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realize the fragility of our democracy. with the decorum i do not regret it. it was what i was feeling and it was four years of pent up anxiety about what wasn't transpiring right in front of her eyes for. >> this week hear from democrat of maryland and brian fitzpatrick of pennsylvania. january 5, views from the house sunday night at ten eastern on c-span, c-span.org are listed on the c-span radio app. this week's public affair virtual event would bring a conversation with the "washington post" national calmness karen tumulty who's joining us in conversation for brenda book the triumph of nancy reagan in addition to permit the post", karen tumulty's work at time magazine and the los angeles times as a recipient of many
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awards and politicalor reportin. asked four years ago by simon & schuster to write this biography the book is founding published tomorrow on april 13, 2021. review calls the zoo entrance which chronicles the private life of nancy reagan. the book draws on interviews with brake and cabinet, friends and family members. shares she became one of the most influential first ladies of the century. now invite you to enjoy a virtual program with karen tumulty joining conversation by reagan foundation institute board of trustees kathierd bush. ♪ ♪ >> good afternoon. i am so pleased to welcome you today for this very special sneak peek at a much anticipated biography on former first lady nancy reagan. the book, the triumph of nancy reagan written by veteran colonists karen tumulty will be officially released tomorrow. karen has graciously agreed to
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make the reagan library one of her first stops on the book tour. after devouring the book myself, i think readers will agree it is a well researched balance an insightful look at the light of on the 20th century's most fascinating and consequential figures. in the interest of full disclosure i thought i would mention i was privileged to work for thef reagans as a young woman. first in the white house and then in los angeles after the reagans left washington. there i was part of their small staff and their vibrant post- presidential life. ultimately serving as their spokesperson press secretary. it was an incredible adventure and one of the great gifts of my life. the journey over those six years open my eyes to the world, to the importance of decency, kindness, character and leadership. i also saw the private side
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drink on guarded moments witnessed first hand their boundless devotion to one another. i was not one of the sources for the books i read it with tremendous interest just like all of you will. i thought i knew just about all there was to know about nancy reagan and karen's book proved me wrong. karen spoke to hundreds of individuals over the course of fourur years, drawing on archives, letters, nancy's own memoirs. president reagan's diaries, white house records and much more. karen, welcome to the ronald reagan presidential library in this webinar series that has become so popular. especially during this year of difficult separation. i really wish we could've been together at the presidential library, overlooking the majestic mountains or perched in front of that colorful section of the berlinec wall. that section symbolizes freedom over communism that president reagan and vision.
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nancy reagan had diplomatic hand into. instead we are relying on technology today to take us back in time the daughter, the actress, the partner, the mother, first lady, and then caregiver. before we launch into the meat of the book and tackle so many topics can you share a bit of what inspires you to take this on? what did you go about it and how did you start the book about the sovietst union. >> first of all thank you so much for having me. i toorw look forward to when we can be sitting out there on that beautiful patio at the reagan library where i spent so many, so many wonderful hours. mostly defrosting from the frigidity of the research room at the library.
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new simon & schuster my publisher was my editor on the book facilitating it was one of my dearest friends was my editor at time magazine. so she came to me in early summer late fall just a few months after mrs. reagan died. and said we love to have biography of her. there was just something about this idea. driving around doing errands and listening to it on c-span radio while i was driving and thinking there are so many layers to this very complex woman. there was something about the projects that really struck me as interesting. especially since and my knowledge tends to run between
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one of two characters that is ait socialite or scheming power behind the throne. but really listening to some of the tributes to her at the funeral. also watching the last decade of the presidents life in her life beyond that she began to get the sense of the real depth of this relationship. and i originally thought was going to be a book about a woman and a marriage. it would be a love story. as i got deeper and deeper into the research i realized it so much more. it's really a whole new perspective on reagan's presidency, on his political vibes, and ultimately a new ctperspective on an entire era
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of our history. why did i come in with the story that george scholz told me about the soviet union? i was really looking for something that would signal to the reader this was not your typical first lady biography the story george scholz told me about nancy reagan summoning supposedly impromptu to the white house in the middle of a blizzard to have dinner, just the four of them, two couples observes the white house. it sounded like a social invitation. george scholz was pretty new and is standing on been n secretary of state for seven months.e so he did not really know the reagans all that well. he had just gotten back from a long trip overseas that included a stop in china. as the dinner progresses the reagans, both of them start peppering him with questions
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about the chinese leaders, do they have a bottom line? too they have a sense of humor? what makes them tick? beyond that they start talking about the soviet a union. and away from the hardliners and the typical national security council meetings, begins to realize something about ronald reagan. which is that this man has never had a conversation with theh big time communist leader. he is dying to have one. he hasll really thought about this lot. he is very confident in his own abilities as a negotiator. but then scholz realizes something else. this dinner invitation was not an invitation for it really nancy reagan had wanted to get him alone with the president so that he could begin to understand something about her
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husband. that really had the potential to change history. he also realizes something else in that moment. found incredibly valuable ally in this first lady who is the only person in this world that seem to me sort of a perfect opening into a book about her role her very unique role as first lady. she was somebody who did not set foot in the west wing all that often. but everybody there knew when she was displeased about something. people who were not in their favorite tended not to last very long and the reagan white house. she saw herself as they are to watch her husband he was
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someone who really did not have much of an appetite or interpersonal conflict. these battles. that really she had a sharper sense of people as james baker who was chief of the staff the trick and trent she had incredible radar. hers is better than her husband's. : : cinating, there is so much : beginning, you took an incredibly deep dive into nancy davis' childhood and her larger mother who was absent during critical years, her father who had no role in her life
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tell us about the young man -- the young nancy davis. >> she was a product of about match between an ambitious actress and car salesman would shortly after her birth gotha separate ways. thereshortly after s that she leaves a little baby, and francis t robin in the care of a relative. for the next six years of her life she yearned for this absent mother and as her son, ron told me, as other people pointed out to me, it's sort of cast a shadow on her spirit, and insecurity that never really leaves her. it's one of the reasons she was so complex. she believed the matter how
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successful they were there was always sort of a trapdoor in life, any minute the bottom could follow and certainly that's underscored two months after the get to the white house where she almost loses her husband to an assassin's bullet but it wasn't somebody who shared about herself, she was not one, her own children didn't really know all that much about her childhood or relieve the insecurity about the instability, the lingering effects, the scar tissue it left her with she also, someone suggested her mentor abandoned her that i did find, if you don't mind, i tell one speech she gave in 1986, the famous orphanage founded by father
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flanigan, they were honoring her to that day for her drug advocacy but she said to the 400 children who come from foster care, broken homes, she c said something really remarkable in the speech it was a moment of vulnerability and openness and candor that really struck me. what she says is the reason i'm here today is not because of the award but because of you, there is a time when i didn't quite know where i belong to either. i wished for more than anything else in the world was a normal family. you know what happens when you hurt inside? usually start closing your heart to people because that's how you got hurt in the first place. you open your heart. another thing that happened is you stop trusting people because somewhere along the way they probably didn't live up to your
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trust and there is another thing that happens when you've been current. detective think you are not worth much, how can i be worth anything if someone for treatment in this terrible way so i understand why you feel beaten-down. when you look at that in the instability of ronald reagan's childhood, son of an alcoholic who took the family from one uncertain situation into another, he realized what is the basis for this incredible love story, bond between the reagan's and that in each other they finally found the security, the validation and the love that the two of them had craved so while this alsove explains insecuritis of nancy reagan, the complexity
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of nancy reagan, i think it also explains her fearlessness how she wasar fearless when she detected anything that could possibly jeopardize the happiness and wholeness she and ronald reagan finally realized in each other. >> that leads perfectly into my next question, we've all read and heard so much how the reagan's met and the evolution of their love story and as you revealed in the book, ronald reagan was not in a great place in his life or career when they met. your book suggested he was broken inside in his heart was in a deep freeze, you say but she was loving and patient and as ronnie would later write, nancy moved into my heart and replace an emptiness i've been trying to ignore for a very long
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time. share a little bit about those early years of their courtship in the path of their marriage and the beautiful eloquent love letters he sent to her over their lifetime together, all of which she saved. tell us more. >> in the fall of 1949, they have a supposedly blind date. now i've found evidence that nancy davis, young actress newly arrived on the lot had been sort of trying to make their paths crossed long before that but certainly she opens the door of her apartment that night, thursday simply no way either she or ronald reagan would have begun to imagine the future that later had for the two of them. he was an actor whose career was really starting to scrape bottom, his first wife to his shock and dismay had essentially
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gotten bored with him and walked out. her stardom was on the rise and he in some ways, was still carrying a torch for jane whiteman he did have scars of his own childhood and he was quite literally a broken man as he stood there on two crutches on nancy davis' doorstep. thigh bone had been broken in a half-dozen places in a charity baseball game and he spent the last couple of months in traction and he was, he would later say if nancy davis hadn't come along when she did, i would have lost my soul but he's not somebody who's ready to settle down or to even open his heart and i think because of her incredible radar, she senses she's going to have to wait this
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guy out and at one time his mother even tells her that. she said to nancy who she likes a lot better than she ever liked jane, she said i can see you are in love with him but he's not in love with you yet. you're going to have to wait and you will know when he loves you but you are going to have to wait and she does. patiently, gently, it takes several years for him to come around and finally commit himself. >> i found the early years of the reagan marriage fascinating as well. you talk about is you referenced, fewer interesting movie roles, the arrival of children, bustling home life, ronald reagan begins traveling the country on behalf of general electric speaking to audiences all over america honing his message, his style, listening to issues that matter to working americans.
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it all led to the realization ronald reagan connected in a very real and intimate way with people and spent it all took off. campaigns, sacramento, more campaigns and then the white house. tell us about those busy formative years that really prepared the reagan's for their life as public figures and of course, nancy's role in all of it. >> they really are scraping bottom professionally, financially and at one time reagan agrees to probably what was the most humiliating professional endeavor of his life and becomes the mc of a floor show in las vegas but shortly after that, this new opportunity to go into television as a host of general electric theater comes along. mind you, this is something a few years before that ronald reagan wouldn't have even considered. he writes in one of his book why would anybody pay to see
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somebody in a theater if they could leave them at home for free on television h x it is a sign of sort of how desperate they are and the show takes off. it's also part of the deal, he travels the country, speaking to tens of thousands of general electric employees doing promotional things for the company and that really is where he discovers his own gift as a politician. the people he was meeting in the late 1950s are the same people who would later become the reagan democrat but this puts an incredible stress on his wife, he's home with two small children whose dealing with two stepchildren from the earlier marriage and sort of in the course of that that these letters, these incredibly passionate letters become so
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important and if you don't mind, i would love, some of these letters -- they are hot the mark please do. >> this is when he writes her in 1963, by this time m they been married for over a decade and he writes her, do you know that when you sleep you curl your fists up under your chin and many mornings when it's barely don, i either looking at you until finally i have to touch you ever so lightly. you won't wake up but touch you i must or i will burst. probably this letter will reach you only a r few hours before i arrive myself but not really because right now as i try to say what's in my heart, i think my thoughts must be reaching for you without waiting for paper and ink and stamps and such. if i ache it's because we are
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apart and yet, that can't be because you are inside in a part of me so we really aren't apart at all yet i ache because i wouldn't be without the ache because that would mean being without you and that can't be because i love you. anyway, there are dozens and dozens and dozens of these incredibly passionate letters, there are telegrams and she saves every one of them in a shopping bag in her closet. ronald reagan in many ways, as eloquent as he was as a speaker, on paper i found he's even more so. >> there were enough of these beautiful letters for them to be compiled into a book, wasn't there? >> that's right. it was lovely to go through them in the library because some of them kind of funny and he's doing these kind of rock references to some of the characters in hollywood, they
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are absolutely wonderful but they do speak to the devotion of the reagan's to each other. they also speak a little bit to the stress that's going on at home because he also keeps promisingps her heart is these long separations are on them that it won't last forever and at one time he writes i wish we could just go up to the farm, the ranch hee had them and just put barbed wire behind, around the whole thing and neither of us would ever leave without the other. >> even though the reagan's had been in public life for many years without -- nothing prepared them for washington life and the media scrutiny that followed. you spent a lot of time in the book on nancyok reagan's relationship with the press, the ups and downs of her approval ratings and her frustrations about being misunderstood.
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as you alluded tod, earlier, he write the portrait of a shallow socialite drawn by her criticscs early in her husband's presidency would be replaced by one of a calculating power behind the throne imposing her will on matters of state both foreign and m domestic. you concluded at one time that american never quite figure out what to make of her she really was in kind of a public relations tug-of-war, wasn't she? >> yes and i find one of the conundrums to me is how this woman who was so incredibly shrewd and incredibly sensitive about protecting her husband's image, and she almost always was dead on the mark about his image, becomes so clueless about her own. she puts a lot of her problems on herself. not a great idea in the middle
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of the worst recession in great depression for her to be going out and spending a lot of donated money but nonetheless, redecorating the white house are spending $1000 on a place setting and china which they announced on the very day the reagan administration announces that they are going to start classifying catchup as a vegetable for school lunch menus which by the way, they withdrew. you see again, it takes her a while to i understand number on, how she brings this upon herself but number two, this is a problem she better fix because at some time she's going to become -- she will become a threat to her husband's success but i think it's also very important, and i try many times as i could to sort of set her against the context of her time. she is a proudly traditional
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wife out of the public image if you see how shrewd she is, understanding her own power, or public image was perhaps, she was not as traditional as you might think but this is set against the backdrop in sacramento turbulence of the 1960s and 1970s, there is this burgeoning feminist movement and nancy reagan comes to represent for a lot of these women everything it is that they are rebelling against and i was struck by how in some cases, some of the harshest stuff written about her was by other younger women, who again, she was the midcentury housewife they were trying to shape yet because theting chapter in many ways is the
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heart of the book. nancy reagan runs the rescue effort out of the white house as her husband's presidency is potentially going to be overturned by this scandal. she engineers a shakeup of the white house staff and begins with the firing off the chief of staff, don regan and she convinces her husband, her very stubborn husband that he's going to have to admit to the country and admit to himself he traded forms for hostages and as -- this is where the shift is. all of a sudden she's getting applauded by a lot of her feminist critics and suddenly ms. the conservative guys were like wait, this isn't the nancy
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reagan we thought we were signing up for, this is edith wilson running the country. neither of those things were true but first and foremost, she saw herself as the protector of her husband physical well-being. very close to that was keeping an eye on the people around him and she had a very sharp sense of who was serving the president and who was really in it for himself. who was actually helping the president and who was promoting agendas that ronald reagan might not have shared. >> one of the defining moments of the reagan presidency and yes, the reagan's lies occurred march 30, 1981 when a deranged gunman nearly took the life of president reagan as he was leaving an event at a washington
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hotel. it's hard to believe but it's been 40 years since that day. that crisis changed everything especially for nancy. nothing can ever happen to my ronnie, my life would be over. while the world didn't know at the time how close he really came to death, ronald reagan was believed there was suddenly a higher purpose to his life. going forward, he would be dedicated to that. nancy, on the other hand, was haunted by the horror of all of it plagued with something like that happen again. tell us about that moment, how she learned the news and how she had to carry that with her "afterwards". >> in that chapter, i really did try to take the reader minute by minute by minute of what that day was like for her. the head of her circuit service
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hears over the command center under the oval office that there has been a shooting, at that time they were told to hide -- the president's code name, he's fine has been hit he knows he's got to get the news from him, she doesn't want to hurt you hear any other way t to he spris up to the residence, doesn't even wait for the elevator and he gets there and is soonest there's been a shooting, she starts heading for the elevator and says i've got to get to them is at the hospital and she's going wait, if he's not hurt from a price yet the hospital i don't know, maybe he's trying to check on theta wounded or something but please stay here, we don't know what's going on and she doesn't listen.
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she said i will heart walk to the hospital if i don't have to. they bring a car and by the time she gets there, they lead them outside and informedee her that the president has been shot and she goes in and sees her husband lying naked under a sheet with a bunch of doctors around him she's the daughter of a neurosurgery and immediately knows how serious it is. her husband normally is ready, he's trying to, he pulls his mask off and says i forgot to duck. he's trying to calmer down and she immediately understands what happened and for the rest of her life she's never sure whenever he steps outside the white house steps outside the homeho that there isn't some other treachery
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waiting for him and i think it is really important to understand what that left her with. she didn't have the same kind of grounding and religious faith the president diddi so when you come later to what's the most sensational and controversial chapter of her time as first lady when it's revealed she's been rely on an astrologer, a woman she barely met in person to help determine the president schedule, it doesn't make sense but you can understand aak woman whose desperate, she is just grasping onto anything she can find to give herself some feeling of control and by the way, she becomes a veryg good friend of the secret service from there onom out because
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there's always in every white house, a lot of tension between secret service and political people because of political people always want the president to be out there touching people, making people connect with their president and of course the secret service if they have their way, they would put him in saran wrap and never let anybody near him that i was told the secret service agent i spoke to that whenever we were concerned about something, all we had to do was go to missus reagan it would get our way. >> as first ladies throughout history, nancy reagan shows were to embrace while in the white house. for her, it was the anti- drug work. she no she had a platform as first lady and this issue over time became central to her life. she knew the simple phrase, just say no wasn't the solution for
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the problem, it was easy for people to remember and it caught on but the issue was complicated and she was often filled with doubt she could tackle such a thorny issue. tell us what you learnedle about the efforts, perceptiveness of the country to her message and how she in the end, reflected by saying those years provided me with the most fulfilling years of my life. >> the slogan just say no was a double edged forth, it was memorable, catchy thought on the other hand it sounded simplistic people would even mark it but if you just look at the hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of the appearances she made while first lady and getting the message out in every way she could going on television, you cannot doubt her own devotion which i think goes back to the 60s when she was in california see what drugs
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have done to the families, a lot of her friends. i think people are going to argue for a long time to just how effective that really was but i looked at evidence and there is a project called monitoring the future which is the longest long-term tracking of young people attitude toward drugs you really do see a change in the late 1970s most young people, and she was aiming this at really some kids, most of them were thinking well, drugs not a big deal. if you follow the data, it really changes in the 80s and then it starts to shift back a little bit more once nancy reagan is off the scene so i
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think there is evidence that it was effective and joe who was hhs secretary under jimmy carter who runs the project at columbia university who looks at drug use and i interviewed him, he agrees with me as well that he would put nancy reagan on his work but she also would do things that caused no small amount of heartburn within her husband's administration. one of the things she does hear the end of his presidency and george schultz told me about this, she gives the speech at the united nations were at that time the reagan administration was trying to crack down on people overseas, supplying drugs toru this country. nancy reagan it's up there against the wishes of many in
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the drug bureaucracy of her own husband's administration and says wait a minute, that is only part of it. if weof are going to track downn the casino and his cocoa field in south america, we are going to have to look at the investment banker to go down on his lunch hour score a little cocaine. the demand side also has to be dealt with. schultz told me "afterwards" a lot of people from other countries came up and thanked her for delivering a message some people even in her own husband's administration didn't want toer hear that part of the here is the demand and also not just a law enforcement issue we do need to change social attitude toward drug use. >> you've mentioned of it when you talk about george schultz i
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would love to go back to the cold war for one more minute before we move on. of all of the things nancy wanted to see her husband achieve president ending the cold war stood above all the others and you write improving u.s. soviet relations became nancy's special cause. ronald reagan despised everything about communism and he was poised to do business with a new kind of leader. he spoke about the role of george schultz but could you touch on how), ronald reagan and kyle were the reitman for the moment, nancy reagan really worked behind the scenes to pave the way. >> first of t all, i don't think tracking strategic on her part that she felt so deeply about number ofe were a things.
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one is she wanted her husband to go down in history as a great president, a peace maker. she really believed that this was his role. it also may political sense that even people who liked ronald reagan were afraid perhaps she was a little too close on the trigger which she understood something that many people didn't about ronald reagan which is not a long with his harsh cold war anti-communist rhetoric that there was real idealism that he was a believer in the biblical prophecy of armageddon, he was enough of an idealist to envision ais world without nuclr weapons and that was something she understood about him that not a lot of people did at that
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time and again, this is truly a marriage so the two of them would have arguments where she would get it toned down as rhetoric and she was especially disturbed when he referred to the soviet union as a v-belt empire and i have a pretty hilarious scene of the two of them arguing about it over dinner one night but she does understand with gorbachev he potentially has a partner who could work with him on this and she is relentless pushing for this and by the way, the reservation for a lot of the hardliners in her husband's own administration, one of the world history i read, she was a lot
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morere willing to trust that a t of us were because she had a lot of faith in her husband's abilities as a negotiator. >> after president reagan wrote his letter to the american people revealing his diagnosis with alzheimer's, you talk about nancy embarking on the final chapter of their love story you write even her harshest critics would acknowledge the grace and determination she would show when her devotion was put to its greatest test. seeing nancy's strength, the nation would gain new appreciation of her character, never again would anyone doubt the adoring gaze she fixed on her ronnie for all those years was anything but genuine. she would become one of the most admired women in the country. i think a lot of us watched the way she cared for him as sort of the ultimate expression of their marriage thousand devotion and i
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remember how protective she was of him in those final years. share a little bit more about that chapter and how difficult it was forif her. >> it is the cruelest disease you could imagine. both of them had assumed, he leaves office closing and on 80 so he's the only president, living president to complete two terms in office and leave office with high approval ratings. it does look like their golden years are going to be warm and wonderful and reminiscing out all the things they've done together and then shortly after, he becomes incapacitated or begins to become incapacitated. at first she's in a little bit
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of denial, she doesn't realize he's going down a long road that she's not going to be able to follow him on. ultimately she comes to accept it and it becomes, his physical caretaker, the caretaker of his dignity, she becomes very concerned because she has had breast cancer, she becomes very concerned about finances because she's afraid that he's going to outlive her and she wants to make absolutelynd sure that the resources were there for him to be taken care of and is dignity maintains in the way it must be but what's also interesting in this is why this library become so important to her, she also becomes the caretaker of his legacy. other presidents survive decades
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after they are out of office. they had a chance to begin to write for themselves history is going to think of them. ronald reagan is denied that so becomes nancy reagan's job to makecy sure what history sees of him is true to him, true to his value so the library becomes extremely important to her in doing that. she wants to make i sure it has the resources it needs. she also finds other ways to make sure history remember us ronald reagan in a way true to ronald reagan. she is suspicious of all the reagan wannabes who want to
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co-opt him and he was name and image for their own agendas and she does something that i found fascinating which is while on the one hand, the conservatives ronald reagan becomes this icon and not only in ways that make her comfortable, she resists when they want to not knock fdr off and put fdr on it but she noted there is still this perceptionis among liberals and his opponent said that he was just an actor, he was reading lines that other people wrote for him she decides the truest record is to put up there thought and values, his beliefs and his own handwriting so you
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see her decide to publish his diaries, something very few presidents have ever done was keep real-time diaries so people can see in his own hand what he was thinking all these crucial junctures. she publishes his letters in a runtime all of the speeches he was writing as he was getting ready to run for president, you can see in ronald reagan's own hand but these were his thoughts and values and they were very true to him. again i think this library is not just, she didn't want it to be a monument just to the past, she wanted it to go to the future which is why you see it's become our site for so many
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important events where george w. bush comes to layout his vision of foreign policy, i can't even count how many republican presidential debates have been held at the library and the kinds of programs it still puts on, even the frustrating, this epidemic going on, it is a life. it's a living institution. >> thank you for saying that. both patty and ron spoke so eloquently at nancy's funeral in 2016 and i hope you will indulge me for a moment if i read some of their words that were so poignant and then i'll invite you to add to that, karen.
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>> my parents were to have of a circle, closed tight around the world in which their love for the children is the only sustenance they needed. while they might venture out and include others in their orbit, never truly crossed the boundary into the space they held as theirs. >> then ron spoke and followed. >> if my mother had one great talent, i think it was that she knew how to love she left one man more than the world's. they watched the sun drop over the hills in the west toward the sea as night falls, they would look out across the valley, my father would say the lights below are her juul's. the moon and stars return overhead and here they'll stay as they always wished it to be. resting in each other's t arms, only each other'sth arms until e end ofrm time. >> i don't think it could be said any better but karen if there are any final words you'd like to leave with us today
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about nancy david ragan, her legacy, her love for f her husbd and her fascinating life, please do. >> i was really encouraged to read the book and come to the way i came to it when i was researching it and writing it which is to set aside what you think you know about and francis robbins, later nancy davis and later nancy reagan, hers is a complicated often very painful story but i think that ronald reagan chose well and his partner for life and i do think the country owes him a debt for that. >> what you say about someone who gives your life meaning? what you say about someone who's always there with support and
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understanding? someone who makes sacrifices so your life will be easier and morere successful? what you say is that you love that person and treasure her. [applause] [applause] i simply can't imagine the last eight years without nancy. the presidency wouldn't have been the joy it's been for me without her there beside me and that second floor living quarters in the whiteoo house wh have seen a big and balmy spot without her waiting for me everyday at the end of the day. she once said that a president has all kinds of advisors and experts who look after his interests when it comes to foreignte policy or the economyr whatever but no one who looks
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after his needs as a human being. nancy has done that for me through recuperation's and crises, every president should be so lucky. [applause] i think it's all too common in marriage no matter how much partners love each other, they don't think each other enough and i suppose i don't think nancy enough for all she does for me so nancy, and sons of all your friends here today let me say thank you forfo all you do, thank you for your love and thank you for just being you. [cheering and applauding]
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