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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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76.

Mork12    

Look Lennon went through a rough time in the 70's, he had kid's was separated from yoko for a period, was an awful drunk, once he sobered up and had time to reflect, he saw the folly of the tune in drop out BS that he was part of...this by no means is a journey only Lennon made, It happens to a lot of people. You can't be Peter Pan all your life.

1148 days ago
77.

Whatever    

anony6: A LOT of Americans voted for Reagan because they were sour on Carter.
It was a vote AGAINST Carter, not FOR Reagan.
And then they regretted it forever.

Really? They why did Reagan have a larger margin vs Mondale. I guess you never heard of Reagan Democrats. I guess you don't realize Reagan econimics is the reason the 90's were great. The the "car was drove in the ditch" by Clinton.

Blame Bush all you want the economy got worse as soon as Obama got in control, and it won't improve until there as Conservative in.

You don't know econmics, politics or history. STFU libertard.

1148 days ago
78.

Superman    

If he was still an atheist by "1979 and 80", then he was still naive.

1148 days ago
79.

Politico Pablo    

Nostalgia works both ways, the bad over shadows the good. In Reagan's case, we only remember the good.
Carter didn't listen to his advisors who recommended evacuating all personnel from our U.S. Embassy when the Shah fell. And it was a decision he would regret. Carter's problem was he didn't listen.

1148 days ago
80.

Steven Roseta    

John Lennon mentioned Reagan during his December 8, 1980 interview. My impression is that he was apolitical and didn't favor one party (or ideology) over the other. Here is the quote "So Reagan's going to go in there, all the so called rightists are going to wait for him to do what they want and when he doesn't because its impossible, because the presidency is such a vast, awe inspiring position for any man to be in and it means a lot more than some local right-left group, that he cannot possibly fulfill the dreams of the right wing, the same way that as Carter or Kennedy could never fulfill the dreams of the left wing. It is too much invested in one man, one group and I don't believe in that." - Steve Roseta http://www.justlikestartingover.com

1148 days ago
81.

MJ    

Knowing John like I did, I can confirm there is no way he would have ever supported Reagan. He was the worst President this country has ever had and as has been proven at this time, the start of the financial disaster of this country. Reagan was the exact opposite of everything John stood for, and that all Democrats stand for. Republicans only represent rich, white men. They start wars and get us into recessions, as they have proven over the last 50 yrs. It pains me to no end for anyone to equate a man of peace and equality with someone like Reagan.

1148 days ago
82.

Carl    

Sounds like a load of garbage. I could imagine he like a lot of liberals were unhappy with Carter at the time. That doesn't mean he abandoned his beliefs, he just realized the guy in charge wasn't doing a good job. If the right could have come to that conclusion about Bush in 2004 it would have saved us a lot of problems.

1148 days ago
83.

ChrisontheCoast    

I'd like to debunk the "matured as he got older" thing that Republicans are spreading here. First off, the modern GOP has hemmoraged former intellectuals (like Kevin Phillips) because instead of being the supposed "adults" of the Nixon years they called themselves, they've turned into a bunch of weird, emotional basketcase authoritarians stumbling from one dumb conspiracy to the next and all that unites the "three legged stool" i*****red and negativity toward the "other". Oh and the "if you're conservative when you are 20 then you have no heart and if you're liberal when you are 40 you have no brain" is a quote from Winston Churchill who's political views and leanings would not win him many friends in this uptight, rigid and neanderthal modern conservative movement. Consider that Francis Fukiyama is no longer conservative but **** Morris has always been a Republican...think about that a moment. John Dean was Republican enough to work for Nixon and his co-author (proposed) until he died on the book "Conservatives with Conscience" was none other than Barry Goldwater. Social studies (conducted long term by reputable doctors) have shown that political conservatives have been tending toward authoritarianism and theocracy. In fact, at first the evidence was apolitical but since empirical studies showed this and further studies proved it...there you have your modern ******gers. The northeast during Churchill's quote was solidly Republican, now they are anchored in the South. The persons responsible were Nixon in 1972 (when the religious gap was created) but Reagan (oddly given his lack of religion but heavy nationalism and willingness to utilize the Southern strategy) and Dubya were the two most responsible for turning a center-right party into the party of nutjobs, selfish wealth inheritors (the implications of which are funny), religious psychos and zealots (American Taliban), racially insensitive tending antogonistic white people all mixed together in the first religious party of the US. I don't think Churchill or even Reagan would recognize this modern GOP...so if you're going to be smug, remember what you are now, wingnuts.

1148 days ago
84.

Jim    

Both must have loved this song...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jb72JA2Saus

1148 days ago
85.

ChrisontheCoast    

Oh, I realized that I got one part of my comment incorrect...so unlike when Michelle Bachmann or Palin get caught mis-quoting or commenting...I won't go onto wikipedia to try and change history. John Dean's book (which I own) is entitled "Conservatives Without Conscience" which then-retired Barry Goldwater was aiding him with. It's a Bush-era book, but since this GOP is so very, very Bushie it's an excellent read and still quite prescient. Also, rather than taking the time to read the hundreds of pages of studies into authoritarianism, he offers portions of the research.

But one more thing...this entire quote is fishy because he offers nothing to back up this assertion which, an assertion of this gravity would require. Second, if ANYONE would know, Yoko Ono hasn't been contacted to corroborate. So, personally until either concrete piece of spadework is done...I'll buy this like I buy the "MLK was a Republican" blather on the right, considering the good reverand was on record as a socialist of European type (he wanted a middleground between capitalism and socialism and yes, it's written by HIM). It's just more nonsense by wingnuts to try and make it seem like they aren't as crazy or as Newell (come back to wonkette you ginger!) points out...monsters. It's trite, fictitious and until I see absolute proof...definite BS.

1148 days ago
86.

Brandt    

Reagan has a legacy so distorted by the Conservative idolization of him that we may never have a clear picture of the real man behind the television. Did he rid the world of commie s***? Check out my portrait of The Gipper in commemoration of his 100th birthday at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/02/happy-100th-gipper.html

1148 days ago
87.

Kiko    

And conversely, before Reagan died he thought John Lennon was a giant bunny covered in cheese.

1148 days ago
88.

Jed Clampet    

Some things are better left dead and just because Mr. Lennon liked some conservative ideas does not mean that he is any one thing. Mr. Lennon uses his mind.

I think this is pretty amazing how much the Legend is being talked about. However, I really think John Lennon the Legend would have liked Ada, Legend of a Healer http://www.adaslegend.com it is the story o*****irl who has the power to heal and the philosophical and ethical problems that would arise from having this ability.

1148 days ago
89.

KDUBBLL    

It's funny how politics from 31 years ago can serve to divide us even today...I guess nothing CHANGES in the ruse that is Political Science and their arm aka MainStream Media, "It's Bush's fault" , "Its Obama's fault" , "It's Clinton's fault" , "It's Palin's fault"....It's Globalism America and it's anti Humanity(satanic).

1148 days ago
90.

Mork12    

Eric Clapton let his true feelings be known just one night, It almost resulted in career suicide, yet he never apologized.
It 's funny how liberals think they are the rebels, when reality is, the real rebels of this day and age are those that sacrifice everything to be there and provide for their families, the real rebel feels deep pain, humiliation and shame if he falters or fails in that respect...Clapton and Lennon have felt that pain. Even if Lennon did feel so about Reagan and his own conservative leanings, he'd never dare say so, for that would be career suicide, and would require him to be a real rebel....

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