February 6, 2011 is the one hundredth anniversary of the birth date of Ronald Reagan. It reminded me that several years ago I read on the Biography.com website a very short bio about President Reagan. If I remember correctly it was about 250 words (in comparison, the page for President Clinton was about 6 or 7 times as long - although I checked again and Reagan's is much longer now) but what galled me most was that it ended by saying something like 'his accomplishments are questionable and it remains to be seen what his legacy will be' (I'm going by memory here).
Now lots of Republicans label themselves "Reagan Republicans" and candidates on both sides claim to espouse his ideals. I even heard recently that President Obama made comments trying to draw favorable comparisons to their respective political philosophies. The "mantle of Reagan" has become a valuable political commodity in these difficult economic times. And I’ve seen bumper stickers that say something like "I miss Reagan."