Re his post of yesterday, "October Surprises," an email from Ricochet member--and old friend--Ray Siller:
One Ricochet member asked whether President Reagan ever saw Johnny's "Who's On First" sketch. The White House called the show the next day and asked for a copy.
Later Bush 41 told me RR played the tape on Air Force One to his guests. RR was a man confident to enjoy laughs even at his own expense. What a great president he was.
How does Ray know all this? During his many years as Johnny's head writer, Ray donated his services to Republican presidents. When speechwriters in the Reagan White House--and, later, both Bush White Houses--needed humorous material, we'd give Ray a call. Come to think of it, if you add up all the Alfalfa Club dinners, the remarks for the White House Correspondents dinners, and the quips and one-liners he sent to the White House over the years, Ray has produced more presidential material than most of us former speechwriters.
And now Ray's here at Ricochet.