"I thought President Reagan’s reference to the Soviet Union as an 'evil empire' was a sublime phrase. But he was attacked by many of the cognoscenti who like to think of themselves as intellectuals and academics, as well as by editorial writers, who labeled Reagan and his comment as puerile, says Former New York City Mayor Edward Koch in commentary for Bloomberg radio republished in NewsMax:
They did the same to President George W. Bush when he referred to Iran, Iraq and North Korea as the Axis of Evil. Bush was as correct in his phrasing as was Reagan.
I remember when Reagan’s intellectual capacity was questioned by the same crowd that now questions the mental ability of George W. Bush. They attack Bush with the same catcalls and brickbats they used on Reagan.
When he was mayor, Mr. Koch's catchphrase was "How'm I doing?" Well, Mr. Mayor, we'd say you're doing just fine.