Nancy Reagan Dies at Age 94

Former First Lady Nancy Reagan has died at age 94 of congestive heart failure.

No personal attacks on her in comments please. We don't speak ill of the dead here on the occasion of their death.

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    Nancy was great (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by Mr Natural on Sun Mar 06, 2016 at 11:40:20 AM EST
    The spin so far (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Mar 06, 2016 at 11:44:36 AM EST
    Is that she was Reagans brain.

    ... who are left of center perceived Nancy and Ronald Reagan as possessing, it should nevertheless be noted that together they bore and raised two fiercely independent children to be persons of integrity, compassion and good heart. My sincere condolences to Patti Davis and Ron Reagan on the occasion of their beloved mother's passing.

    Her tireless work on behalf of (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by caseyOR on Sun Mar 06, 2016 at 04:23:35 PM EST
    Alzheimer's treatment and care and search for a cure was admirable. She paved the way for today's openness about the disease and our advances in care and treatment.

    For that I thank her.

    I hope St. Peter... (5.00 / 1) (#19)
    by kdog on Mon Mar 07, 2016 at 10:37:06 AM EST
    never got down with "Just Say No", for the sake of the departed.

    I like (none / 0) (#4)
    by Ga6thDem on Sun Mar 06, 2016 at 12:56:05 PM EST
    what Ruffian said on the other thread. Who can blame her?

    When her husband's administration ... (none / 0) (#9)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sun Mar 06, 2016 at 02:21:14 PM EST
    ... was buffeted by the Iran-Contra affair and many of his senior advisors were floundering in deep denial about the scandal's serious implications, Nancy Reagan alone saw the need for the president to take personal responsibility for what had happened on his watch, and prevailed upon him to first dismiss White House Chief of Staff Donald Regan, and then publicly admit his mistakes in an address to the nation. Her advice has since been credited by many analysts and historians as probably saving his presidency.

    And further contrary to what many of her husband's Cold War-obsessed advisors were urging at the time, Nancy cautioned Ronald Reagan to ratchet down the increasingly hyperbolic anti-Soviet rhetoric that was then emanating from his administration, and convinced him to meet with the Soviet Union's new leader Mikhail Gorbachev in Reykjavik, Iceland in an effort to find common ground. Although that first meeting was initially perceived as a failure, in fact the work done there led directly to the subsequent Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty between the United States and the USSR.

    While she was herself politically conservative, Nancy Reagan was no hardcore ideologue, and she ultimately proved to be very much a moderating and tempering influence on the hard edges of her husband's administration. Ron Reagan noted that his mother was a rather astute judge of personal character who was fiercely protective of his father, and that she was not at all shy about pressing him to get rid of certain people whenever she felt they weren't serving him well or were causing harm.

    As a result, many of those far-right ideologues in the early days of Ronald Reagan's presidency who courted the First Lady's distrust and even welcomed her displeasure, also tended to underestimate the considerable amount of influence she wielded in White House personnel matters, and were likely to find themselves unemployed. In addition to the aforementioned Donald Regan, the number of heads in her trophy room grew to include Secretary of State Al Haig, Interior Secretary James Watt, Labor Secretary Raymond Donovan and Health & Human Services Secretary Margaret Heckler.



    Your hagiography neglected to mention (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by Mr Natural on Sun Mar 06, 2016 at 03:43:00 PM EST
    the White House Astrologer, the also dearly departed Joan Quigley.

    And the 2 UFO sightings (none / 0) (#13)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Mar 06, 2016 at 04:50:06 PM EST
    I gather Madame Sec (none / 0) (#14)
    by TrevorBolder on Sun Mar 06, 2016 at 05:12:37 PM EST
    Will soon be giving us her thoughts on UFO's

    Democrat operative John Podesta is so obsessed with what the government knows about aliens and UFOs, he has actually asked reporters to question his candidate on the fringe subject.

    The shocking revelation comes from an interview the chairman of Hillary Clinton's campaign gave to CBS 8, which aired Wednesday night.


    Would you like to bet me (5.00 / 1) (#15)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Mar 06, 2016 at 05:28:00 PM EST
    That Hillary never had a close encounter?

    The Reagan's had 2.


    It was Donald Regan who ... (none / 0) (#16)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon Mar 07, 2016 at 03:17:47 AM EST
    ... first publicly revealed in his 1988 memoir "For the Record" Nancy Reagan's affinity for consulting not only Joan Quigley but also Sydney Omarr. Further, he likely did so as belated payback for being summarily dismissed by her husband at her urging. No small wonder here as to why he never talked to either one of them again.

    Personally, I've always considered Mrs. Reagan's penchant for astrology and horoscopes an irrelevant bit of mean-spirited trivia that's often raised by those people wishing to snipe at her, for whatever their reasons. So, as to my reason for not mentioning it, I declined to do so in keeping with Jeralyn's specific admonition that we not speak ill of the dead on the occasion of their passing -- at least, not in her blog anyway.

    It's too bad that you didn't see fit to do the same. It's quite apparent that you don't care for either of the Reagans, and that's all well and fine and perfectly understandable, given the rather pernicious nature and history of the Reagan administration.

    But you really ought to have respected the host's request, which you failed to do by not only bringing up the astrologer, but by further calling my comment "hagiography" when it was nothing of the sort. That rendered your mention of Ms. Quigley as both a gratuitous partisan dig, and a cheap and unnecessary attempt at diminution of Nancy Reagan's life.

    Apparently you don't understand the proper definition of that particular term, which refers to writing about the lives of saints. While Nancy Reagan could be called many things and has been, candidate for sainthood isn't necessarily what first comes to mind.

    And further, there was nothing I wrote about Mrs. Reagan's influential role as her husband's devoted confidante that isn't already common knowledge. She was very hard core about protecting him, and if she felt he was not being well served by members of his administration, she saw to it that they were soon sent packing. What's so hagiographic about saying that?

    Nancy Reagan is dead. She leaves behind two children who'll miss her and grieve her loss, and who also so happen to be liberal Democrats. So, people ought to give their partisanship a rest -- if only for the moment, out of respect for Patti Davis and Ron Reagan -- and leave her be.



    Speaking of facts (none / 0) (#20)
    by Mr Natural on Mon Mar 07, 2016 at 12:55:59 PM EST
    is not "speaking ill of the Dead," Donald.  It's called speaking the truth, aka taking an honest non-inflated look at the life of the dead.  

    We owe them - and ourselves - that much.

    Speaking of which, here's another retro-perspective, written by Tony Newman, the Director of Media Relations at the Drug Policy Alliance

    Nancy Reagan's Role in the Disastrous War on Drugs


    My favorite part of that (none / 0) (#21)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Mar 07, 2016 at 01:52:48 PM EST
    Was how we should set partisanship aside because her two children were democrats.

    It is the time to (none / 0) (#5)
    by KeysDan on Sun Mar 06, 2016 at 01:09:58 PM EST
    recall the nice things. These come to mind: While at the wedding of Diana and Charles, she did not curtsy to the Queen.  And, she never had Vice President and Mrs. Bush for dinner at the White House private quarters during the eight years there.

    Did not (none / 0) (#6)
    by Ga6thDem on Sun Mar 06, 2016 at 01:15:11 PM EST
    know about them not having Babs and George over for dinner. I knew there was some friction there and also the fact that Barbara looked down on Nancy.

    I think it was (none / 0) (#7)
    by KeysDan on Sun Mar 06, 2016 at 01:18:17 PM EST
    George HW Bush, in his book, who suggested that Mrs. Reagan was envious of Mrs. Bush.  Hollywood v WASP Old Money, blue blood east coast circuit.

    Thank gid there is an election (none / 0) (#12)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Mar 06, 2016 at 04:43:30 PM EST
    To push this out of the news.  Not sure how much more waxing nostalgic about the Reagans I could take.

    Then you can do what I do, and ... (none / 0) (#17)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon Mar 07, 2016 at 03:34:47 AM EST
    ... either change the channel or turn off the TV altogether. News coverage of Nancy Reagan's passing is likely to remain extensive until she's buried.

    Can I? (none / 0) (#18)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Mar 07, 2016 at 08:28:16 AM EST
    Thank you Donald!

    I'm very... (none / 0) (#8)
    by desertswine on Sun Mar 06, 2016 at 02:01:58 PM EST
    grateful that President Obama has lifted the restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.
     Nancy Reagan

    "How Nancy Reagan was changed (none / 0) (#22)
    by Mr Natural on Fri Mar 11, 2016 at 08:13:27 AM EST
    by the 1981 assassination attempt".  - Del Quinton Wilbur, the LA Times