[VIDEO] Scarborough Admits ‘Boneheaded’ Claim About Reagan

Scarborough Admits ‘Boneheaded’ Claim Reagan Canceled Vacation after Plane Attack

Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough harshly criticized President Barack Obama Monday morning for failing to cancel his travel plans following the downing of flight MH17, presumably by Putin-backed Ukrainian rebels.

Scarborough contrasted Obamaโ€™s behavior with that of Ronald Reaganโ€™s following the Soviet attack on Korean Air Flight 007 in 1983 โ€” even as cohost Mika Brzezinski tried to tell him that Reagan had actually waited four days in between the incident and his speech condemning it, and had fought against canceling his vacation. Here, have a transcript:

BRZEZINSKI: At the same time thereโ€™s these parallels being made to Ronald Reagan and how he responded to the Korean airliner. It took him four days to go back and make the strong statements that he made, just for some perspective.
SCARBOROUGH: He immediately canceled his vacation.
BRZEZINSKI: No, he didnโ€™t, actually.
SCARBOROUGH: Yes, he actually did.
BRZEZINSKI: No, he didnโ€™t immediately cancel it.
SCARBOROUGH: Yes, he did. He immediately canceled it. He immediately went back to the White House. He immediately canceled fund-raising events and campaign events. Yes, he did. You can go back and look. Ronald Reagan didnโ€™t keep campaigning. He stopped when the Korean airliner went down.
Brzezinski, it turned out, was right. Reaganโ€™s address came four days after the attack, in between which he had an aide make a statement about the incident before making a shorter one himself. At the time, Reagan had been on a twenty-five day vacation in California, and resisted returning to Washington, having an aide tell reporters that he had โ€œevery facility, every capacity, every capabilityโ€ to deal with the crisis at his California ranch. The trip was eventually cut short.

[source: msnbc]

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