with lots of $ bills (no, he didn’t mind any of his many evil worthless $1 bills murdering cristine (sp?) forests) , I found a $100 bill in the doorway….
    …and handed it over to a teller. I wasn’t invited to sign anything. I doubt anyone coming back and demanding that bill will get it, and, obviously, neither will I, even if nobody shows to claim it.

    I expect Allah will somehow punish me for mocking good people, as the always does.

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