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Reagan Tells Prayer Breakfast He Can't Understand Atheists

February 04, 1988|Associated Press

WASHINGTON — President Reagan, addressing the National Prayer Breakfast, said today he's "long been unable" to understand atheists.

"I've had an unholy desire to invite some atheists to a dinner and then serve the most fabulous gourmet dinner that has ever been concocted--and after dinner ask them if they believe there was a cook," joked Reagan, drawing a long laugh from his listeners.

In his brief remarks, Reagan called God's truth "the ultimate power source. It's available to ministers of the Gospel, Presidents and the local grocery clerk. His comforting hand--well, I could never carry the responsibilities of this high office without it," Reagan said.

Reagan and his wife, Nancy, received a standing ovation from the crowd of several thousand, which broke out singing "Happy Birthday." The President, who beamed in response, turns 77 on Saturday.

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