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February 13, 2008 |
Dear Mr. Keillor:
I was really disappointed by your positive treatment of Ronald Reagan on February 6th on Writer's Almanac. Reagan ranks among the two or three worst presidents in American history. His notable "accomplishments": the Iran-Contra Scandal, the funding of Saddam Hussein, the tripling of our National Debt, and increasing the gap between the rich and poor.
I would have been much more pleased by hearing more about Tom Brokaw, who shares the same birthday, but who got one sentence from you.
The little spritz on Mr. Reagan didn't try to rank him as a president, only to give some novelistic details about his life his early start in radio, his start in movies, his fondness for jellybeans, and so forth. What some might call trivia, but if you were a novelist writing about the man, you'd treasure facts like that. We did something similar on James Joyce, and Lincoln, and Washington. No judgments implied. Sorry we disappointed you.