For The Gipper

Ronald ReaganWhen 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.

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