Reagan's Statue Hides His Message

The new statue is too close to the wall for viewers to read the famous words on the back.

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

They are among Ronald Reagan's most inspirational words, spoken in 1992 at his last Republican National Convention appearance. "America's best days are yet to come. Our proudest moments are yet to be. Our most glorious achievements are just ahead." They were included on the pedestal of the new Reagan statue unveiled recently in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda. But there's a problem. The back panel, where the words are chiseled, is so close to the wall that they are hard to see. Alerted, Capitol officials assure us that it will be fixed when the bronze is permanently placed. "It was placed in the Rotunda for the unveiling ceremony, and traditionally, after statues are unveiled, they can remain in the Rotunda for up to six months," says a spokeswoman. "When its final location is determined, we'll try to place it so its inscriptions can be read from all sides."

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