We’re Americans, Please Don’t Bother Us With Facts

A British diplomatic report from Ronald Reagan’s second year in office was released publicly today:

“The White House are certainly concerned that the president could acquire a national image as a bumbler which, like [former President] Ford’s image as a stumbler, could not be eradicated once firmly established in the public mind,” the UK embassy told London in March 1982, referring to persistent “mistakes of fact” made by Reagan.

Silly Brits. Americans don’t care about mistakes of fact. I wonder whatever gave them the idea that we do?