January 15, 2011 by staff
The brief quotes from the book by Ron Reagan: “My Father 100″, published by Viking, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA).
Reagan’s son wrote that he believes his father would have resigned before his second term ended in 1989 the disease had been diagnosed then. U.S. News & World Report was the first to break the embargo for publication.
“I have not seen any proof that my father (or anyone else) knew of his condition while he was in power,” Reagan wrote. “If the diagnosis was made, say 1987, would he have resigned? I think he would have done. ”
Ronald Reagan was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 1994, five years after leaving office. The popular Republican president died in 2004 at age 93 from complications of the disease.
The young Reagan recalls how his father became strangely lost for words and looked “lost and confused” during the 1984 presidential debates with his Democratic challenger Walter Mondale. He says his father may have suspected the onset of Alzheimer’s disease in 1986 while flying over familiar canyons north of Los Angeles and began to worry that he could not remember their names.
But Reagan said that the issue of the health of his father should not tarnish his legacy as the 40th president of the nation.
“Does this legitimize his presidency? Only insofar as President Kennedy’s Addison’s disease or clinical depression Lincoln undermine them,” wrote Reagan. Better, I think, judging by what our presidents they actually accomplish what may be hidden factors that weigh on them. ”
He continues: “This condition likely, however, is a reminder that when we elect presidents, we elect human beings with all their weaknesses and shortcomings, psychological and physiological.”
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