The Curtain Calls The Gipper

Ronald Reagan was a movie star. So it was befitting to once again see him on television, with paparazzi and gawkers lining the funeral route. How appropriate and strange was it to hear the crowd clap as his casket passed? Nobody claps at funerals. The applause felt like the kind you hear in a movie theater after watching Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings. The final scene ends and as the credits begin to roll, claps lightly intersperse throughout the crowd. It isn't a whole hearted uproar of applause, because who are you applauding? The actors aren't their. Neither was Ronald Reagan as his casket passed by the crowds.

Those clapping felt the need to acknowledge Ronald Reagan's performance in the summer blockbuster that was his life. His casket moved by the theater patrons, the credits started to roll, the lights came up, and some started walking toward the aisle trying to beat the crowds. Ronald Reagan's movie brought us together. The show has ended and we have gone our separate ways, while waiting for the next great film to come along.

Posted by Monkeyspit at June 10, 2004 9:14 AM


Yeah, man. I live in DC, here. And I think it is the ceremony of it, you know? I know of people who liked and disliked him who went to check it out - the procession and so on. Shoot, down at the Capitol, they had the line to go see him snaked around, back and forth like a theme park. They were going all night long into the Rotunda to see his casket.

Posted by: Bobby at June 11, 2004 11:04 PM

Was he even in the Casket? How do we know his body was in there? Why was it closed?

Posted by: Conspiracy Abounds at June 14, 2004 4:07 PM
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