Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Reagan in London

A ten-foot tall bronze statue of the 40th US president was unveiled in London on the Fourth of July. It came on the 100th anniversary of Reagan's birth or, as Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation chairperson Fred Ryan said, "As I think he would describe it, the 61st anniversary of his 39th birthday!" Even though the statue was paid for by private donors - total cost of $1 million - I wonder why Britons would permit Ronald Reagan to stand outside the US embassy in the first place? There are more deserving US presidents that I can think of, but that's not the point. Why is London getting a Reagan statue? John Heubusch, executive director of the foundation says this is part of fulfilling the mission to "preserve and promote the president's legacy". Well, I still don't get it - wouldn't Illinois (the state where he was born) or California (the state where he served as Governor 1967-75) be a more appropriate location?

Whatever lah! I have read that there is already a long tradition of private interest groups honoring their heroes with public memorials. Across from the Reagan statue is a presidential predecessor Dwight Eisenhower and it was given by the people of Kansas City, Missouri. And there's also a massive bust of Karl Marx in Highgate Cemetary erected in 1954 by the Communist Party of Great Britain.

I was just thinking. Who knows, perhaps, Rosmah Mansor may just decide she wants to honor herself and have her statue placed in front of the Malaysian embassy in Belgrave Square? I will not be surprised since Rosmah is so conceited, self-absorbed and inflated that she will get Najib to satiate her desire for immortality by building her a five-foot statue. I suggested 'five feet' because she is a squat woman, after all.

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