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A couple of weeks ago, someone brought my attention to the letter Reagan wrote George H.W. Bush when he took office, which is the custom for the outgoing President.

There are some interesting insights here


Right off the bat, a few things to note

Notice the salutation. Put a pin in that for the moment. “Jeb’s Dad”

“Turned” into the President is an interesting term. Not elected. Kind of like it was preordained?

“Bravo, etc.”. Very dismissive, again, like it was expected


Again, doesn’t call him by his first name

I think he’s setting George up to think Ronald is senile and this continues throughout the letter

Reagan probably just wants to retire to California and be left alone

He’s also telling him to put Americans first


Still doesn’t call him by his first name. Something tells me they weren’t that close

Biting an orange. Who does that? Almost like he thinks he’s an idiot. This seems condescending

Still trying to figure out whether the worm anecdote is code or Senility


Stick with me, it gets good at the end

The address is the current Phoenix arena. Originally, America West Arena, which broke ground in August 1990, more than a year after this letter

Did something happen here? Failed assassination attempt?


Side note on the address: Why wouldn’t he broadcast his California ranch address?

Whether there’s a meaning between the two about the address or he’s communicating that he doesn’t want to be contacted, it’s a part with more meaning


The payoff

We all now assume Bush was behind the Reagan assassination attempt. Reagan knew too and he’s telling him he knows

BOOM. He also knows who’s behind the JFK murder and he’s letting Bush know. Was the Secret Service behind it?


Whether you believe Reagan was just senile or was really communicating a few last barbs at Bush, the references in the letter are intriguing

The more I think about it, the Reagan presidency felt like a Bush proxy presidency after the failed assassination attempt


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