A New Entrant in the Race for Most Ronaldy Reaganesqueness

Mary Katharine Ham
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Posted: Oct 17, 2007 9:09 AM

I had no idea Obama was even eligible:

Addressing the Republican Jewish Coalition, Giuliani described Obama's offer, during a presidential debate in July, to meet as president with the leaders of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and North Korea.

"Then he went on to explain that Ronald Reagan negotiated with the communists," Giuliani said, pausing and sighing. "I say this most respectfully: You're not Ronald Reagan, you know?"

The audience in a downtown Washington hotel laughed and clapped.

Rudy went on to describe Reagan diplomacy:

"Here's what Ronald Reagan did before he negotiated with communists," the former New York mayor continued. "First he called them the evil empire. Then he took missiles, intermediate-range missiles ... and he put them in European cities, and he pointed the missiles at Russian cities with names on them.

"Then he said, in a very nice way, 'Let's negotiate.'"

The Obama camp slapped back by sticking Rudy for taking money to represent Citgo, an American subsidiary of Hugo Chavez's Venezuelan oil company.