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John Lennon LOVED Reagan ... Says Ex-Assistant

6/30/2011 9:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Left-wing anti-war icon John Lennon turned his back on the liberal agenda before he died ... this according to his former assistant who says the "Beatles" singer wanted to vote for Ronald Reagan.

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John's ex-assistant Fred Seaman dropped the bombshell in a new documentary called "Beatles Stories" -- claiming, Lennon was "embarrassed" by his anti-war radicalism.

Seaman claims, "[Lennon] was a very different person back in 1979 and 80 than he'd been when he wrote 'Imagine.' By 1979 he, looked back on that guy and was embarrassed by that guy's naivete."

According to Seaman, "John, basically, made it very clear that if he were an American he would vote for Reagan because he was really sour on Jimmy Carter."

But Seaman's credibility isn't exactly untarnished -- back in 1983, the man pled guilty to stealing Lennon's photos and diaries ... and was sentenced to five years probation.


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dvsmemphis    

I'm sorry but I have a hard time believing that John Lennon was crazy about any president. Lennon was a man who had come through the anti-war movement and was now concentrating on raising a child. He had moved to the politics of the personal. Reagan was a complete joke.

1213 days ago
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Willard    

Be thankful that being a successful musician qualifies you to be a politician, that's only true for actors. willard

1213 days ago
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karen dapello    

I'm with Webbster - I CALL B$^^&*$$T!!! This is the guy who stole from his widow and he's been given a book deal?? I thought convicts couldn't make a profit off their crimes. And there's no way I believe Lennon abandoned his liberal lien at ANY time in his life. Sorry, no way.

1213 days ago
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Jim in Cali    

only a fool (or a Obama voter) would hate Ronald Reagan.

1213 days ago
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Rastus    

We'll never really know who's lying. In 1966, Lennon was asked how the Beatles came to get their haircuts. This was really getting old by that time and Lennon tiredly told the reporter, "We've told so many lies about it, we've forgotten." Everyone lies. If you say you've never told one, you're a liar.

1213 days ago
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Rastus    

Also, keep in mind that Lennon was trying to stay in the United States and get his green card. Nixon was afraid of Lennon and tried to use an old pot charge to kick him out. How would saying you hate an American politician gonna help your cause?

1213 days ago
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some guy    

Ughh just rinsed my mouth and black stuff came out. Dunno where it came from. Think it might've been just from the cigarettes. Think I need to get out of the house.

1213 days ago
68.

Criss    

Yeah, wait 30 years to say this. That really boosts your credibility!

1213 days ago
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jack-55d79    

Posthumous it very difficult to generalise. For instance Sammy Davis Junior was dis-invited by Kennedy as a performer in a fund raiser, because he was in a mixed race relationship which was tricky politically at the time, and endorsed Richard Nixon. Even met up with him. If indeed Lennon endorsed Reagan it could be because he thought the other guy was worse, rather than any radical shift in ideology, or it's more complicated than that and he just like Reagan. It will be interesting if Yoko Ono responds.

1213 days ago
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jack-55d79    

There are three letters missing from that. Making me sound like a caveman. Just look at it as a 0.6% reduction in verbiage and therefore slightly more efficient than the grammatically correct version.

1213 days ago
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lou    

Well, BARFFFFFFFFFFFF to that, if true. I'd revoke my lifelong membership to being an eternal John fan if he loved Ronald McReagan.

1213 days ago
72.

ecaz    

WHO CARES!!! Its done and over with why should it even matter. The man was great and did alot of great things. Give it a rest

1213 days ago
73.

Liz    

so, he did wise up before he died!!

1213 days ago
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Mork12    

Lennon was actually right wing much earlier, telling Paki's to "Get Back"...Clapton was right wing too

1213 days ago
75.

paigehop    

ROFLMFAO! You psycho liberals are beside yourselves on this and it's hysterical! John Lennon, the closeted CONSERVATIVE!!! OMG, this is too good to be true!

John Lennon apparently realized just how great a President Ronald Reagan really was. One of the greatest of all time.

Heck, even ROB LOWE has come to his senses. Look up a recent interview on FOXNEWS to hear all about it!, schmucks!

1213 days ago
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