New Ronald Reagan Statue at DC Airport

New Ronald Reagan Statue at DC Airport

In 1998, a reverential Republican Congress changed the name of DC’s National Airport to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. On Monday, a grateful nation’s corporate owners unleashed a sculptural tribute to our sainted 40th President there. The nine-foot erection is convenient to one of the airport’s Pet Relief Areas (dog owners: please do not confuse the two).

The Reagan statue, by a sculptor famous for making Reagan statues, was selected by the usual big money interests using their puppet foundation, not through the airport’s admirable public arts process. The result: rejection of our conceptual entry (pictured above), based on Mr. Reagan’s enduring wisdom: “You can tell a lot about a fellow’s character by the way he eats jelly beans.”


“Washington pays tribute to Reagan with, yes, another statue,” Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times

“Statement by Mrs. Ronald Reagan on the Unveiling of the Ronald Reagan Statue at Reagan National Airport” (press release)

Artist website:  Chas Fagan

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Image by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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