A Woman America Will Remember: Remembering Nancy Reagan
In the midst of the most entertaining election season in history, with a constant blood battle between democrats and republicans, presidential candidates often refer back to some of America’s greatest presidents; president’s the United States could benefit from again. Republican candidates often speak of former President Ronald Reagan, who was in office from 1981 to 1989. Reagan’s accomplishments as president include standing up against communism and telling Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall, rebuilding the armed forces following Jimmy Carter, standing for wholesome American values, and cutting taxes. His accomplishments do not go unnoticed by the conservative party even today.
One person who Americans often do not remember is former first lady Nancy Reagan. Mrs. Reagan passed away Sunday, March 6th 2016 in her LA home. She was an actor who later went on to be an influential partner to her husband during his two terms as president. Reagan took pride in Nancy redecorating the White House and her elaborate designer clothing, but her accomplishments were much more notable than acting as a style icon. She led the anti-drug campaign “Just Say No,” raised money for stem cell studies, and looked out for America’s best interest. Something people may not know is that she was indeed a feminist. She believed, “Feminism is the ability to choose what you want to do.” She has remained an important spokesperson for the Republican Party endorsing candidates throughout the years.
Along with the duo’s political accomplishments, the Reagans shared something more. There was a true sense of love that could be seen by all. “I more than love you, I’m not whole without you. You are life itself to me. When you are gone, I’m waiting for you to return so I can start living again,” stated President Reagan to his beloved wife Nancy. The kind words did not stop there. Ronald always wrote his wife love letters. They both shared immense love for each other and their country.
Many politicians have given their condolences and thoughts. There was a moment of silence for Mrs. Reagan at the start of the Democratic Debate. In a press release, House Speaker Paul Ryan emphasized, “Ronald Reagan could not have accomplished everything that he did without his wife Nancy.”
RIP to a true, dignified American woman, Nancy Reagan.