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Nancy Reagan is Dead

Nancy Reagan was not just the wife of one of the greatest presidents in American history. She was Ronald Reagan’s soulmate, his protector, and often, his closest advisor. And in his twilight, as he declined due to the effects of Alzheimer’s, she was his caretaker, too.

Now, former First Lady Nancy Reagan is dead at the age of 94. She passed away on Sunday of congestive heart failure at her home in Los Angeles.

Ronald Reagan shared his innermost self with very few people. Mrs. Reagan had access to aspects of the president that no one else could fathom.

In her role as her “Ronnie’s” fiercest guardian, she was known particularly for her involvement in staff decisions, ever on the watch for people who might be putting their own interests first. She was reportedly deeply involved in the ouster of White House Chief of Staff Donald Regan in 1987 following the Iran-Contra crisis.

But Mrs. Reagan carved her own role in the Reagan presidency. Her “Just Say No” campaign against drug use became one of the great movements of the 1980s. In true conservative fashion, she sought to address a problem not through massive government intervention but by using her bully pulpit to effect cultural change.

The title of the cause, which became perhaps the decade’s most famous watchword, was chosen after she met with schoolchildren in Oakland, according to the Ronald Reagan Library. “A little girl raised her hand,” Nancy Reagan remembered, “and said, ’Mrs. Reagan, what do you do if somebody offers you drugs?’ And I said, ‘Well, you just say no.’ And there it was born. I think people thought we had an advertising agency over who dreamed that up — not true.”

The crusade took her to 65 cities in 33 states and 9 foreign countries. She made 110 appearances and 14 anti-drug speeches on behalf of the effort in 1984 alone.

Mrs. Reagan also was involved during her husband’s presidency in a program to create “foster grandparents” for needy children.

Nancy Reagan was born Anne Frances Robbins on July 6, 1921, in New York City. Her mother was an actress who eventually married a Chicago neurosurgeon, Loyal Davis, who adopted her. The then-Nancy Davis became an actress herself and met then-fellow actor Ronald Reagan in the late 1940s.

They were married March 4, 1952, in a small ceremony and had two children together. They remained together until the president’s death on June 5, 2004.

She will be buried next to her husband at the Reagan library in spot overlooking California’s  Simi Valley.

The Dissing of America: Our enemies and rivals show no respect

As President Obama was traversing Alaska last week sounding the alarm about the theoretical consequences of global warming, a more concrete threat loomed just off the coast, in the Bering Sea. Five Chinese naval ships suddenly materialized and were cruising about, symbols of China’s growing military might and its challenge to America’s naval hegemony in… Continue Reading

Labor Secretary Perez Goes After Ronald Reagan

Labor Secretary Tom Perez, one of the more ideological and also annoying members of the Obama administration, attacked Ronald Reagan for his prediction that Medicare would lead to socialized medicine and, indeed, socialism. Here’s some of what Reagan said. Now, I know everyone likes their Medicare. But Reagan had it absolutely right. With health insurers… Continue Reading

The Seriousness of Ronald Reagan

Fifty years ago today, Ronald Reagan staked his claim to leadership among conservatives with a speech meant to rescue Republican candidate Barry Goldwater. It didn’t rescue Goldwater. But it saved conservatism. And maybe the nation. Writing in the Washington Post, Steven Hayward, the Ronald Reagan distinguished visiting professor at Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy, notes that… Continue Reading

The Wit of Ronald Reagan

This ran on the CBS program Sunday Morning day before yesterday. The piece is ostensibly about how Reagan was methodical about his humor, but it’s really an excuse to air some of Reagan’s famous jokes and take a trip down memory lane. Funny how kind CBS is to Reagan. You’d have never seen something like… Continue Reading

Reagan? Who’s That Dude?

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Obama: Thatcher “One of the Great Champions of Freedom”

President Obama today hailed Margaret Thatcher, his ideological opposite, as “one of the great champions of freedom and liberty” who was a “true friend” of the United States. Obama sounded almost like a neoconservative in his gracious written tribute to Thatcher, who died today, writing that she “knew that with strength and resolve we could win… Continue Reading

Obama Allies Refuse to Recognize Ronald Reagan Day

Two of President Obama’s closest allies, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie, are among eight Democratic governors refusing to recognize today, February 6, as “Ronald Reagan Day” in their states, according to the Washington Examiner. Two other Democratic governors can’t make up their mind whether to issue a proclamation making Reagan’s 102nd… Continue Reading