The always gracious, former First Lady speaks on her late husband, the Bush family and the Obama's with the leftwing, conservative-bashing Vanity Fair (my guess is that the rag loves Mrs. Reagan's support for embroyonic stem-cell reserach):
With her 88th birthday approaching, media-shy Nancy Reagan opens up to Vanity Fair’s Bob Colacello about a wide range of subjects, including the Bushes, the Obamas, her White House battles, and how her life has changed since the death of her husband, five years ago. Colacello met with the former First Lady at her Bel-Air home, which he describes in detail, and his article, “Nancy Reagan’s Solo Role,” shows how a woman who for so long defined herself in relation to her husband is managing life on her own. Among the topics the article covers are:
Nancy Reagan on the Obamas
• Michelle Obama called Nancy Reagan for “advice” and “suggestions,” and in the course of a 45-minute conversation, Mrs. Reagan encouraged Mrs. Obama to have lots of state dinners. Colacello senses that she’s about to contrast the Obamas favorably with the Bushes, who were famously averse to entertaining at the White House, but then stops herself.
• She feels President Obama missed an opportunity when he did not invite her to the ceremony announcing his reversal of Bush’s policy on embryonic-stem-cell research. “I would have gone, and you know I don’t like to travel,” she tells Colacello. “Politically it would have been a good thing for him to do. Oh, well, nobody’s perfect. He called and thanked me for working on it. But he could have gotten more mileage out of it.”
On life after Ronnie
• “I miss Ronnie a lot, an awful lot,” Reagan admits. “People say it gets better. No, it does not.”
• “It sounds strange, but … I see Ronnie. At nighttime, if I wake up, I think Ronnie’s there, and I start to talk to him. It’s not important what I say. But the fact is, I do think he’s there. And I see him.”
On her White House years
• Reagan explains her dustup with her husband’s chief of staff Don Regan, calling him “really a terrible man.” She says Vice President Bush was the one who told her, “You’ve really got to do something about Donald Regan,” and she reluctantly agreed. She enlisted former Democratic National Committee chairman Bob Strauss to help persuade the president. She also says that on one occasion, Regan hung up on her in the middle of a phone conversation. “When Ronnie found out about that, that did it,” she says.
On her relationship with her husband
• “He never really got angry with me—ever,” she says. Annoyed? “Annoyed, maybe.”
Ronald Reagan’s legacy
• While Ron Reagan tells Colacello that he feels his father’s “star might dim a little bit” because of the role Reaganomics played in our current economic crisis, Nancy says, “I don’t think Ronnie led us into anything that wasn’t good,” while admitting that “I really don’t know anything about” finance and economics.
• Mrs. Reagan says that her husband’s foremost disappointment was likely the fact that he wasn’t able to achieve his goal of doing away with nuclear weapons.