“I think the myth is shattering in front of us,” Eugene Jarecki says of Ronald Reagan. Conservatives have tried for so long to “engineer Reagan into our drinking water,” he notes, but it’s an illusory Reagan, a Reagan who stands for whatever program those people want to pass, whatever agenda they’re promoting. The real Reagan was quite different from what we hear about—and this week we’re hearing a lot about Reagan, as it’s the 100th anniversary of his birth.
Eugene Jarecki joins Laura in studio to set the record straight. He’s the director of a new HBO documentary on Reagan, premiering Monday at 9 and available this week on that channel.