Cover-Up in the Air - What Would Reagan Do?

  • Aired:  07/21/14
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Barack Obama deals with an international crisis involving Russia, missiles and a civilian aircraft; considerable comparisons to Ronald Reagan ensue. (5:39)

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

SO, SO, THERE WE GO. WHAT ISTHAT?

WHAT DO YOU GOT THERE? TWISTEDAROUND THERE?

BOOM.

>> IN THE WAKE OF THE UKRAINEPLANE CRASH, ONE THING IS

CERTAIN.

BARACK OBAMA AIN'T GONNA DOANYTHING.

HE STOPPED PRESIDENTING LIKE AYEAR AND A HALF AGO.

NOW HE JUST SITS AROUND IN HISUNDERWEAR EATING CHEESE DOODLES,

GROWING HIS FINGERNAILS OUT ANDWATCHING THE SAME EPISODE OF THE

"GOLDEN GIRLS" OVER AND OVERAGAIN.

IT'S TRUE.JESUS, ALL RIGHT...

I SHOULD LOOK AT THESE INREHEARSAL.

AND APPARENTLY HE'S WHITE ANDHAS THE SAME BODY THAT WE USE

FOR A BIT WE DID WITH STEVECARELL LIKE 12 YEARS AGO.

ANYWAY, MY POINT IS THIS: WHATARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT RUSSIA?

>> WELL, WHAT WE NEED DO IS WEHAVE TO MATCH STRENGTH AGAINST

STRENGTH. WE REALLY NEEDTO SHOW RUSSIA THAT WE WILL,

YOU KNOW, MATCH THEIRMILITARY BUILDUP AND WE'LL HELP

UKRAINE MATCH THAT SO THEY CANDEFEND THEMSELVES.

>> Jon: SMART.

WE SEND THEIR GUYS WEAPONS ANDTHEN RUSSIA SENDS THEIR GUYS

MORE WEAPONS SO WE SEND MOREWEAPONS, YADDA, YADDA, YADDA,

WORLD PEACE.

OKAY.

ONE OF YOU IDIOTS HAS TO HAVE ABETTER IDEA.

>> I THINK WE SHOULD TALK ABOUTCANCELING THE WORLD CUP.

WHY SHOULD COUNTRIES BE GOING INTHE WORLD CUP TO MOSCOW?

>> Jon: NICE.

SO NOW YOU WANT TO TAKE ON THEONE GROUP MORE CORRUPT AND

THUGGISH THAN RUSSIA.

YEAH, OKAY, THAT'S REAL SMART.

SO THOSE ARE ALL ACTIONS...

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]BUT ACTIONS, ACTIONS ARE NOT

GOING TO DO ANYTHING.

BECAUSE THERE'S ONE THING THATSPEAKS LOUDER THAN ACTIONS.

>> WHAT IS THE ADMINISTRATIONNOT YET PREPARED TO DO THAT YOU

THINK MUST BE DONE?

>> ONE, HE DIDN'T CALL PUTIN THETHUG THAT HE IS.

>> Jon: YES!

STICKS AND STONES MAY BREAK HISBONES, BUT NAMES, IS THAT HOW I

SEEM TO PEOPLE?[LAUGHTER]

THEY, THEY THINK I'M THUGGISH?

I'VE WRESTLED ALLIGATORS ANDBEARS, BUT NONE OF THEM EVER

HURT ME LIKE WORDS.

SO, YOU KNOW WHAT, HE WAS... ALLRIGHT.

SO THE QUESTION IS THIS: WHAT'STHE RIGHT MODEL FOR A PRESIDENT

IN THIS SITUATION.AND THE ANSWER BE:

>> WE SAW HOW REAGAN RESPONDED

TO THE SOVIETS BACK THEN.

>> Jon: YES, REAGAN.

ST. RONNY DEALT WITH A VERYSIMILAR SITUATION.

IN 1983 WHEN THE SOVIET UNIONSHOT DOWN A KOREAN PASSENGER

PLANE OFF THE COAST OF JAPAN.

I'LL NEVER FORGET HOW HERESPONDED.

HOW DID HE RESPOND?

>> REAGAN WAS AT THE RANCH INCALIFORNIA.

HE IMMEDIATELY CAME BACK.

>> RUSHED HOME FROM SANTABARBARA VACATION.

>> HE IMMEDIATELY CAME HOME ANDIMMEDIATELY BE BRIEFED,

IMMEDIATELY GET MOVING FORWARDAND CONDEMN THE SOVIET UNION IN

THE STRONGEST TERMS POSSIBLE.

>> Jon: IMMEDIATELY, PLANECRASHES, THEY GO TO TELL REAGAN

ABOUT IT AND THEY'RE LIKE,WHAT HE'S ALREADY GONE.

THE SCENT OF AFTER SHAVE ANDJELLYBEANS THE ONLY THING

LINGERING IN THE AIR. HOW DIDHE SPRING INTO ACTION SO FAST?

TO THIS DAY NOBODY KNOWS, BUT WEKNOW WHAT HAPPENED NEXT, REAGAN

TOOK ALL OF RUSSIA'SMISSILES, TWIRLED THEM

UP SINGLE HANDEDLY AND THREWTHEM INTO THE SUN.

WAIT A MINUTE.

I'M SORRY.

THAT LAST PART WASN'T REAGAN.

IT WAS SUPERMAN.

BUT THERE'S NO DIFFERENCE.

THE POINT IS REAGAN ACTEDWITHOUT DELAY.

>> I WAS COVERING RONALD REAGANAT THAT TIME.

HE WAS IN SANTA BARBARA AT HISRANCH WHEN THIS HAPPENED.

AND QUITE FRANKLY, HE DIDN'TWANT TO LEAVE.

AND HIS ADVISERS REALIZED HOWTERRIBLE THIS LOOKED AND

EVENTUALLY PERSUADED HIM HE HADTO FLY BACK TO WASHINGTON AND

HAD TO MAKE THE SPEECH TO THENATION, BUT IT DID TAKE HIM FOUR

DAYS. [LAUGHTER]

>> Jon: WHAT? [CLEARS THROAT]

YES, REAGAN'S RESPONSE TO THATCATASTROPHE WAS SO SPECIAL,

SO REMARKABLE, IT WAS ENOUGH TOMAKE US FORGET WHAT ACTUALLY

HAPPENED.

[LAUGHTER]WHICH IS THAT REAGAN GRUDGINGLY

CUT SHORT HIS 25-DAY VACATIONAFTER BEING CAUGHT ON CAMERA

RIDING A HORSE.

BUT YOU KNOW WHAT, DON'T TAKE MYWORD FOR IT.

LET'S READ FROM HIS ACTUAL DIARYABOUT THE INCIDENT.

[CLEARS THROAT][AS RONALD REAGAN]: FRIDAY,

SEPTEMBER 2ND, THE SOVIETS SHOTDOWN A KOREAN AIRLINER WITH

269 PASSENGERS, 53 OFTHEM AMERICANS, INCLUDING

CONGRESSMAN LARRY McDONALD. WEWERE DUE TO RETURN TO WASHINGTON

ON LABOR DAY BUT REALIZED WECOULDN'T WAIT.

WE LEFT ON FRIDAY.

IT WAS HEARTBREAKING, DASH, IHAD REALLY LOOKED FORWARD TO

THOSE LAST THREE DAYS.

PUNCTUATION REAGANS.

YES.

REAGAN WAS IN DEEP MOURNING FORLOSING THE FINAL 12% OF HIS

VACATION.

IN FACT, IN 1988, WHEN THE U.S.

ACCIDENTALLY SHOT DOWN ANIRANIAN AIRLINER, ALSO UNDER

REAGAN'S WATCH, REAGAN REFUSEDTO END THAT VACATION EARLY.

AND BY THE WAY, AMERICA WAS SOTORN UP ABOUT SHOOTING DOWN THAT

PLANE THAT THE COMMANDER OF THESHIP WHO DID IT LATER RECEIVED A

MEDAL FOR HIS SERVICE.

I BRIEF IT WAS CALLED THE SILVEROH, EW, OH.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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