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>> a wonderful moment captured. condolence to the reagan family. >> absolutely. thank you for watching. >> this is a fox news alert. i am bret baier in washington. welcome to a special hour remembering former first lady nancy reagan. the news breaking a short time ago, according to her assistant, she died this morning at her home in bellaire, california. the cause? congestive heart failure. she was 94 years old. nancy reagan was thrust into the political life when her husband ran for governor back in the 60s. then ronald reagan's political ambitions swept them into the white house in 1981 after successful 1980 presidential campaign. she will be remembered for her complete devotion to her husband always standing behind him as the piercest protector and closest advisor.
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she will be buried alongside president reagan at the reagan presidential library in california in simi valley. and we are outside her estate. william? >> yes, we arrived an hour ago and 10 minutes ago a hearse arrived to pick up the body of the first first lady dying some time this morning. the only vehicle we have seen enter the residence so far is that vehicle. other family members may have arrived earlier than that, we do not know. we are in bel air california where she lived since 1988 buying the estate and lived here for 30 years. she is then for the "just 10 no," campaigning and bringing glamour to the white house, an advisor to the president, known for caming the people around them, people she considered
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disloyal she was known as a keen judge of character born in new york city as ann tran isis robbins. and her parents divorced after. eight years mother her mother remarried a chicago physician who adopted customer she changed her name to nancy davis graduating from smith college and appeared in a dozen movies and met the president when he was head of screen actors guild. she wrote "my turn," in 1989, 10 years later she released the volume of love leters that ronald had written to her. they were married 52 years. again, the reagan library will now remain closed. we are told that there will be services later this week for mrs. reagan a closed cassette viewing. there will be a service on the patio. and she will be buried next to her husband. we do not have a date yet but that will be likely later this week. back to you.
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>> william; there a plan, yet, and in place at the library and what, exactly, is going to transpire as far as here in washington and out there in california? >> you know, we do know that the plan is in place at the library yosemite know the details what will happen in washington. any services elsewhere. they have had the plan in place for several years and i believe you are sighing video of the h. arse arriving. >> thank you, william, outside her home in california. joining us in the studio is george will, president reagan's final communications director and a long-term friend of mrs. reagan's. >> how are you? >> well. >> what about this day? >> you know, it is a remind are
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that politics is a team sport if you are legislative caucus, but most of all you have your spouse. in the history of presidential marriages you have dolly and james madison, abigail and john adams and nancy and ronald reagan. they were the most married couple i have ever met. they would be sitting together in a room and ronald reagan would write her love letters across the room. and he once wrote five words and it changed two lives and our country and the world "and then along came nancy." it gave him a have to his life and he was a famously friendly man but a last his friendliness was to keep people at bay and he had one friend and he married her and they were so close they did, they could communicate the real married couples can do. i think that it is a reminder
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of...the difficulty of politics because she took a lot of the incoming fire because he was so admired and adore by many people and she bill the target of choice for some of his enemies. she was not averse to engaging in politics. she certainly had something to do with the fact after he had a stumble in the new hampshire primary in 19nating he changed campaign directors and that was part of her doing and she is said to have had something to do with the cashiering of the white house chief of staff donald reegan and he hung up on her and that is not wise. most of all, and this was a couple and they governed together and show was as some people have noted, she was completely devoted to him. this also, we should note, is a
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passing of another link to the old hold wool, of clark gable and frank sinatra and cary grant and elizabeth taylor all friends of her. she had a wonderful and wick ed wit saying challenges of hollywood etiquette is you go to a private screening of a director or producer's new movie and you would sit there and watch it with him and it was god awful and you go up to him and you say "you did it again." and that was part of her sly wit and political sense. >> we saw the book of love lets by president reagan to nancy reagan and we saw their relationship and the iconic image at his funeral at the end of the day as the sun was setting in simi valley of her sitting there silent by herself with her husband. now she will be buried right there next to him. their relationship is something
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that a lot of folks have written about. she had -- there is the coffin of ronald reagan tapping it at his funeral. it is tough to put in word what the relationship meant on a personal level and also inside the white house. >> a good bit of the presidential role which is the head head of government is head of state and performs some of the ritual we normally associate with royalty or with a ceremonial head of state. she was an important part of that. the reagans followed the carters and there had been a certain cultural tension to put it politely about whether the carters had been too informal. obviously in a republic there is a certain level of formality you
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do not exceed by a certain level of informality you do not fall below and the reagans wanted to restore the style. you showed 9 picture of her and frank sinatra and the president they brought a gloppor back that rubbed some people the wrong way but rubbed some 9 right way the. >> and chris wallace your reflections? >> i was listening do george and george is being too modest he and nance reagan used to go out to lunch together and he knew what a great companion she could be and how great her gossip and whit was. they were very close. i would say a couple of things about nancy reagan. first, on a personal level the most important, is that it was just such a deep love story. though loved each other so much i remember in the 1988 campaign, sometimes they would travel together and sometime they would not, and this time they were
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splitting off he was going his way and she her way and they looked into each other's eyes and held each other and we were pretty grizzled press corps following them around and we looked away because we felt we intruding on a personal moment because their obvious deep love for each other and he regretted having to be apart for a few days but you cannot overstate how important she what. she was enormously influential in the staffing of the reagan white house and play add big role in jim baker becoming the chief staff. three was the campaign manager for george h.w. bush, reagan's most important opponent, toughest open important in thenating 80 campaign, why did she want him? he knew washington and how to handle the media and how to handle congress and she thought he would help reagan be a discussion and it would be good. she played an enormous role in
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reagan's reaching out to the soviet union. next, in 1984 he had been the first president in a long time who had never met with a russian leader and part of it was they kept die open him. but be they ended up in september of 1984 inviting the fameous soviet foreign minister who turned to nancy reagan and whispered, when you are with your husband, please whisper "peace," in his ear and she said yes and i will whisper peace in your ear, too, foreign minister and she played an enormous role in the reagan and gorbachev teal work and progress in arms control. >> chris when you talk about her dignity and grace and poise and all that she did for her causes after she left the white house including obviously alzheimer's disease. that was a big part of her speech to the republican
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convention about reaching out and trying to stop the scourge that everyoned up taking her husband. >> absolutely. and this is kind of a personal story because i got to be friends, i was poverty enough like george to be a friend of nation reagan's and in 1994 when the famous and touching and beautiful eloquent letter came out by-product talking about the fact and disclosing to the american people he had alzheimer i called mrs. reagan never expecting to reach her to eleven a message of how badly i felt and for some reason she came on the phone and we talked for about 20 minutes and she talked in such a heart felt way about the fact she had longed for the years and they would be together, the golden years and be able to share all of the extraordinary memories of their life's journey and now that was taken from them because obviously her husband was going do lose his memory because of this terrible disease.
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and as you say, she made that a cause as she made so many issues like "just say no," to drugs in the second term. i did an hour documentary on her for nbc in 1985 and first ladies are often resisting to talk about power and glue in the first term but after the reelection she was more open and willing to do the documentary and something she wanted to talk about was her influence on the influence on her husband and in terms of finding causes. i escorted her on a trip to rome where she would meet with pope john paul and she was so excited she melt him before with the president but this was a trip of her own and she was so excited about the fact that the holy father was receiving her and her cause on its own not as the accompanying of the president of the united states. >> stand by, chris, sam donald
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son covered the reagan white house shouting out questions to president reagan and the rose guard and i was this for one. sam, your thoughts on this day? >> first, i want to say it was chris wallace who broke the story that donald reegan, the chief of staff you could have said almost anything to be ronald reagan and he would shuck it off but if you said anything about mama you were dead. [ inaudible ] >> she came to town and and...redecorated the white house at public expense and bought china a new set of china but it was said they needed it and it was revealed that she was borrowing clothes from designers in hollywood to wear governor functions in the washington and elsewhere. this is a lot of bad press...
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[ inaudible ] >> sam, we are losing you there and we will try to re-establish the connection we are loading the connection there. chris, you heard sam talking about covering the reagan white house and it was quite a time. >> i will tell you because sam is exactly right. this gives you a sense sometimes of the indirect ways that nancy reagan would try to work on her because there were times when she said this person does not help you and you need to get rid of this person and she did not like the chief of staff in the second term, donald regan and he said, listen, get off my back, snapping at her, and i was outside thous and one of ronald reagan's now, i guess i can tell it now, everyone is gone, one of nancy reagan's staff people came up to me i burned into her on the street and said the problems
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between nancy and donald and he had hung up on nancy reagan. so i reported this and she had not told her husband, the president, they were both watching nbc that night and he turned to her after it and said; that true and she went "yes," and as sam suggested, that the end of donald regan. >> george, your thoughts of that? >> well, there was a steely side to her and people would crossed her found out about it. but more than that people would crossed her husband she had one function in life: a little earlier she was propelled into politics when he ran for governor. i think she was part of the propellant, she enjoyed politics and her father, a surgeon, royal davis, first in chicago and then in phoenix, was himself a very
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active admitted conservative and she took all of his beliefs and grew up on what is now called the gold coast of the lake front of chicago if you walk through the lobby of the drake hotel, lake shore drive turn there, you will be walking the path she took walking to grade school. show would walk right through the lobby of the drake to get to her school. she want to california and made a movie called "hell cats of the navy." starring nancy davis as she then was and ronald reagan. the rest is history. >> we have sam donald son back on the phone the we were cut off, sam, but welcome back you finished your thought of covering the reagan white house. >> well, you got it. another story i agree with george and chris. [ inaudible ]
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>> they did not get into phone policy but her husband is security were pupper most in her mind and her physical security...non-non- >> we are destined not to hear the end of this story. we will try another phone line. chris wallace, it has been said that nancy reagan changed we a little bit after her husband was shot. that she was very worried protecting him and seeing him out in large crowds after that assassination attempt >> changed would be a huge understatement the show was completely and utterly traumaized, the blip side of what judge and i talked about which was the deep love affair. ronald reagan was, i don't think it is overstating this, her life.
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he was, she was his life. to be that close to losing her husband, i remember doing an interview and time after, and she said, he would fall asleep after he get out of the hospital and came home but she could not sleep she was up all might and would get-spray show would get soft food like bananas so she could eat them in bed and take care of herself but not disturb him. it was of course during this time he became so traumaized by it that she began to consult an aisrael jury about what were good and safe days and unsafe days to travel and this became part of the scheduling in the white house. and the donald regan story goes fill circle because when he was canned by nancy reagan through pressuring her husband three writes a memoir and he is the one, i don't think it is any other explanation but pay back
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who revealed to the world in first chapter that, in fact, she had to a large degree determined travel for the president of the united states through consultations with an astrologer in the second term. that was his way of getting back. >> washington can be a strange place. chris wallace, as a thank you very much. george, your reflections? i am struck by the quote, opened said if nancy davis did not come along when she did i would have lost my soul. she was just such an important part of his entire being. >> politics requires a lost energy. it is exhausting. there is the story that brand turned the white house into a dormitory and slept all the time the it is not true he was a hard working president. and to do that, you have to have the energy that is inseparable
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from happiness. and particularly for a man to whom marriage was as important as for ronald reagan. so i believe he would not have gone into politics or risen in politics or have not changed the world if he were not well married before this started. >> she had the "just say no," campaign, a big part of her time as first lady against drugs. show ran that effectively. she talk about it after leaving office. >> she did. the decline in drug use in the 1990s promise had something to do with the simple clarity of 9 "just say no," and a lot of people had soon their friends and relatives ruined by crack cocaine. bust "just say no," came along when that scourge required a simple response. you mentioned a moment ago that she was also active about
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alzheimers and that put her in the front of the conservative community because she thought it was important to use stem cell research and she advocated and some objected and she did not care. >> we are going do try again once again with sam donaldson; we apology for the technology problems. your thoughts? >> testing, one, two, three. >> it could be in the house next to the mountains, and it sounds romantic but the mountain mean "watermelon," for sandia. >> she took care of her husband's security both mill and physical and it did not dab tell in the foreign policy or suggest how we would deal with the russians, what have you. but when john hinkley shot ronald reagan and three others
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outside the hilton that day and i remember because i was 5' away when he fired, nance reagan almost immediately after going to the hospital called mike deaver their friend from hollywood assistant chief staff and said, that must never happen again. you see to it. and he did. before that occurred, we would walk into the white house show our card, or whatever at the gate and suddenly the machines appeared, rightly so, the security got a lot tighter and other than beverly during the 1984 campaign to the best of my knowledge and chris can back me up on this, ronald reagan never appeared where the public was that had not been vetted or secured by the secret service procedures and the machines that you walk through. she cared about him in those ways and of course when it came to his political security george has talked about the 1980
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campaign and also we have talked about firing donald regan the chief of staff after he hung up with her and she thought it he was bad for ronald reagan during the iran and contra affair and ronald reagan was under great pressure, rightly so, because of the conduct of his administration. of course, history is still arguing over to what extent he is participated in some of the things that wrong. but she wanted -- she called in the late bob strauss, mr. mr. democratic. an opponent of ronald reagan. she wanted him to talk to her husband and give advice on handling things so she performed not only the loving parts we have talked about, you have talked about so. , but, she ifed services for him that he needed, she felt and she was almost always right. >> she had this gaze as george
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talked about across a room and listening to president obama's speak but she had outgaze that sent daggers to staff that were not doing the right thing the you have seen that. what was it about her, sam, that made her so effective inside the white house? and so unique as a first lady? she was the president's wife. but we have had a lot first ladies and she was someone thatten understood they were inseparable. they wanted to be together. the stories that george probably knows better than i they preferred to is dinner alone in the family quarters rather than go out but they before out when they need on occasion, and they perform the function of the first couple but they witnessed to be together and everyone knew that. everyone knew that when nancy
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reagan spoke she was laying down the law that unless you had a terrific argument that could see you through a judgment day you better follow what she wanted to do and her husband laced himself in her happened. he had absolute confidence if her. perhaps they quarrelled on occasion i don't know that, but i bet if it was it was the kind of quarrel that most people would love to have with their spouse rather than an angry word. or words. >> she, too, was an actress and performed in 11 films where they met. but it made hers i guess, comfortable in front of the cameras, comfortable in big events. >> exactly. >> they had been famous -- he was a pbs actor and he is was more than that, a hollywood fixture and she had been in his
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line of sight for a while and was use to the presentational side. ronald reagan famously and repeatedly said he did not necessity how you could be a good politician if you were not an actor and if you want down the list of from actors of 20th century, you get to charles degal and roosevelt and churchill all of whom understood how to command an audience. that is what democracy is. persuasion. presentation. for a mass audience she understood this. >> the majority leader of the senate, just put out a statement saying, weein' the nation in mourning the loss of nance reagan and in many ways, the reagan love story was classic hollywood but it was unmistakably human, too, hands interwined, nancy and ron rose to the pinnacle of political power, weathered cancer and personal heartbreak and braved
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the death of alzheimer cold embrace always together. everyone felt her pain when she kissing his casket mouth add tearful farewell to the best trend she once said "she could not imagine life without." today, nancy and ron are together once more and we offer our most sincere condolences to the friends and family last behind. again, that is senate majority leader mcconnell. >> thank you for director time, but, sam, your final thoughts? >> we are sat add bout the patting, we all do that some sometime because she was the last of the reagan couple, of course they have children, but, she set a standard, i think, and george talked about this, not so much elegance but as propriety. can you imagine today nancy reagan listening to some of the debates we have heard recently?
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i will not say anything more about them but 9 standards have changed. across the country, as well as washington. she represents the old way. i can only say to you i hope we return to it. >> sam donaldson, thank you very much more your time. final thoughts? george? >> much is made of how traumaized she was by the assassination. she knew immediately what the nation did not learn for many areas how very close to dying the president was. he was -- the bullet came close to killing him and she lived with that a lot. she also knew to get back to the presentation am side of this fishbowl they lived in, she understood the usefulness of being self deprecation, you are a performer at the gridiron
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dinner and when the criticism of her for excessive glamour was too much and the fact she borrowed and worn some gowns from major american designers, she sang a song at the gridiron danger called "secondhand cloths," rather than second happened rose and it did a lot to humanize her and those who knew her did not thing she needed humanizing by those who didn't needed to be taught. >> george, thank you for your time and sorry for your loss. a statement by george w busch laura and i are saddened bit loss of nancy reagan the she was fiercely loyal to her husband and that dose is matched only to the her devotion of the country. during her time as first lady and since, she has raised awareness of drug abuse and breast cancer and help we moved into the white house, we benefited from her work to make the historic rooms beautiful. laura and i are grateful for the
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life of nancy reagan and we send our condoleents to the entire reagan family from george w. bush. nancy reagan inhabited many roles, hollywood star, style icon, political help mate and now we will look back at her remarkable life. >> an in the francis robbins nicknamed nancy was born in new york city july 6, 1921 raise by her mother, an actress and had little contact with her father after her parents divorced. in 1929, she married we dr. davis and nancy and her stepfather became close and he adopted her when she turned 14 and nancy took his last name. nance graduated from smith college in 1943 with a drama degree, and she appeared in lays in new york before landing a contract with mgm and moved to hollywood and would ultimately appear in 11 films. in the fall of 1949, a trade
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paper reported nancy had communist ties. in her 1989 memoir she explained how a director friend asked the president of her union to help. >> late that afternoon the phone rang. nancy davis, this is ronald reagan from the screen actors guild and i have some answers for you. if you free for dipper tonight, perhaps we could tack about it then. well, i stammered, i can imagine it. say the pair had a simple secret wed march 4, 1952, and her daughter was born in october of the same year and son ron followed in 192358 she said she thought she married an actor but she soon realized his real passion was working with the republican part. he rap for governor and won by a landslide and she send as first lady of california from 1967 to 1975. the reagans had been married nearly three decades when they moved into the white house and nancy later admitted her years
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in sacramento did little to prepare her for the national stage. >> 19 reagan had the image that did not accurately portray her, very colleagu -- regal and above others. her priors shifted. >> i spent a good deal of time with her that day and she was definitely in shock. she was very quiet. from then on the president's safety became hour priority. she kept an cry on his travel. although criticized she turned to astrology for guidance. then one of her most defining moments. >> just say no! >> those who ares forever in the american vocabulary. as far as policy, nance for the most part kept her distance. she focused on being the president's wife. >> you seldom saw them when they were not holding hands. they genuinely referred to be
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with each other than anyone else. eight reagans lived a private life after they retired to california. until 1994 when the former president revealed he had alzheimers disease a bat will he would lose ten years later. >> it was what she described as the long good goodbye and sometg she will be remembered for. she lived quietly after his passing and honored her husband. all the statue is a wonderful likeness of ronnie and he would be so proud. >> and he, proud of her, while the woman the secret service called rainbow is new gone, her time as first lady remains an indelible part of history. not only to her country but to her husband. >> nancy reagan dead at the aim
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of 94 and special hour remembering heavy life join us now is ed, political affairs assistant to president reagan and managed the 1984 re-election, and judy covered the reagan white house and howard kurtz from "media buzz" but, ed, your thoughts? >> first, she was such an instrumental part of his life and equally as important he would never have been president or maybe even governor without her plus. he did not want to run again he told me after 1976 when he lost by 117 votes to gerald ford at the convention and three was ready to go off and live at the ranch. she felt it was very important for him and the country and obviously it was and she supported him totally. in 1984 after he was shot, almost mortally wounded their friend sadat was murdered, the
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pope was shot she was reluctant to run a second term and there were other health problems and at the end of the day she gave up the request to him and said, fine, if you want to go, let's go and she want forward and you think of everything that happened the second term she had great people instincts and from political instints. the president understood big pictures. he was not a guy interested in the minutia as bill clinton and bush bush but he understood the big picture. she understood p.r. and kept a from relationship with friends in hollywood and across the country knowing what people were thinking and was a valuable asset to me as political director. she always asked tough questions and you had to response tand i n working for her and with her and to a certain extent the country lot a great patriot and one of the greatest couples ever.
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>> we talk about the love, the bond, the political bond, as well, and she was also a mother, obviously, to patty and ron, a step mother to maureen and michael and managed that, all throughout her life, as well. >> right, she also restoreed what was having covered it at the time, badly needed glam are are of the white house. at the time we were just coming off of the hostage crisis, the hostages were just released and opened was being sworn in but we had been told to put on sweaters and turn down thermostats and everything was low key and understated with belt tightening nance reagan believes that the white house and the american people needed a touch of glamor so she did things that fm nest and democrats beat up open her over whether it was the $200,000 white house china she replaced
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with donations from her wealthy friend not from the federal budget, but she was determined to create a new era and fooling about washington and about the white house and she did that. she was the first protector, the first partner, the first friend and her vision of exercising power was through a man which was during the time of rising memorial nix anathema to so man william but she never veered. she did it enormously skillfully. it is a different time today and hard to imagine with hillary clinton running that she would talk about the joys of exercising powers through a man but innocence reagan was a very formidable power will woman as donald regam and other found out. it was a different time. >> howie we look at this through
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a picture of looking back decades but you think of the press and how they handled the reagan white house. >> i was flooded with emorys because the sad news broke while my program was on the air in the 1980's i covered the administration nancy reagan did not have a great image and not just that she was famous for the lavish parties and designer clothes and what was called by detractors of decade of greed, she was a simple but later on, the just say noant drug program some said that was an empty slogan and the second term the revelation from a detractor in the administration she kilted aindustrial gists and, perhaps, tried to glue her husband, the president on that. for all of that she managed to turn it around through hard work and she became taken more seriously as a layer but as judy miller said not in the way that hillary clinton would be as a more activist first lady and in
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the more than quarter century since leaving the white house, the machines came to regard her with great love and affection when her husband had alzheimers and she had to speak for him and the keeper of the flame at the reagan library keeping the leg air force the president alive. awe have seen the ad show up at the republican debates, this cycle, last cycle, and we psalm sam donaldson when we talked to him on the air, saying the dignity and grace he wishes would appear in this area's election. do you think this remembrance will affect this presidential campaign? >> president reagan believed in the 12 amendment do not speak ill of another republican and she was always classy bringing dignity. he would be so disgusted by these people reaching for his mantle at the same time they are calling each other bad names she would be disgusted. an interesting thing i was ating
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chief of staff and she tried to help him take care of him and he loved the ranch. the ranch was not a big glamorous dallas time ranch but a little two bedroom stucco house with rattlesnakes and beautiful scenery but he loved to work and chop the weeds and he was looking forward to getting throughout and putting a new roof on, he said he was excited and the forman has been the driver when he was governor, and highway patrol man she caught barney and said i don't want him on the roof, you put the new roof on, and we arrived throughout and reagan was disappointed saying tear it off, my plans were to rebuild it, so he had to tear it off and rebuild it. she was a great addition to everything he ever did and the country obviously owes her a from deal. >> ed, judy, howi. thank you very much we are getting a lot of response around the world. this is just in from the israeli
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prime minister, binyamin netanyahu" remember anyone as a financial woman who supported preliminary and took by his side. she will be remembered as great friend of israel." all of the political candidates have released sames to when way or another. there is were more in our special hour "remember nancy reagan." >> i know from all of the plays i have again how hard it is to turn lives around. i know that. we only make this trip once, i think, and...we should make it count.
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this room is whereonnd i >> it was in this room that ron my and i found, we were told, the prisoners were released and they were in iranian air spas and everyone was going to be all right. >> 19 reagan in 2002 talking about the iranian hostages and joining us is an author and a producer of c span virus "first ladies influence and image." he wrote a book to the series to
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be released in the spring. craig, we have been talking a lot about the influence of nance reagan on president reagan and his administration. can you put us in context in that regard? >> yes, she -- this is ad is day, bay the way. in unanimous 80 the issue came up what type of role she would have because rosslyn carter was attending carter cabinet meetings and he said she would not tend cabinet meetings and they said, well, what cause would she have? she said mostly me. and he meant that because they were utterly completely in love, a marriage for the white house what ranks with the washingtons and the adams. she did later have causes, "just say no," and the p.o.w. issue but they were best friends and totally devoted and they were
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happy the two of them horseback riding or canoeing at the ranch. >> andy, you have studied the first leads, unique stories? >> absolutely. in my travels going around to all of the historical lobbies, including libraries and museums for every first lady a unique one is at the reagan library in simi california in 2013 nancy had just handed over a little white box personally over to the curator and in the box were these keys. they are significant. gold keys. with jewels. and from a beverly hills jeweler, something fancy, because he does not spare expense to nancy, mrs. reagan, the first key was the first key to her first dressing room, i believe mgm, with her name on the door "tragedy and comedy," keys with jewels for the eyes. later when they bought the first house telling nancy returned the favor by getting two keys in the
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shapes of little houses and the weapons were jeweled and her handwriting it said "our first." it was these little personal things that pulls the story together. the liters, when they were splitted by distance or travel, when he was president of the screen actors guild and then governor and president weapon they were not spending time together, he would sit at dinners by himself or in the hotel and write about the activities as if he was having a conversation with her and there was a real connection when they were apart. it is really like we heard, a love relationship, marriage for the ages. >> craig, you studied the reagan white house and now important she was in there. she was trying to protect her husband. but she had% until decisions she
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was part of. she was part of the white house. >> there were rumors at time in 1986 she had a hand in donald regan's ouster and whether that happened is only speculation she was not involved in west wing activities she said, look, i sleep with the influence so i will use my influence when i k it was not nuclear policy or tax policy or budget but sometimes personnel. but, more, it was about him. it was in 84 or around the assassination attempt wearing a famous purple plaid suit he loved and she hated it and when he would wear it she would give him grief and they were on air force one and the president was
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getting ready to put on the suit because he put on sweat patches to keep the crease in his pants and he started, you know, nagging him about the suit and he said i like it, i want to hear it and she turned to mike deaver, mike, tell the president what the staff is saying about his suit and he said, mike, what does the staff say? >> and he said, mr. president the staff says if you are going to be shot why couldn't you have been shot wearing that suit. >> so, she was more concerned with his wardrobe and things like that, and speeches a hilt bit, but, mostly she confined herself to east wing activities. andy and craig, thank you for being here and reflecting on purse lady -- on first lady nancy reagan who just died at 94. president obama and the first lady said this "nancy reagan wrote that nothing could prepare
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you for living in the white house. she was right, of course, but we had a head start because we were poverty to benefit from her proud example and her warm and generous advice," our former first lady redefined the role in her time here and later if her long goodbye of president reagan she was a voice on behalf of millions of families going through the depleting and aching reality of alzheimers and took on a new role as advocate on after of treatments that hold potential and the promise to improve and save lives. we offer our sincere con dole ensures to their chairman, patty, ron, and michael and we remain grateful for her life, thankful for her guidance and prayer will show and her husband, beloved husband, are together again." president obama and the first lady releasing a statement right now. stay with us, our special remembrance of fancy reagan continues. we will go outside to her home
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in california. reagan's home in bel air, california, coming up. >> so proud and so pleased to have this medical center. this fabulous new medical center, nameed after him. i have seen a mockup of the building and it really is just fantastic. i can't wait until 2004. i take pictures of sunrises, but with my back pain i couldn't sleep and get up in time. then i found aleve pm. aleve pm is the only one to combine a safe sleep aid plus the 12 hour pain relieving strength of aleve. i'm back. aleve pm for a better am.
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>> this is a war of individual battles and a crew side a when many heroes including someone very special to me, she has helped so many of our young people. to say in to drugs, nancy much credit problems to you and i express to you your husband's ride and your country's thanks. >> fancy reagan at the state of the union there in 1988. newt gingrich is a former speaker of the house of representatives and he joins us now by phone. thanks for joining us. your thoughts? >> well, she was a remarkable sidekick to ronald reagan and she supported him totally. at every state and often did not like what he watched but she would go with him to the large,
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and spend hours with her girl friends in hollywood white he renewed himself cutting wood and ride horses. also, the conservatism she had an impact because her father was conserve give and had a big influence on ronald reagan when three was an act or and play add major role behind the scenes and bigger role and she and mike deaver made manies many decisions that shaped the reagan allegation and shaped how the president operateed. those would know her well know how magazine enough sently she rose to the challenge of alzheimers and how she did to try to make the president's last years comfortable. she once said to me it was a tremendously terrible disease because the person you are looking at looked perfectly normal but you knew their lives were slowly fading away. she is a remarkable american. she now has joined ronnie and
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those of us would know her will cherish her moment miles. >> the image of her at end of the state funeral at the end of the day, at simi valley at the library, sitting there at the grave site which now she will be buried next to president reagan at the site. kind of an amazing imam you look bat at funeral. >> they were that close. they truly were very, very intently bound at a point where reagan was off on an official trip and he turned and said to the team, i have to get back to nancy. period. he had been gone as long as he could take it. that bond was much deeper and a big part of reagan's humanness was the ability to lean on nancy
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and relate to her and share a life with her. she built her entire life around him. >> mr. speaker if you can stand by and look at this image, nance reagan, dead at 94.: could you save 1% more of your income? it doesn't sound like much, but saving an additional 1% now, could make a big difference over time. i'm going to be even better about saving. you can do it, it helps in the long run. prudential bring your challenges
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>> i am chris wallace. with donald trump headed to the nomination is the republican party in danger of tearing itself apart? we will ask rush limbaugh and mitt romney. >> we have no idea what donald trump is aextraing crowds, they have no idea why his crowd is loyal? >> conservative radio talk show host rush limbaugh in a rare television interview, a fox news sunday exclusive. >> then, mitt romney joins the never trump movement and donald trump fires back. >> donald trump is a phony, a fraud, the promises are as workless as a degree from trump university. >> he was a failed candidate and should have beaten president obama