Monday, June 4, 2007

Ha ha ha, we're all sick!

The "Washington Whispers" section of US News & World Report notes that hand-annotated copies of President Reagan's speeches have recently come on the market. Interestingly, the speeches reveal, apparently, that symptoms of his Alzheimer's started well before he left office. What does the column cite as evidence of the onset of Reagan's Alzheimer's? Observe:

The edits also reveal the beginnings of Reagan's Alzheimer's: misspellings, misplaced punctuation, and labored handwriting.
Well, goddam. If this is the criteria we're now using to diagnose Alzheimers, apparently every high school student in the country, a good half of my co-workers, and virtually everyone else I know has it.