Sunday, January 29, 2006
Reagan Presidential Library
Our visit to the Reagan Presidential Library yesterday wasn't as thought provoking as Nixon's the day before. I think that was primarily due to being overwhelmed by the physical splendor of the place. It sits on a hilltop overlooking spectacular hills and vineyards. I felt like we were at Hearst Castle! This was a president with a sense of humor! I don't know this for a fact, but I'll bet he commissioned this portrait himself. It's made completely of jelly beans. If you were around back then, you remember that he was known for always having a jar of jelly beans on his desk. The high point, of course, was Air Force One. This is the actual plane that served as the flying whitehouse for Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush Sr., Clinton and Bush Jr. It was just installed in the museum last October. They had to dissassemle it and reassemble to get it here. You weren't allowed to take any pictures inside.