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A nine-foot statue of former President Ronald Reagan was unveiled today at the Washington-area airport named after the former General Electric pitchman and star of such film classics as Bedtime for Bonzo.

Just as with the other statues of the “great man” that have been erected since his death (e.g., in the Capitol Rotunda and more recently at the U.S. Embassy in London, England) by his adoring fans, this one too is a hideously mundane affair with no artistic merit whatsoever.

Given his penchant for imagining himself as a cowboy and his genuine love of horseback riding on his faux “ranch” in California, one might have thought something in the style of Frederic Remington to be a more appropriate way of having memorialized the now mythic deity of right-wing ideologues. Instead, what’s offered up to the airport’s beleaguered travellers is an over-sized pedestrian that’s been suddenly immobilized for some unknown reason.

Ronnie’s Coin Toss

A “found object” from Harry Shearer and My Damn Channel featuring Ronald Reagan preparing to do the coin toss for Super Bowl XIX back in 1985. Seems kind of appropriate, all considered, don’t you think?

I have to admit though, it’s a strange, rather creepy viewing experience; almost like eavesdropping or watching hidden camera surveillance.