I agree Kennedy was cool and Reagan was a square.<quoted text>
More than fifty years ago, President John Kennedy challenged the U.S. scientific community to develop missiles that would carry men to the moon and back.
Did you see Bill Maher contrasting Kennedy and Reagan about two weeks ago?
Maher: "Historians will argue forever about whether Kennedy and Reagan were good presidents, but on this day can we at least agree that Kennedy was cooler? I mean, sorry, but our liberal icon was a smart, sexy war hero who said he wanted to go to the moon. Yours was an old fuddy-duddy who tried to rock denim.
"And don't tell me Reagan had Hollywood glamour. He wasn't a star, and in 1980 he was 30 years past his prime, which was never much. It would be like in 2016, if the Republicans nominated Judd Nelson.
"I mean, Kennedy hung out with the Rat Pack ... Here's Reagan's idea of a Rat Pack Kirk Cameron, Phyllis Diller, Lucy, and Webster."
"JFK was far from perfect, but he was a true wit and a sex machine and he knew how to wear a pair of shades. Reagan was an amiable square in a cowboy hat who had sex with a woman he called Mommy. Kennedy was James Bond. Reagan was Matlock. Love him or hate him, we win. Republicans can call Reagan "their Kennedy" all they want, but it's like calling Miller High Life the champagne of beers. It's why calling someone your Kennedy will never really cut it, because our Kennedy ... is Kennedy.
Reagan was witty, however. I recall an account of the time when Reagan was trying to revive the "thumbs up" gesture. He and staff had just stepped in and sat down in the presidential limo among a crowd of onlookers.
Reagan flashed the thumbs up through the car window. A young guy outside gave him a finger. Reagan turned to the person seated next to him and said,
"See. It's catching on".