Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan was too a quote-freak, going so far as to keep scores of written reminders and "one liners", which he kept on notecards so he could access them. These and other fascinating facts are available to peruse and learn in the Ronald Reagan Library and Museum, in Simi Valley, Calif., about 45 miles north of Los Angeles.
Also of note and potentially great importance in this library is a small plaque that Dutch kept on his desk in the Oval Office. Pretty much every single fan of the Dallas Cowboys, be they red, blue, right or left, would very likely wish Jerry Jones would read, and live, this Reagan favorite:
"THERE IS NO LIMIT TO WHAT A MAN CAN DO OR WHERE HE CAN GO IF HE DOESN'T MIND WHO GETS THE CREDIT"
Since that will not be happening any time soon, do yourself a favor and visit this library/museum when you get the chance.
The Reagan is the fourth such Presidential library I have visited, and it does include many of the highlights of his tenure from 1980 to 1988. It's main focus, as expected, was Reagan's "victory" in the Cold War, and specifically the spread and eventual devolvement of Communism and autocratic rule through history.
Unlike some of the other presidential libraries, though, the Reagan does not mention some of the inevitable lowlights any President endures. No mention of the Iran/Contra scandal. No mention of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. It's not a white-washing of history, but this museum focuses exclusively on the highlights.
The museum does a nice job of telling his back story, specifically highlighting some of his high school days when it became apparent the man had an innate gift as an orator.
It was fun to watch some of the video highlights of Reagan's considerble humor, and timing that he honed as a radio announcer and an actor.
The brightest highlight of the museum is the addition, and tour, of Air Force 1. This plane, was was transported to Simi Valley, was re-pieced and re-assembled to be the plane many presidents used to travel the world.
This plane was dressed to resemble the Reagan administration, up to and including a container of jelly beans, his favorite snack.
If you are in LA for a while and can get there, this is worth the visit.
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