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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Obama Does a Stalin on Reagan's Childhood Home

Posted by on Thu, Jan 31, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Just another day in the tea bag universe:

Based on flimsy evidence and leaps of logic, conservative media outlets are pretending that, in the words of Newsmax, "Reagan's Childhood Home to Become Parking Lot for Obama's Library." But the story doesn't pass the smell test.

The "childhood home" is an apartment Reagan lived in for less than a year as a young child, and its planned demolition is part of an expansion by the University of Chicago that has nothing to do with President Obama's presidential library. Obama hasn't chosen which state his presidential library will eventually be in, let alone where people will need to park for it. Further, Obama Press Secretary Jay Carney has declared the story "false."


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fabrications flow from the right wing propaganda apparatus while the truth chokes them and they can't get it out of their mouths.
Posted by simian swagger on January 31, 2013 at 4:05 PM · Report this
These Tea-Party types are really becoming wearisome. Can't we just set up a big reservation in say, Wyoming or the Dakotas and lure them in with a promise of "free guns, unfettered liberty, no brown people!", then lock the gates once they're all inside?
Posted by COMTE on January 31, 2013 at 2:57 PM · Report this
Wow, how easy it must be to write for NewsMax!

Kinda like working back in the day for the supermarket tabloids -- take a small nugget of fact and write a fantasy around it.

Or a Mad Libs in which every other word inserted is "Obama."
Posted by judybrowni on January 31, 2013 at 1:22 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 18
Typical conservative echo chamber strategy.

Keep repeating a lie until the conservative base believes it's always been a fact.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on January 31, 2013 at 12:46 PM · Report this
ScrawnyKayaker 17
Brilliant choice of headline by Newsmax. Who DIDN'T immediately flash on an image of a two-story clapboard house surrounded by towering oak trees when reading the line "Reagan's Childhood Home?"

The more specific "Reagan's Roach-Ridden Old Apartment Building" doesn't evoke quite the nostalgia.

Surprisingly, pasting "832 E. 57th St" into Google Maps doesn't trigger an autocomplete for Chicago. Not much traction for this story?
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on January 31, 2013 at 11:33 AM · Report this
Wow, I have something in common with Ronald Reagan: I, too, lived in Illinois for less than a year as a young child! I must say, since I have no memory of it, it would be hilarious to me if I ever got famous enough for people to want to preserve the place my family lived in for that brief time as my "childhood home."
Posted by I have always been... east coaster on January 31, 2013 at 11:30 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 15
The headline refers to Stalin's habit of not only killing his opponents, but erasing them from history by killing/intimidating people close to them, removing them from images and speeches, destroying/banning their works, and sometimes destroying their homes and buidling something new over the rubble.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on January 31, 2013 at 11:09 AM · Report this
Cracker Jack 14
Sysadmin, spam kill on aisle 10!
Posted by Cracker Jack on January 31, 2013 at 11:03 AM · Report this
Last of the Time Lords 13
All of you are wrong. Obama is going to demolate the existing Reagan Library and build his library on the site with a Kenyan Cultural Center and the new party headquarters for the Socialist Party of the US. *DUH!!*
Posted by Last of the Time Lords on January 31, 2013 at 10:55 AM · Report this
lark 12
I agree the story is ridiculous. It's just an apartment that he lived in briefly. It's silly for conservatives to be upset about that. Obama's childhood residence, an apartment in Honolulu where he spent a considerable amount of time should be preserved. Almost every American President deserves a library at least those that have served a full term (4 years). Not sure about William Henry Harrison who served only 90 days (?) and died in office or John Tyler who basically was a traitor AFTER his Presidency, he was a Confederate. My understanding is Obama's library site has yet to be selected.

Reagan's home is already preserved or at least acknowledged in the National Historic Places Registry. I've actually seen it. It's in Dixon, Illinois. I believe Reagan was born in nearby Tampico, IL.
Posted by lark on January 31, 2013 at 10:53 AM · Report this
watchout5 11
I voted for Obama so he could troll the shit out of Regan. I'm so fucking pissed he's gone back on his promise to be a douchebag, I'm totally resending my vote. Hurumph.
Posted by watchout5 on January 31, 2013 at 10:51 AM · Report this
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billrm 9
I look forward to seeing Raygun's legacy buried under the parking lot of Obama's legacy.
Posted by billrm on January 31, 2013 at 10:26 AM · Report this
Erin Resso 8
Pave paradise, put up a parking lot.
Posted by Erin Resso on January 31, 2013 at 10:03 AM · Report this
Wouldn't Obama's Presidential Library just have a bus stop served constantly by free buses?
Posted by shabadoo on January 31, 2013 at 9:51 AM · Report this

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Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on January 31, 2013 at 9:45 AM · Report this
And Obama's Presidential Library will be passing out food stamps and Section 8 vouchers.
Posted by searunner on January 31, 2013 at 9:39 AM · Report this
Total bullshit. Everyone at Newsmax knows that the Obama Library will be in Nairobi.
Posted by DOUG. on January 31, 2013 at 9:36 AM · Report this
Max Solomon 3
Stalin destroyed Trotsky's (Lenin's? the Tsar's?) boyhood home?
Posted by Max Solomon on January 31, 2013 at 9:33 AM · Report this
OuterCow 2
C'mon, Matt, Stalin was well known for demolishing his enemies homes' and building libraries on the rubble.
Posted by OuterCow on January 31, 2013 at 9:30 AM · Report this
Matt from Denver 1
Charles, what the fuck does your headline mean?
Posted by Matt from Denver on January 31, 2013 at 9:22 AM · Report this

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