WORLD AIDS DAY, DECEMBER 2, 2013, aka: the Reason I Detested Ronald Reagan and his Unforgivable Presidency

HAT TIP to The Daily Dish and Andrew Sullivan, on World AIDS Day, Monday, December 2, 2013.

Nine years ago The Dish, as Andrew Sullivan’s Blog was called at the time, posted the following exchange between a reporter and Reagan spokesman Larry Speakes - Today, it is “a useful reminder of how far the country has come since October 15, 1982″:

Q: Larry, does the President have any reaction to the announcement from the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, that AIDS is now an epidemic and have over 600 cases?
MR. SPEAKES: Whatís AIDS?
Q: Over a third of them have died. Itís known as ďgay plague.Ē (Laughter.) No, it is. I mean itís a pretty serious thing that one in every three people that get this have died. And I wondered if the President is aware of it?
MR. SPEAKES: I donít have it. Do you? (Laughter.)
Q: No, I donít.
MR. SPEAKES: You didnít answer my question.
Q: Well, I just wondered, does the President Ö
MR. SPEAKES: How do you know? (Laughter.)
Q: In other words, the White House looks on this as a great joke?
MR. SPEAKES: No, I donít know anything about it, Lester.
Q: Does the President, does anyone in the White House know about this epidemic, Larry?
MR. SPEAKES: I donít think so. I donít think thereís been any Ö
Q: Nobody knows?
MR. SPEAKES: There has been no personal experience here, Lester.
Q: No, I mean, I thought you were keeping Ö
MR. SPEAKES: I checked thoroughly with Dr. Ruge this morning and heís had no Ė (laughter) Ė no patients suffering from AIDS or whatever it is.
Q: The President doesnít have gay plague, is that what youíre saying or what?
MR. SPEAKES: No, I didnít say that.
Q: Didnít say that?
MR. SPEAKES: I thought I heard you on the State Department over there. Why didnít you stay there? (Laughter.)
Q: Because I love you Larry, thatís why (Laughter.)
MR. SPEAKES: Oh I see. Just donít put it in those terms, Lester. (Laughter.)
Q: Oh, I retract that.
MR. SPEAKES: I hope so.
Q: Itís too late.

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