Nancy Reagan ‘Loved’ Ron Reagan’s Book; Is ‘Proud’ of Him, Son Said

By Kate McCarthy

Jan 18, 2011 9:13am

Despite the family feud that has unfolded over the past few days between Ron Reagan and his half-brother Michael, Nancy Reagan said she is very proud of her son for writing his new book "My Father at 100."

“She was worried about me. She said ‘Are you alright?’ I said ‘Yeah mom, I’m fine… but they are going to ask me what you think of the book. So what should I say to them,’” Ron Reagan said on “GMA.” “And she said, ‘You tell them that I’ve read it, I loved it, it made me cry and I’m very proud of you.’”

In Reagan’s book he notes moments during his father’s presidency which he found troubling and said could have been early signs of Alzheimer’s, such as during one of the 1984 presidential debates with Walter Mondale or when his father could not remember the name of canyons he knew well in California.

Michael Reagan, Ronald Reagan’s son from a previous marriage, took issue with these charges and tweeted "My brother seems to want [to] sell out his father to sell books” and “My brother was an embarrassment to his father when he was alive. And today he became an embarrassment to his mother." 

Ron Reagan said he didn’t want to get into public “intra-familial squabbles,” but he called Michael’s comments “a little strange” and said there is confusion “between Alzheimer’s the disease and dementia, which is a symptom of Alzheimer’s and shows up in the later stages.”

“Occasionally I would notice and I would wonder “Gee, why is there a little hitch in the giddy-up?” as I put it to you. And I had no idea what it was and I don’t know to this day. I can’t say definitively that I was seeing a sign of Alzheimer’s. It could have been anything,” Reagan said. 

“I have little worries that may in retrospect have been very early inklings of this, but I can’t say that for sure. You’re right, I’m not a doctor. I’m just trying to deal with this in sort of an open and honest way as I experienced it,” Reagan said.

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