‘One grand, sweet song’: Celebrating Ronald Reagan’s birthday with videos, photos and remembrances

Ronald Wilson Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, would have been 102 today. The celebration of the conservative icon’s birthday is in full swing on Twitter.

Twitter user Michelle Lancaster is celebrating Reagan’s birthday by sharing her favorite quotes using the #Reagan hashtag.

Many others are joining in.

Happy birthday, President Reagan. You are sorely missed.

Twitchy readers: What’s your favorite memory of Ronald Reagan?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marcy-Cook/1001619613 Marcy Cook

    I have so many great memories of Ronald Reagan. I especially remember that the day he took office I sighed a sigh of relief that this great country was back! I always looked forward to his witty comments. He was a very, very wise man. Happy Birthday Mr. President…the great Ronald Reagan.

  • Right Wired

    Best. President. Ever.

  • Emily B

    I had the amazing opportunity to hear President Reagan speak in DC when I was about 6 years old in the early ’80s. I remember it well and was very exciting for me, even as a young child (my parents were HUGE Reagan fans!). He was and still is my favorite President of all time and his name is heard daily in my house, as it is my daughter’s name.

  • aPLWBinAK

    R.I.P. I was going to include a link to his speech ‘a Time for Choosing’ but you people already did, thanks for that….I highly recommend it, especially to any younger people among the readers here who might not yet have had the privilege to hear it, it is a fantastic, and prophetic speech.

  • BlueGood

    Happy Birthday President Regan from an admiring Conservative Cannuck!

    Video of Pres. Reagan & Canadian P.M. Brian Mulroney singing “When Irish Eyes are Smiling”

    (please note, clip is from Leftoid taxpayer funded Welfare Broadcasting Corp. aka CBC)

    But to see our two leaders, then so well in tune, politically & in voice, serves to remind me, we can in North America, be the best of allies & trading partners and share the longest border on the planet, defended only by friendship! (paraphrasing quote of Pres. Dwight Eisenhower)


    God Bless America AND Canada!

  • peteee363

    i remember after he left office, he came to chicago, visited the cubs. after throwing out the first pitch, less the mom jeans, or looking like a girl, he went into the broadcast booth with legendary harry carry. then old harry let reagan call an inning of the game. reagan sounded better then most of the people calling games today. he also visited my old high school, a few years after i finished there. i couldn’t find a photo, but here is a story from the archives:


    • http://www.facebook.com/noah.lee3 Noah Lee

      he was a former announcer for one of the Cubs minor league affiliates before he got a screen test in hollywood.

      • peteee363

        i know, he would read the ticker tape, and rebroadcast games. he laughed about the sound effects he had to make. but on that day in wrigley field he finally got to call one as it happened. it is great tv, but i have never seen it on you tube.

  • annoyinglittletwerp

    I had turned 10 just a few weeks before the 1980 election, and my Jewish Republican parents allowed me to stay up to watch the election results. They told me that I would be voting in 8 years(a statement-not a question), and that they had this sense that Reagan was going to change this nation for the better. 8 years later, I cast my first vote for GHWB. I feel honored and blessed to have come of age during the Reagan era-and disgusted that my almost 19 year old son has spent most of his life being ‘governed’ by left-wing trash. RIP, President Reagan You are sorely needed-you are sorely missed.

  • Maxx

    I listen to old videos of the President talking about conservatism and sadly, I ask myself. “Where is our next Ronald Reagan?” Nobody articulated the wondrous benefits of limited government the way he could. Reagan had the ability sell personal responsibility and make it as desired as a mother’s homemade biscuits.

    Sadly today, we get nothing more than “entitlements ready to eat.”

  • Okie_pastor

    “we are a nation with a government not the other way around.” -Ronald Reagan

  • http://pinterest.com/j0s1395/ Josephine (D)

    Love the picture of him at Wrigley; anyone got video of him with Harry Caray? =)

    Happy Birthday, Mr. President.

  • GoSellCrazySomeplaceElse

    ‘Reagan’ should be a mandatory course taken by every republican running for office. I’m so tired of GOPer’s reflecting on the greatness that is Ronald Reagan, but then disgracing his existence with their actions. I suppose you can’t learn character…you either have it or you don’t.

    • V the K

      Karl Rove, Eric Cantor, John Kasich, George W. Bush, Mitch McConnell, Joe Scarborough, John Boehner, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Chris Christie were unavailable for comment.

  • o0Nighthawk0o

    I actually met President Reagan and Nancy once. It was during the memorial service for the family and surviving crew of the USS Stark, the first ship I served on. Very classy, both of them. They made the effort to talk to and comfort every family member of the victims that were there. While I wasn’t a family member I served with all but one of those killed. He made the effort to say something to me and shook my hand. A day I will never forget. Thank you sir.

  • V the K

    Happy Birthday, President Reagan. Sorry we let you down and let the country become a second rate socialist craphole.

  • tredglx

    Ronaldus Magnus.
    Happy Birthday, Mr President.
    Your nation misses you more than we can express.

  • NCRelite

    I’m so glad that I grew up in America with Ronald Reagan as President. It was a great time to be an American and anything seemed possible –and being an American was something to be proud about, not ashamed of. He was like America’s granddad.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeBeq0i03bg Booker

    Only President to have missed a flawless victory by just one State. What a guy.

  • Jim Denney

    It’s a shame we haven’t had a conservative president since Reagan.

  • http://twitter.com/richardskeen2 richard skeen

    Best POTUS we ever had. Happy birthday MR. President.

  • peteee363

    i sorry i missed that, how much was the national debt under reagan? reagan’s debt (all 8 years) was less then clinton(all 8 years), and less then obama(only 4 years). oh, and obama still has four years to go. and if you would study this information, before spouting political talking points, you would see clinton never balanced the budget, and obama is the biggest spender in american history!

  • o0Nighthawk0o

    I love it when people bring up Reagan supporting an assault weapon ban. So what? We tried it, it didn’t work. So what’s the lefts answer? They it again. What was that definition of insanity again?

  • http://www.facebook.com/noah.lee3 Noah Lee

    he could pronounce “corpsman” correctly! ohh, and he wasn’t a self-absorbed douche like obama.

  • V the K

    He may have been suckered into Amnesty, but at least he didn’t run guns to Mexican Drug Gangs.

  • GOPButtboy6778

    Only president whose approval rating went UP after his presidency was over.

  • michael s

    You forgot granting amnesty to illegal aliens.

  • ForTheRepublic

    Nice name there, trollbait. Pretty obvious what you’re trying to do, so I’ll just leave this comment and hope my friends here don’t bother with you.

  • Jim Denney

    How about that, Bawny Fwanks butt buddy is trolling here.

  • michael s

    No he ran guns to Persian tyrants . Forgot Iran Contra I see.

  • V the K

    Oh yeah, selling drug lords to Mexican drug lords for dubious purposes is *exactly the same* as supplying weapons to freedom fighters overthrowing communist regimes.

    I guess liberals are still butt-hurt because Ronnie defeated their beloved communist Sandinistas.

  • michael s

    Last i checked el salvador wasn’t part of the USA. Now this country has MS-13 to deal with because of those actions. Reagan like Nixon and Johnson Kennedy only used violence in non white communist countries. I thought selling guns to a country that was and is still an Enemy state is worse.