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Reagan had Alzheimer’s in office: son

Disease was officially diagnosed 5 years after he left office


 

Ron Reagan, son of U.S. President Ronald Reagan, writes in a new book that his father showed signs of Alzheimer’s disease as early as 1984, when he was campaigning for a second term. However, Ron’s older half-brother Michael, who is also releasing a book commemorating the 100th anniversary of Reagan’s birth, says the claim is untrue and offensive. Doctors have said that the disease, which was officially diagnosed five years after he left office, may explain the confusion Reagan experienced during the 1984 debates with Walter Mondale. Ron says he noticed then too: “There was just something that was off. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it,” he told ABC News. Ron cites the fact that his father had difficulty naming familiar canyons in 1986 and called Princess Diana, “Prince David” by accident as evidence of the degenerative brain disorder. Older son Michael believes the statement tars his father’s legacy; Ron thinks it shouldn’t. “This no more discredits or defines his presidency than Lincoln’s chronic depression, Roosevelt’s polio, Kennedy’s Addison Disease any of those things.”

The Telegraph


 
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Reagan had Alzheimer’s in office: son

  1. I don't think this comes as news to anyone…devotees perhaps, no one else.

  2. Ray-gun did a pretty good job of tarring his legacy.

    • Yes, some Californians were sure he was showing signs of it when he was governor of that state.

      Saying 'trees cause more pollution than cars do' in later years pretty much cinched it.

  3. It was apparent to anyone with eyes to see and ears to hear. But no matter. The Orange County
    kitchen cabinet had things well in hand.

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