(CNN) – Former President Ronald Reagan's chief of staff, James Baker, delivered a message to the politicians of today, urging them to work together.
"Ronald Reagan was a master at reaching across the aisle for solutions to our nation's problems," Baker said Sunday on the 100th anniversary of the late president's birth. "We must re-learn that as citizens of a democracy, it is okay to voice our disagreements, but at the end of the day we have to come together to solve problems rather than cynically rely on them for partisan advantage."
Baker, who also served as treasury secretary under Reagan and later as secretary of state under former President George H.W. Bush, spoke at the Reagan Presidential Library's centennial celebrations in California. He said the so-called Reagan revolution didn't end with the passing of the Gipper, but instead lives on in his lessons of freedom, self-reliance and common sense.
"Today we again face stormy seas that are not dissimilar from those of 30 years ago. Once more the alarmists are sounding their apocalyptic cries," Baker said. "Well, 30 years ago, Ronald Reagan rejected predictions of America's decline. 'Not on my watch,' he responded. And we must likewise reject the gloomy forecast today."
President Barack Obama lauded the former president's ability to compromise and work with leaders of all political parties in an op-ed in USA Today honoring Reagan's presidency.
"Although he knew that conflicts between parties and political adversaries were inevitable, he also knew that they would never be strong enough to break the ties that bind us together," Obama wrote. "He understood that while we may see the world differently, and hold different opinions about what's best for our country, the fact remains that we are all patriots who put the welfare of our fellow citizens above all else."