By Michael K. Deaver
She was once the daughter of a unmarried mom, a Hollywood celebrity, the spouse of 1 of the best presidents of the 20 th century, a melanoma survivor. and she or he waged her maximum conflict opposed to her husband's Alzheimer's ailment. Nancy Davis Reagan has led a rare lifestyles. Now, Mike Deaver, whose courting with Mrs. Reagan dates again to the Nineteen Sixties, stocks the aspect of Nancy that basically her intimates understand. The Nancy Reagan with whom so much american citizens are wide-spread is a sketch formed via continually unfavourable press insurance. however the Nancy Reagan whom Mike Deaver has come to grasp for greater than thirty-five years, the girl portrayed in Nancy, is way extra complex. Nancy has been no bit participant within the Reagan tale. Deaver believes that Ronald Reagan shouldn't have risen to such contrast with no Nancy at his aspect. To the fellow Ronald Reagan, Nancy gave the reward of her unrestricted love. She used to be his respite, his convenience, his present on the finish of the day. whilst Ronnie's photo will be tainted, she might fervently safeguard it, even on the fee of her personal. Now, Nancy is mum or dad and nurturer of the nice Communicator's legacy.
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Extra resources for Nancy: A Portrait of My Years with Nancy Reagan
She was very interested in policy, particularly her husband’s brand of policy. If the speech was an oldie but goodie, Nancy would listen for any tweaks he made to accommodate the audience of the day. Especially early in his political career, Reagan loved to feed off his audience, and sometimes he’d toss out more “red meat” than most listeners could digest. Behind closed doors, Nancy would often serve as a good barometer on how certain lines were likely to play in Peoria and elsewhere. There was a lot happening behind that “stare,” but at heart, the stare was just what it looked like.
Without warning, while the three of them were waiting for a table, the elder Mrs. Robbins had a minor stroke. Alarmed and not quite sure what to do, Nancy called her adoptive father, Dr. Davis, for advice. Davis agreed it merited medical attention and dispatched a nearby physician friend to tend to her. Coincidentally, on the way out of the restaurant, with Mrs. Robbins on a gurney, the Reagans ran into Ron’s ﬁrst wife, Jane Wyman, and all of Nancy’s segmented life seemed to come together, she said, if only for a few minutes.
In Washington, for some reason, “The Stare” was rebranded as “The Gaze,” but whether it was the national capital or the state one, liberal pundits and the Democratic political establishment could never stop snickering when they saw Nancy sitting in rapt silence during her husband’s speeches. The adoration had to be an act, a woman feigning interest in words that she surely had heard her husband repeat ad nauseum. ” Well, Nancy did adore Reagan, a statement 55 Michael K. Deaver that I would wager can’t be made about a lot of political wives.
Nancy: A Portrait of My Years with Nancy Reagan by Michael K. Deaver