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August 24, 1997 | CHRIS CHI
Several artists turned the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum into a studio Saturday, showing off skills used to create gifts for Presidents Reagan, Bush and Clinton. The daylong courtyard display featured six artists from the western United States. Bringing with them paintbrushes, carving knives, blowtorches and other tools, they chatted with visitors about how presidents can spur creative impulses.
November 11, 2010 | By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau
If they host it, will they come? The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library announced Thursday that it plans to invite "all of the leading contenders" to a spring 2011 debate in Simi Valley, the first Republican presidential primary debate of the 2012 cycle. NBC News and Politico have signed on as media partners. "Ronnie would be thrilled that the road to the White House will begin at his Presidential Library," former first lady Nancy Reagan said in a press release. "I look forward to welcoming and watching the top candidates debate the issues next spring.
November 11, 2002 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
The silky notes were as kisses to the audience Sunday as famed "pianist to the presidents" Roger Williams celebrated his 78th birthday with a 13-hour ivory-tickling marathon at the Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace in Yorba Linda. Among the tunes he played were several renditions of "Happy Birthday," as well as an unnamed song written by Nixon himself and performed only once before: on Jack Paar's television show in 1963. "Just Nixon played it," Williams said, "and not very well."
April 25, 2013 | By Christi Parsons
DALLAS -- President Obama is in the heart of George W. Bush country to pay tribute to the former president he describes as “concerned about all people in America, not just those who voted Republican. " Obama kicked off his Texas visit at a fundraiser where he urged wealthy donors to help elect Democrats for the good of the country, but Obama was complimentary of his Republican predecessor as he prepared to attend the opening of the Bush presidential library on Thursday. “One of the things I will insist upon is, whatever our political differences, President Bush loves this country and loves its people,” Obama told the donors late Wednesday.
July 30, 1991 | HUGO MARTIN
A plan to allow former President Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy, to be buried at his presidential library near Simi Valley will be considered today by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors. The proposal was tentatively approved by a 3-2 vote of the Planning Commission last month. The commission also voted to allow library staff to serve food and hold meetings in the evening.
December 26, 1992
I could not help but notice some omissions in Herbert Holzman's letter (Dec. 9) re former Presidents Nixon and Carter. Holzman conveniently forgets to include that President Nixon voluntarily gave up his Secret Service protection in 1982, saving taxpayers over $3 million per year. (Neither) Jimmy Carter nor any of our other living former Presidents has done so. Holzman also forgets to include that when the government seized President Nixon's presidential papers, he was the only former President to be denied such materials.
January 27, 1996
In Rick Vanderknyff's article, ("Personality Split," Jan. 10), he states that the Nixon Library's view of President Nixon and Oliver Stone's version "are both sympathetic to their subject." I agree. I have talked to many people in Orange County who refuse to see the movie and yet criticize it based on what they've heard. Although parts of the film were, without a doubt, speculative, I was amazed at how far Oliver Stone went to present Nixon as a real person with both faults and attributes.
April 17, 1988
Regarding the recent Times articles concerning the $100,000-a-plate dinner on behalf of Nancy and President Reagan: It's my opinion that such a dinner, regardless of its purported purpose--to raise funds for a Presidential Library--is an obscene flaunting of wealth and an insult to both the office of the President and the American public. Certainly, anyone with one iota of intelligence knows that the rich enjoy a life style far beyond the imagination of "we the people." However, in these stressful days of "squeeze and need"--when people are losing their homes because they can't pay their utility bills, when people can't afford to pay their rents because of frequent increases and higher taxes, when people existing on "poverty-level-wages" discover that their income taxes have doubled and when the Reagans are allowed a $6-million vacation budget at the taxpayers' expense while many of those same taxpayers cannot afford even one vacation--such a "gala occasion" and "overt extravagance" involving our President and other prominent public figures is in extreme bad taste.
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