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Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan


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Also Known As: Died: June 5, 2004
Born: February 6, 1911 Cause of Death: pneumonia
Birth Place: Tampico, Illinois, USA Profession: Cast ...


In January 2001, Reagan fell and broke his hip.

Inducted to the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Honorary chairman of the United States Horse Cavalry Association

On Mr. Reagan's 87th birthday in 1998, President Bill Clinton signed a law which allowed the Washington National Airport to be renamed the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

"There can be no security anywhere in the free world if there is no fiscal and economic stability within the United States . . .

"They say the world has become too complex for simple answers. They are wrong. There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right. Winston Churchill said that '. . . When great forces are on the move in the world, we learn we are spirits--not animals . . . There is something going on in time and space, and beyond time and space, which whether we like it or not, spells duty.'

"You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children's children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done." --From the conclusion to Regan's 1964 speech "A Time for Choosing"

"In many ways she allowed him to be such a nice guy. Because she made some of the really tough--personally tough--decisions. She took the heat for it, and he would sit there and still be the nice guy. I think they had a unique marriage. Ronald Reagan is a loner. I don't mean that in a derogatory way. He's a man who's comfortable being alone. But the one person who has always been in his world is her. And that was enough. The truth is he didn't need anybody but her." --White House political affairs director (1981-1983) Ed Rollins quoted in Vanity Fair August 1998

"I protect Ronnie from himself. You know, he has a big Irish heart. He trusts everybody, and he doesn't see when he's being blindsided, or when people are acting out of motives that are less than noble. And he never acts upon it once he does. I do." --Nancy Reagan to Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, from Vanity Fair, August 1998

"These were extraordinary times we ruled in, because we dealt with--and achieved--some of the most momentous events in modern history: the fall of the Soviet Union, the reunification of Germany within NATO, free trade in this hemisphere, and the end of the Cold War. Led by Ronald Reagan, people like Francois Mitterand, Helmut Kohl, Margaret Thatcher, and I contributed in a modest way to remaking our international society. So if the polls went up or polls went down, who cared? If the press said--as they did--that Thatcher and Mulroney were Reagan's poodles, who cared? You know, when you've got a quarterback who can run, who can throw, and who can take a hit--and he's out there in the rain every Sunday--well, that idea got through to the allies. And when it did, everything jelled." --Mulroney quoted in Vanity Fair, August 1998

"In closing, let me thank you, the American people, for giving me the great honor of allowing me to serve as your president. When the Lord calls me home, whenever that day may be, I will leave with the greatest love for this country of ours and eternal optimism for its future. I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life. I know that for America there will always be a bright dawn ahead."---Reagan in a letter to the American people announced that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease 1994

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