Sunday, March 6, 2016

Nancy Reagan: Redefining The Role Of The First Lady?

As President Obama stated that she redefined the role of the first lady but did the late former US First Lady Nancy Reagan really redefined that role?

By: Ringo Bones 

On March 6, 2016, it was announced that the former US First Lady Nancy Reagan passed away aged 94 of congestive heart failure. Well known for her fierce support of her husband and former US President Ronald Reagan even back when he was still the governor of California. As stated by US President Barack Obama that former US First Lady Nancy Reagan redefined the role of the first lady, I wondered if she just advanced what former First lady Betty Ford when she established the Betty Ford Clinic by tackling the then endemic substance abuse problem of America. Nancy Reagan eventually launched her “Just Say No” anti-drugs program back in 1986 which, according to former US President Jimmy Carter, managed to keep millions of Americans away from drug addiction during the latter half of the 1980s. 

A former actress who met Ronald Reagan back in the 1950s, Nancy Reagan advocated for worthy causes that previous first ladies have previously shied away from. During the first half of the 1990s, Nancy Reagan advocated for stem-cell research for the cure for Alzheimer’s which her husband was affected before passing away back in 2004. Her advocacy for stem-cell research seems to ran counter with the hard-line pro-life anti-abortion stance of the US Republican Party which her husband former US President Ronald Reagan was affiliated to.  

After her husband Ronald Reagan passed away back in 2004, she largely withdrew from public life although she recently spoke out against the current GOP frontrunner Donald J. Trump and said that she was glad her husband Ronnie is no longer alive to witness this fiasco. Nancy Reagan will be laid to rest beside her husband Ronald Reagan in the Ronald Reagan Memorial Library in Santa Barbara, California.