"This is the time for us as a nation and a people to stand united,' – Ronald Reagan, Republican candidate, after president Carter's botched mission to save US hostages.
"I unequivocally support the president of the United States — no ifs, ands or buts — and it certainly is not a time to try to go one-up politically. He made a difficult, courageous decision," – George H.W. Bush, a candidate at the same time.
And people tell me the GOP hasn't changed.