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Mrs. Nancy Reagan inducted into The Crusty Conservative’s Hall of Fame

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The Crusty Conservative & his wife Pat with former First lady Nancy Reagan

The Crusty Conservative & his wife Pat with former First Lady Nancy Reagan

Mrs. Nancy Reagan

First Lady of the United States of America

  1981 – 1989

 An Elegant First Lady & a Devoted Wife

 

July 6, 2013 – On this her 92nd birthday, I am extremely pleased to induct Mrs. Nancy Reagan into The Crusty Conservative’s Hall of Fame. Mrs. Reagan is the widow of the 40th President of the United States, Ronald Reagan, and was First Lady of the United States from 1981 to 1989.

Although Mrs. Reagan will long be remembered as an elegant First Lady and for organizing her “Just Say No” anti-drug abuse program, I will always remember her, rather as the brave, devoted wife of a man who was with her but at the same time not with her because of his Alzheimer’s disease.

Over the past 20+ years, my wife Pat and I have been proud supporters of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. As a result of our association with the library, we have been able to attend numerous events at the library and meet some important world political leaders including both President Reagan and Mrs. Reagan. From 1991 until 1994, the former president and first lady regularly attended (and at times participated in) many of the programs, lectures and functions at the Reagan Library.

However when President Reagan was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 1994, he no longer visited the library or at least did not attend public functions there.Instead Mrs. Reagan became his proxy. From 1994 until late last year, Nancy Reagan attended virtually every public (and I am sure an equal number of private) functions at the library. Even after she had a fall and broke her hip, she still attended just about every event. She seldom spoke at these functions. If she did, it was a few quite, gracious words of thanks to the speakers and the attendees. Rather she would sit front row center and attentively listening to the speakers and panelists and politely applauding when appropriate.

The times when former President Reagan was confined to his home in Los Angeles and could no longer attend the events at his library, had to be particularly trying for Mrs. Reagan. Every speaker was rightfully compelled to talk, reminisce, and tell stories about the former President, Although Mr. Reagan was still alive, the speakers all inadvertently spoke of him in the past tense. As a result Mrs. Reagan was required to  bravely sit there and listen to her dying husband being discussed as if he were already dead. Not once did she whimper, wipe her eye or express any grief. Instead she showed an inner strength, devotion, and bravery that would have made her Ronnie proud.

Once when a speaker thanked Mrs. Reagan for attending his speech and said that he would have understood if she had not been there. She quietly responded  ”I have to be here. Ronnie can’t. I am here to represent him. If he can’t be here, then I have to be.” And as long as she could, Nancy Reagan was at Reagan Library events as Ronald Reagan’s proxy.

A Brave, Devoted and Classy Lady ! 

(Click Here To Learn More About Nancy Reagan)

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It is therefore not only their right, but their duty, to declare them.”

–John Dickinson, Letters of Fabius, 1788

 

Vince Flynn Remembered & Memorialized

Vince Flynn Remembered & Memorialized

Author & Patriot  Vince Flynn  @The Reagan Library 10/20/10

Author & Patriot
Vince Flynn
@The Reagan Library 10/20/10

 

Yesterday the United States and the free world lost one of its greatest citizens – author Vince Flynn. Not only was Flynn a great author but he was also, as the many tributes and obituaries written about him in the last 24 hours attest, a Great American.

(Click Here To Read Flynn’s Obituary in His Hometown Paper)

Pat & I had the great pleasure to meet and spend a little time with him at a reception and book signing that preceded a talk that he gave at the Reagan Library in October 2010. This was less than a month before he was diagnosed with the cancer that took his life. In our brief chat, we found him to be very friendly and personable. He seemed to be the kind of guy with whom you would like to have a few beers.

His talk was both informative and sobering.  In listening to him you could tell that he very much believed that the threats that he fictionalized in his thrillers were very real and that he believed that our government was not doing enough to deal with them. Above all, he demonstrated to his audience that he was a patriotic American who was fighting terror in the way that he could do it best. That is by making us aware of the threat and the unseen, nameless, faceless heroes who fight the good fight around the world on all of our behalf.

Yesterday, I pondered best how I could remember and memorialize Vince. As I did so the tributes were coming in from his friends, from colleagues, from politicians, from pundits and his millions of fans. Rush Limbaugh spent half of his broadcast yesterday remembering Vince and his friendship with him.  Glenn Beck broke down as he remembered Flynn on his TV show.  Bridgette Bardot came out of seclusion to mourn him. Fellow mystery writers Brad Thor, Tom Clancy and David Balducci all eloquently eulogized their former competitor in prose that I could never hope to write. It was then that it occurred to me that perhaps the best way I could memorialize Vince Flynn was to share with my friends and readers the talk that Pat & I were privileged to hear him deliver at the Reagan Library on October 20th 2010.

(Click Here To View Vince Flynn’s Talk)

at The Reagan Library

The Crusty Conservative

6/20/13

 

Vince Flynn

1966 – 2013

VINCE FLYNN 

Rest In Peace

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The Crusty Conservative and his wife Pat meet with former Republican Senator (KS) and 1996 Presidential Candidate Bob Dole

Bob Dole inducted into the Crusty Conservative’s HALL OF FAME

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The Crusty Conservative and his wife Pat meet with former Republican Senator (KS) and 1996 Presidential Candidate Bob Dole

Former Presidential Candidate Bob Dole with the Crusty Conservative and his wife Pat at the described Inner Circle event.

Senator Bob Dole

(Republican Kansas)

A Classy Politician

The “Crusty Conservative” and Pat have known and respected Bob Dole from the era when the “CC” was a young Washington lobbyist and Bob was Senate Minority Leader.

The “CC’s” first meeting with the Senator was when the two physically collided while both were rapidly turning a corner in the Dirksen Senate Office Building. Bob demonstrated his good nature and sense of humor by responding to our collision with a joke and an introduction.

The same evening the Senator greeted Pat and the “CC” at a trade association reception by quipping to the CC – “you’re the guy who tried to tackle me this afternoon outside my office”. Little did we realize when Bob introduced his escort, Betsey Hanford – a FTC Commissioner – that we had the privilege of being with the future Mr. and Mrs. Dole on their first date.

Shortly after the 1996 election Pat and I attended a meeting of the Republican Senatorial Inner Circle in Washington. Senator Dole was the key-note Speaker at the meeting. When introduced Bob took the podium and spent about 10 minutes entertaining us with self-deprecating jokes about the campaign and his “nodding and believe me only nodding” acquaintance with his more famous next door neighbor and Clinton girl friend Miss Monica Lewinsky.

Then the senator proceeded to do the most gracious thing that the “Crusty Conservative” had witnessed in over 50 years of following and observing politics and politicians. He said all of you in this room are Republican activists and supporters. You have all heard my political speeches and opinions so rather than bore you with more of the same, “I would like to personally shake each of your hands and personally thank you for all of your support over the years. Please line up on the ‘right’ side of the room and come up here and let me extend my personal thanks” – What a class act.

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