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Stephen Colbert Learns Ronald Reagan Hosted The First Gay White House Sleepover (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Feb 22nd 2011 11:05AM
Eugene Jarecki, who directed the Ronald Reagan biopic 'Reagan' was on 'The Colbert Report' (weekdays, 11:30 ET on Comedy Central) where he tried to impress upon Stephen Colbert that Reagan wasn't the rigid conservative he is often remembered as.

"Reagan was actually the first President to have a gay sleepover in the White House, he had many gay friends," Jarecki told Colbert.

"Go to Hell, what are you talking about," Colbert responded, incredulously. "Name one gay sleepover at the White House!"

"You can Google it," Jarecki recommended. It's fact."

"Who?' Colbert demanded.

"It was his interior decorator and his partner," Jarecki explained, triggering laughter in the audience.

The whole "interior decorator" thing made Jarecki's answer seem more like a punchline than a statement of fact, however Google does confirm that in 1984 Reagan's interior decorator and his partner were the first openly gay couple to spend a night in the White House.

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Rudy Giuliani Wants Sarah Palin to Run for President ... So He'll Look Better by Comparison (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Jan 25th 2011 2:45PM
Appearing on 'Piers Morgan Tonight' (weekdays, 9 PM ET on CNN), former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani did something fewer and fewer Republicans are willing to do: He presented a scenario in which Sarah Palin could be elected president.

Giuliani acknowledged that Palin currently doesn't match up well against Obama in the polls, but he offered some historical context: "If we were looking at the 1980 presidential election, at this stage of that election Ronald Reagan would have looked too polarizing to beat Jimmy Carter ... Well, he turned out not to be too polarizing."

Given Giuliani's relatively rosy assessment of Palin's electoral chances, that means he would be less likely to run for president if Palin takes the plunge, right?

Actually, quite the opposite, as he told Morgan with a smile. In fact, Giuliani believes a Palin run would make it easier for a more moderate candidate like Giuliani to win the GOP primary. And suddenly Giuliani's comparison between Palin today and Reagan in 1979 seemed even more dubious -- and quite self-serving.

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GOP Strategist Ed Rollins Blasts Sarah Palin For Comparing Herself To Ronald Reagan (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Dec 2nd 2010 6:00PM
Ed Rollins knew Ronald Reagan, having run his 1984 Presidential campaign in which Reagan won 49 states. And Ed Rollins wants Sarah Palin to know she's not anything like Ronald Reagan, who the former Alaska governor often compares herself to.

Appearing on 'John King USA' (weekdays , 7 PM ET on CNN) Rollins discussed an article he wrote recently in which he said to Palin, "I would have hoped among the five colleges you attended that you would have learned a little history. And I can tell you being governor of the most populous state is a lot tougher than being governor of one of the least populous ones."

"Her whole rhetoric now is Ronald Reagan did this, so therefor I can do that," Rollins explained to King, after King had showed his audience quotes from Rollins' article about Palin. "She ain't Ronald Reagan. Reagan was a very significant person by the time he ended up running for president."

It seems safe to assume that Rollins has now joined the rapidly expanding group of republicans who would like to see Palin stay in Alaska. (Or in the cyberworld of Facebook and Twitter.)

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Sarah Palin Defends Her Reality Show: 'Wasn't Ronald Reagan an Actor?' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Nov 1st 2010 5:37PM
On 'Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace' (Sunday, 9 AM ET on Fox) Sarah Palin fought back against criticism from Karl Rove that she might lack the "gravitas" to be president because she will be starring in a reality TV show called 'Sarah Palin's Alaska.'

This was Rove's full quote, which Chris Wallace read to Palin:

"With all due candor, appearing on your own reality show on the Discovery Channel, I am not certain how that fits in the American Calculus of 'that helps me see you in the Oval Office' . . . There are high standards that the American people have for (the presidency), and they require a certain level of gravitas."

"I agree with that, that the standards should be high for anyone who would ever want to run for president," Palin shot back. "Like, um, wasn't Ronald Reagan an actor, wasn't he in Bedtime for Bonzo -- bozo, something. . . "

The name of the film Palin was reaching for was 'Bedtime for Bonzo,' in which Reagan played a Professor trying to teach chimpanzees human emotions. The former Governor may have a point: compared to such a timeless classic like 'Bonzo,' 'Sarah Palin's Alaska' may end up looking downright Reaganesque by comparison.

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Jon Stewart Gets a New Hat, and Instantly Turns Into a Republican (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Aug 18th 2010 1:36AM
Jon Stewart Gets a New Hat, and Instantly Turns Into a RepublicanDo clothes make the man? We all know that 'Daily Show' host Jon Stewart is a fairly liberal dude. But what if his Democratic-ness is just based solely on his choice of wardrobe?

On the latest episode of the show (weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central), Jon is visited by guest Dick Armey. By the way -- and just as a side-note -- "Dick Armey" is the most unfortunate name that any person has received in the course of human history.

At any rate, Dick is a pretty hardcore Republican, and a current leader of the "Tea Party" movement. But while he's on the show, he gives Jon a present. It's a cowboy hat that was specifically designed for Ronald Reagan. Jon puts it on -- and the hat has an instant effect on his demeanor. Suddenly, Jon starts ranting about Communism, then starts shooting imaginary guns in the air.

... See? It's just that easy. The divide between being a liberal or conservative is based on nothing more than what type of headgear that you wear.

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'SNL's' Presidential Reunion Video Hits Funny or Die

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 4th 2010 8:45PM
Nearly 30 years of one of American television's most storied and beloved traditions (i.e. portraying our presidents as moronic simpletons whose inability to tie their own shoes could send the country to Defcon 3) came to a glorious fountain of awesomeness at Funnyordie.com.

The website premiered a new public service announcement on federal finance laws directed by Ron Howard in the form of a very funny "Presidential Reunion" sketch that features the likes of Will Ferrell, Darrell Hammond, Dana Carvey, Dan Aykroyd and even Chevy Chase reviving their classic impressions of former presidents including (respectively) George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George Bush Sr., Jimmy Carter and (the most hilarious in my opinion) Gerald Ford who come together to help the beleaguered Barack Obama, played by Fred Armisen. Jim Carrey also stepped in the room to play Ronald Reagan probably because Randy Quaid is nuttier than a Payday bar these days.

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I defy you to find a better commercial: Snuggie for Dogs

by Kona Gallagher, posted Aug 5th 2009 11:02AM
snuggie for dogsSnuggie. For. Dogs. I really feel like anything I write after that is just superfluous. So, yes, everybody has written about the Snuggie, ha ha ha. America is fat and lazy and will soon be taken over by the far more efficient Chinese.

But these are all known facts. Ever since Ronald Reagan declared ketchup as a vegetable, the cat's kind of been out of the bag on the whole "America is fat" tip. So when I saw the ad for the Snuggie, my reaction was simply, "meh." Actually, that's a lie. My reaction was, "Dude. That's awesome. Blankets 24/7!" But after I sobered up, it went back to, "meh."

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ABC News' Sam Donaldson announces his retirement

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 16th 2009 12:01PM
Sam DonaldsonOne of the most recognizable figures in ABC News is saying goodbye to the daily grind. In his time with the network, Sam Donaldson has done it all, investigative reporter, anchor, host, talking head, and always with a distinctive, pugnacious style. After four decades at the job, ABC's Sam Donaldson is retiring.

He will be missed, especially at the network. Anchorman Charles Gibson acknowledged as much when he told the Washington Post that Donaldson's retirement "really is a loss of the bedrock" for ABC. These days, the big three have struggled to maintain their dominance in the news business with cable outlets offering so much blanket coverage compared to the nets. Sam Donaldson has been synonymous with ABC. He can't help but be missed. To this day, I think Ted Koppell is missed as well.

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What's On Tonight: NBA Playoffs, Naruto, Design on a Dime

by Bob Sassone, posted May 26th 2007 5:04PM
  • Robin HoodAt 8, The History Channel has the original Planet of the Apes.
  • At 8:30, ABC has Spurs/Jazz playoff game.
  • Also at 8:30: Cartoon Network has a new Bobobo-bo Bo-Bobo, then new episodes of Naruto, One Piece, Mar, and The Prince of Tennis.
  • At 9, FOX has a new America's Most Wanted.
  • CNBC has a new Suze Orman Show at 9.
  • BBC America has a new Robin Hood at 9, followed by a new Wild At Heart.
  • There's a new episode of The Real Deal on TLC at 9.
  • At 10 on CSPAN2, Douglas Brinkley talks about The Reagan Diaries.
  • HGTV has a new Design on a Dime at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Ronnie and Nancy are hooked on heroin - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 10th 2007 8:02AM

ronald reaganNow that we have all these fancy-wancy computers, it's easy to make funny videos like the one I've placed below, but this particular one was created in the late '80s, and no doubt took a long time to create. It's also one of the most hysterical things I've seen in a long time.

The video is an anti-drug promo with Ronald and Nancy Reagan, creatively edited into a call for more widespread drug use, especially among children. Yes, the video is manipulated to make it appear as if Ron and Nancy are advocates of drug use, but if you pay close attention, you'll also learn how important freedom is to this nation, especially the freedom to have less freedom.

The video is a little over seven minutes long, but trust me, it's worth it to sit through the whole thing. I laughed so hard the people in the apartment next to mine probably think I'm insane.

[via Boing Boing]

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