When people tell me I became president on January 20, 1981, I feel I have to correct them. You don’t become president of the United States. You are given temporary custody of an institution called the presidency, which belongs to our people. – Ronald Reagan, 1988.
This one’s for the Gipper. Rest in peace.
I’m still haunted by former first lady Nancy Reagan’s recent statement about her husband’s deteriorating condition: Ronnie’s long journey has finally taken him to a distant place where I can no longer reach him. A chilling reminder of the unrelenting disease that claimed him.