It had been a busy week for President Ronald Reagan, and I was expecting a low-key evening watching a movie at Camp David with him and Nancy Reagan. What I wasn’t expecting was for that movie to yield a little insight into Reagan’s nostalgia, and the force that pulled him out of it and onward. Nor did I expect a mention of the president’s ex-wife, which made for one of the most awkward nights we ever shared together. The year was 1985, and, as a presidential press aide, I had become the regular companion for the president and first lady on their weekends away. The idea of having someone from the press office accompany the president to Camp David was White House press secretary Jim Brady’s. He thought it was essential that there be a point of contact with the chief executive at all times—someone who could act as Brady’s eyes and ears “just in case.”Story Continued Below Just a couple of weeks earlier, the president had had major surgery to … [Read more...] about What I Learned Watching ‘Back to the Future’ With Ronald Reagan
By Contributed Content | February 21, 2018 at 12:40 pm Roger Cooper plays George Washington during the 26th annual President’s Day Celebration at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum Monday, February 19, 2018. Visitors attending the event enjoyed storytelling by president and first lady look-alikes, live music, crafts and games.(Andy Holzman/Los Angeles Daily News)during the 26th annual President’s Day Celebration at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum Monday, February 19, 2018. Visitors attending the event enjoyed storytelling by president and first lady look-alikes, live music, crafts and games.(Andy Holzman/Los Angeles Daily News)Aaron Castilla and Lindy Rasmusson perform with the Doo-Wah Riders during the 26th annual President’s Day Celebration at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum Monday, February 19, 2018. Visitors attending the event enjoyed storytelling by president and first lady look-alikes, live music, … [Read more...] about 26th Presidents Day Celebration at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
Will Ferrell has decided to scrap his most controversial role to date. The famed funnyman was reportedly slated to play President Ronald Reagan in a film that centered on the two-term commander-in-chief’s long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. A rep for Ferrell has come forward amid much buzz about the role, assuring fans that it was not the actor’s intention to offend anyone. In a statement, posted on Page Six, the “Daddy’s Home” star’s publicist said “Reagan” was just “one of a number” of roles Ferrell was considering. The unidentified representative went on to state that the film was not an “‘Alzheimer’s comedy,’” adding that regardless Ferrell would not be taking the part. Ferrell himself has not yet spoken on his ties to the movie nor his decision to pass on the project. “The Reagan script is one of a number of scripts that had been submitted to Will … [Read more...] about Will Ferrell’s Rep Defends Him After Dropping Out Of Ronald Reagan Alzheimer’s Comedy
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kelli Ward has made the point several times: President Ronald Reagan's "biggest regret" was granting amnesty as part of 1986 immigration-reform legislation and then counting on Congress to secure the border, which never happened.Ward, a former state senator from Lake Havasu City, and her campaign attribute the claim to Ed Rollins, who served in the White House as an aide to Reagan and who was national director of Reagan's 1984 re-election campaign.Rollins also now is serving as Ward's campaign chairman as she pursues Arizona's GOP Senate nomination in a three-way race against former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, a Tucson-area congresswoman. READ MORE: Ward wants 6 debates with GOP Senate rivals McSally, Arpaio Ward's argument: President Donald Trump and Congress should learn from the failure of the 1986 law as they move forward with the debate on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals … [Read more...] about Kelli Ward claims President Ronald Reagan regretted the 1986 ‘amnesty’ law. Did he?
A crash involving motorcycle officers accompanying Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on his visit to Southern California sent one officer to the hospital, but Trudeau’s vehicle was not involved and he was not hurt. The Ventura County Fire Department says the crash involving California Highway Patrol officers happened shortly after Trudeau’s motorcade left the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, where Trudeau gave a speech Friday night. One officer was hospitalized with moderate injuries. It’s not clear what caused the crash. Trudeau was on his second day of a visit to California. He made appearances in San Francisco on Thursday and is set to appear in Los Angeles on Saturday. … [Read more...] about CHP officer in Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s motorcade hurt in crash near Ronald Reagan library