I’m going over the transcript from the CNN interview, and it turns out the whole talking about religion in the eulogy was totally wrong. Other great goodies in there as well:
KING: You said, dad was also a deeply unabashedly religious man, but he never made the mistake of wearing his faith on his sleeve to gain political advantage. Were you referring to the president?
REAGAN: You know, it’s interesting.
KING: Everyone thought that.
REAGAN: I know. I wasn’t watching TV much after I delivered the eulogy for a few days. But after a couple of days I started getting calls from people saying, boy you really stirred something up, didn’t you? I thought, well, what? Well, you know, the stuff you said about Bush. I said, I didn’t say anything about Bush, why would I mention George W. Bush in my father’s eulogy?
No, no, no, no, the stuff about the religion. I thought, ha, funny, you then everybody thought I was talking about George W. Bush. And then I heard — everybody thought I was talking about George — but people connected with George W. Bush thought I was talking about George W. Bush. And then I began to think, maybe I was, I just didn’t know it. [ed- emphasis added. Seriously… what the hell?]
KING: Do you think he wears his religion on his sleeve? He certainly refers to it more than your father ever did.
REAGAN: Well, you know, there was that answer he gave to the question about, did you talk to your father about going into Iraq? No, I talked to a higher father, you know, the almighty. When you hear somebody justifying a war by citing the almighty, God, I get a little worried, frankly. The other guys do that a lot. Osama bin Laden’s always talking about Allah, what Allah wants, that he’s on his side. I think that’s uncomfortable.
And he comes back from a commercial break to lay down another smack at Bush (or maybe he doesn’t know it yet?):
KING: Do you ever think of running for office?
KING: You’ve got a pretty good name going in.
REAGAN: It seems to work for some people.
The whole interview is pretty good and has some good Alzheimer’s and stem-cell research qoutes for anyone who wants to use them