Larry Speakes, White House spokesman under Ronald Reagan, dies
Former press secretary Mike McCurry (R) laughs with other former press secretaries Pierre Salinger ( L), Larry Speakes (2nd R) and Jerald teHorst (2nd L) prior to US President Bill Clinton dedicating the White House press briefing room to former press secretary James Brady 11 February 2000.
January 10th, 2014
08:46 PM ET
8 months ago

Larry Speakes, White House spokesman under Ronald Reagan, dies

(CNN) - Larry Speakes, who served as the acting White House press secretary under President Ronald Reagan, died Friday morning at his home in Cleveland, Mississippi, following a lengthy illness, the Bolivar County coroner said. He was 74, coroner Nate Brown said.

Speakes took over the duties as acting White House press secretary after James Brady, the press secretary, was shot during an assassination attempt on Reagan on March 30,1981.

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  1. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    This poor guy had to cover for Saint Ronnie's lies. The only Presidential Spokesman who had a bigger liar to answer to was Little Scotty McClellan!

    January 10, 2014 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  2. anonymous

    These guys were real professionals, unlike the paid amateur liars the Obama administration tortures us with on a daily basis.

    January 11, 2014 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  3. bill

    don't forget obama got the liar of the year jeffey.

    January 11, 2014 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  4. Malory Archer

    anonymous
    These guys were real professionals

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Professional liars and scammers.

    January 11, 2014 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain - If you want Congress to actually do something FOR the American people, vote OUT the Repub/tea bag majority

    @bill: "don't forget obama got the liar of the year jeffey."

    Lie of the Year stats:
    2012 = Mitt Romney (He claimed Jeep was moving its U.S. production to China)
    2011 = Democrats claim that repubs were ending Medicare
    2010 = Republicans claim that Obamacare is a "government takeover" of healthcare
    2009 = Palin claims (on Facebook, no less) that under Obamacare, people would have to "stand in front of Obama's death panel" which would decide whether people are "worthy" to live and be given medical treatment.

    BTW, Palin's lie was so outrageous that it prompted PolitiFact to start tracking the "Lie of the Year." She started the ball rolling, that of the 5 that have been chosen, 3 belong to repubs.

    January 11, 2014 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  6. ThinkAgain - If you want Congress to actually do something FOR the American people, vote OUT the Repub/tea bag majority

    @anonymous: "These guys were real professionals, unlike the paid amateur liars the Obama administration tortures us with on a daily basis."

    Spoken like a typical RWNJ: Knee-jerk comment slamming President Obama.

    BTW, you can't be an "amateur" and be "paid."

    January 11, 2014 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  7. jerrylax

    oh the days when we had a true American in the White House…a man who loved America. And yes a very distinguished team…RIP Mr Speaks…and thank you for your service.

    January 11, 2014 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  8. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    @jerrylax
    oh the days when we had a true American in the White House…a man who loved America. And yes a very distinguished team…RIP Mr Speaks…and thank you for your service.

    A true American? What is that supposed to mean? Come right out and say that you think President Obama is not an American you clown!

    January 11, 2014 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  9. Rusty Krus

    @bill
    don't forget obama got the lier of the year jeffey.

    But Billy, How can we take you seriously when you write like a third grader?

    January 11, 2014 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain - If you want Congress to actually do something FOR the American people, vote OUT the Repub/tea bag majority

    @jerrylax: "oh the days when we had a true American in the White House…a man who loved America."

    Every president has been a "true" American and loved our country; the problem has been all the repubs since Eisenhower, especially those who peddled the lie of trickle-down economics. Reagan at least had the good sense to raise taxes (11 times!) when he saw the deficits resulting from his failed economic policies. GW? Everything he's ever touched in his life (companies, sports teams, US economic/military/foreign policy) has turned to cow dung.

    January 12, 2014 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  11. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    They covered for figurehead Ronnie who couldn't keep the day of the week straight.

    January 12, 2014 08:09 am at 8:09 am |