New Ron Reagan book: My dad had Alzheimer’s while in office

posted at 8:49 pm on January 14, 2011 by Allahpundit

Reagan’s doctors and Alzheimer’s specialists have been debunking this myth for years, but no matter how many times they try to explain that occasional memory lapses in an elderly person do not an Alzheimer’s diagnosis make, the narrative rolls on. And it’ll keep rolling, thanks to Ron Jr and the explosive never-before-revealed details in his new book which, per Paul Bedard of U.S. News, … seem not to add up.

Besides playing amateur doctor, Ron Reagan reveals, if true, brain surgery on his dad never before reported. He accurately reports that Reagan, after leaving the presidency, was bucked from a horse on July 4, 1989, while in Mexico. Ron tells of how his dad, after initially refusing medical help, was transported to a San Diego hospital. “Surgeons opening his skull to relieve pressure on the brain emerged from the operating room with the news that they had detected what they took to be probable signs of Alzheimer’s disease.” Several Reagan associates, however, say there was no surgery in San Diego.

What’s more there is no reporting about any San Diego operation on Reagan. News reports at the time of his fall say Reagan was flown to a hospital in Arizona, where he was treated for scrapes and bruises and released after five hours…

Ron Reagan doesn’t mention this, but says that Reagan visited the Mayo Clinic in 1990 for tests that “confirmed the initial suspicion of Alzheimer’s.” Reagan’s post-presidency history, documented in several archives like University of Texas, reveal no such visit. And Dr. John E. Hutton Jr. his doctor from 1984 through Reagan’s retirement, told the New York Times that Reagan didn’t show the tell-tale symptoms until 1993.

Follow the link and you’ll see that another big piece of “evidence” is Ron feeling his heart sink as he watched his pop stumble through a bad, “bewildered” performance in his first debate with Mondale in 1984. Quote: “Some voters were beginning to imagine grandpa—who can never find his reading glasses—in charge of a bristling nuclear arsenal, and it was making them nervous. Worse, my father now seemed to be giving them legitimate reason for concern.” That was October 7, 1984; a month later, the “concern” had turned into a 49-state landslide.

Here’s former Reagan advisor David Gergen telling Ron, as gently as he can: Stop.


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How that wonderful man had such a prick liberal for a son, I’ll never know. His best kid was the adopted one.

KSgop on January 14, 2011 at 8:50 PM

The ballet dancer?

Kermit on January 14, 2011 at 8:50 PM

How that wonderful man had such a pr*ck liberal for a son, I’ll never know. His best kid was the adopted one.

KSgop on January 14, 2011 at 8:50 PM

Unworthy son of a great house.

Wethal on January 14, 2011 at 8:51 PM

Sadly Reagan with Alzheimers is still a far better president than most of the others.

William Amos on January 14, 2011 at 8:52 PM

What an absolute disgrace. Disgusting.

Flyboy on January 14, 2011 at 8:53 PM

Someones got Dementia and it isn’t Ron Sr.
Else the child is merely a gold digger and still a brick shy of a load!

dhunter on January 14, 2011 at 8:53 PM

Sadly Reagan with Alzheimers is still a far better president than most of the others.

William Amos on January 14, 2011 at 8:52 PM

Because freedom, liberty and prosperity is something that can never be forgotten.

Electrongod on January 14, 2011 at 8:57 PM

Allah had it right. NOPE.

jdflorida on January 14, 2011 at 8:57 PM

What a classless POS. If his name wasn’t Ron Reagan Jr. no one would give a damn what he thought.

thmsmgnm on January 14, 2011 at 8:57 PM

New Ron Reagan book: My dad had Alzheimer’s while in office

If true, the early stages of Alzheimer’s didn’t impede Reagan’s ability to lead.

If not true, may Ron Sr. forgive his son one day.

rukiddingme on January 14, 2011 at 8:59 PM

ITs Palins fault!
She is driving the Liberals stark raving mad and
shortly after she is done giving the rebuttal to the SOTU Lies their heads will explode en mass ushering in a new century of health, wealth, peace and prosperity!

dhunter on January 14, 2011 at 9:00 PM

Nothing worse than an ungrateful child.

Tasha on January 14, 2011 at 9:00 PM

But still could have ran circles around your new “Nanny” Daddy.

Hog Wild on January 14, 2011 at 9:00 PM

I cannot even imagine being so vindictive over politics as to libel one’s own father. It’s just sick.

petefrt on January 14, 2011 at 9:01 PM

I can’t help but think that the best part of Jr. was absorbed by the sheets.

GoldenEagle4444 on January 14, 2011 at 9:01 PM

Apparently Jr has Alzheimers. How sad.

BKeyser on January 14, 2011 at 9:01 PM

What a classless POS. If his name wasn’t Ron Reagan Jr. no one would give a damn what he thought.

thmsmgnm on January 14, 2011 at 8:57 PM

Even that accident of birth isn’t enough to make me believe what this ungrateful POS has to say.

mchristian on January 14, 2011 at 9:01 PM

How much money is there for saying you loved your father?

ericdijon on January 14, 2011 at 9:01 PM

Nothing worse than an ungrateful child.

Tasha on January 14, 2011 at 9:00 PM

Yep, Ronnie is every parent’s worst nightmare.

petefrt on January 14, 2011 at 9:03 PM

While I remember it as not a typically good speech at the 1992 Republican Convention, Mr. Reagan was also 4 years removed from the Presidency.
Little Ronnie is splitting medicals hairs down to the millimeter to sell books.
What a piece of garbage.

jjshaka on January 14, 2011 at 9:03 PM

Zip it, tutu boy.

mkm19602000 on January 14, 2011 at 9:05 PM

Man, it really sucks to be Ron JR

Eren on January 14, 2011 at 9:06 PM

If a Republican with Alzheimer’s can do what Reagan did, Democrats should just give up now…

jaclynjh on January 14, 2011 at 9:07 PM

Well, he did say there were 57 states… oh wait…

woohoo on January 14, 2011 at 9:08 PM

Boy could we use Ronald these days…..

blatantblue on January 14, 2011 at 9:09 PM

President Ronald Reagan on his worst day had more common sense than the Bamster.

PS: Junior should know that Alzheimer’s generally runs in families.

slickwillie2001 on January 14, 2011 at 9:09 PM

(spit)

Seven Percent Solution on January 14, 2011 at 9:09 PM

Sit down Yoko.

29Victor on January 14, 2011 at 9:10 PM

He’s just trying to sell a few books as a fiction writer….

CynicalOptimist on January 14, 2011 at 9:11 PM

Even if we do a leap of faith and assume this to be true, why bring it up now?

SouthernGent on January 14, 2011 at 9:11 PM

The verbal and physical assaults do seen to come from the Lefties, don’t they?

What a pathetic “tribute” to come on a man’s 100th birthday anniversary from an ungrateful son.

onlineanalyst on January 14, 2011 at 9:12 PM

If Jr is correct, RR lead this country and the entire world with half his brain tied behind his back ….. that was one remarkable man. Rest in Peace President Reagan. Humanity misses you.

David in ATL on January 14, 2011 at 9:13 PM

Levi Johnston would be ashamed..

the_nile on January 14, 2011 at 9:14 PM

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same…”

Junior is a living example of the above quote. To bad he didn’t want “to do the same”.

Electrongod on January 14, 2011 at 9:14 PM

That kid is a disgrace who should have went in a condom. I cannot believe he is that spiteful of a chit to try to tarnish his dad’s legacy to please his sissy lib buddies and turn some green. Despicable.

Southernblogger on January 14, 2011 at 9:15 PM

(spit)

Seven Percent Solution on January 14, 2011 at 9:09 PM

Dude, you did that last night. Next time remember to (hawwwwwk) first.

John the Libertarian on January 14, 2011 at 9:15 PM

Tiny Dancers, Rahm and Ron. Let the music begin. ✪

TXUS on January 14, 2011 at 9:17 PM

So many ugly people on the left.

Obama looks like an amateur compared to the great RR.

CWforFreedom on January 14, 2011 at 9:17 PM

If a Republican with Alzheimer’s can do what Reagan did, Democrats should just give up now…

jaclynjh on January 14, 2011 at 9:07 PM

Good one!

mrsmwp on January 14, 2011 at 9:18 PM

Have any of you read The Reagan Diaries?

I have and Reagan does repeat himself in there a LOT. He may not have had Alzhiemer’s but I think he was starting to suffer from senility.

I say this as one who has a grandfather suffering from Alzheimer’s since 1999 and has been cared for by my family since 2002/3 and who greatly admires Reagan and MOST of what he did, minus the amnesty & a few other bits.

SgtSVJones on January 14, 2011 at 9:20 PM

Even if we do a leap of faith and assume this to be true, why bring it up now?

SouthernGent on January 14, 2011 at 9:11 PM

Something tells me if it was true, and Jr. knew it then, he wouldn’t have hesitated to blab it around. It’s not like he’s been his dad’s biggest fan over many years now.

In any event tho, Reagan will always be remembered as a true patriot, a great leader, and this nation…and the free world…were blessed to have known him. Sadly, there was only one.

JetBoy on January 14, 2011 at 9:20 PM

Junior makes me want to smack him across his puss. But, at the same time I feel a sense of deep sadness for a guy who obviously can’t handle living in the shadow of his father who was a giant and legend in his own time. It’s unfortunate that Ron Jr. never fully struck out on his own to become his own man and establish himself independent of his father, but instead traded on his father’s fame to make a living.

JimP on January 14, 2011 at 9:21 PM

Meanwhile Christopher Straightens out Ron Jr. on Terrorists
============================================================

Christopher Hitchens debates Iraq with Reagan Jr.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6d7fHvHXeiQ

canopfor on January 14, 2011 at 9:24 PM

Here’s another example of some ungrateful SOB who has no decency trying to sell a book and make a buck. I swear there must have been a crazy genetic mistake for this little swine to get the name Reagan.

PaCadle on January 14, 2011 at 9:28 PM

OT: Fox News reporting that Napilatano announces dropping the Virtual Fence project. Perhaps has been out all day and I’ve just noticed, but does anyone else think this is just a really big coincidence this was just announced?
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/01/14/napolitano-cancels-virtual-border-fence-project-proposes-alternative/?test=latestnews

humdinger on January 14, 2011 at 9:29 PM

Apparently Jr has Alzheimers. How sad.

BKeyser on January 14, 2011 at 9:01 PM

How Funny… But really, Jr. has to try and do something to take away from his Father’s great Legacy as a wonderful President… How else can Jr. make himself feel significant? It was awesome to serve while Reagan was CIC, you knew he cared for the military.

WhoU4 on January 14, 2011 at 9:29 PM

canopfor on January 14, 2011 at 9:24 PM

Good evening to you sir.

Electrongod on January 14, 2011 at 9:29 PM

Ron Jr. is a sh!t-stain on the Reagan name.

hillbillyjim on January 14, 2011 at 9:29 PM

have and Reagan does repeat himself in there a LOT. He may not have had Alzhiemer’s but I think he was starting to suffer from senility.

SgtSVJones on January 14, 2011 at 9:20 PM

Any good instructor repeats himself several times to ephasis the importance of what is being said

CynicalOptimist on January 14, 2011 at 9:29 PM

What is it about liberals that makes them think they can make outrageous, baseless claims in the face of contrary evidence, defaming good people, and expecting people to swallow it? Who does little Ronnie think he is, Paul Krugman or something?

iurockhead on January 14, 2011 at 9:30 PM

Ron still feels either resentment toward his former father for alleged emotional neglect (see Reagan PBS documentary), or he feels he has to get some cred with his “progressive” friends by dissing his dad.

Sad.

AshleyTKing on January 14, 2011 at 9:31 PM

No doubt he’ll be making the rounds on TV so they can all trash a dead man on his 100th birthday.

I’m really enjoying this new age of civility. Maybe when were done we can have an age of decency.

What a puerile little s–tbag Jr. is.

JammieWearingFool on January 14, 2011 at 9:32 PM

Ballerina boy always had it in for his family.

Valiant on January 14, 2011 at 9:33 PM

For the Palinistas and SarahCuda Republican Grizzly
Guards,another political wh*re comments,Ron Jr. that is!
=========================================================

Ron Reagan Calls Sarah Palin A “Clown” On CNN

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDR9niU2mlQ

canopfor on January 14, 2011 at 9:33 PM

What a puerile little s–tbag Jr. is.
JammieWearingFool on January 14, 2011 at 9:32 PM

Extra points for vocab

blatantblue on January 14, 2011 at 9:34 PM

What a puerile little s–tbag Jr. is.

JammieWearingFool on January 14, 2011 at 9:32 PM

Shhhhhh. If you keep the rhetoric at a level of 3, you will still get your T-shirt…just 3 weeks late.
/

Electrongod on January 14, 2011 at 9:34 PM

Enjoy a long lonely miserable life Ron, you POS.

Dash on January 14, 2011 at 9:35 PM

Ron Jr. has jioned the dark side,and besmirching and
b*stardizing his father,has given him,an unlimited
access to Lefty organizations as well as the MSM!!!!

Poor widdo Ronnie,he doesn’t know it,but Team Liberal is using him,AHEM,like a box of kleenex,just like how they
used Cindy Sheehan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on January 14, 2011 at 9:39 PM

My aunt has Alzheimer’s. It’s terrible. But it was very evident – from the beginning – that something was wrong. Something more serious than the forgetfulness that goes with aging.

To say that Reagan had Alzheimer’s while president, when those who are medical professionals say otherwise, is the height of ungratefulness and a cheap shot at one’s father who isn’t even here to defend himself.

It’s also an insult to the those currently living with Alzheimer’s, as well as their families and friends. It is an insidious disease that has taken away the life and vitality of my once so social, so talkative, so enthusiastic aunt. I wouldn’t wish this disease on my worst enemy. To put it in perspective, my mother-in-law with ALS still has her mental faculties, even if her body is failing. And what’s happening to her is – to me – preferable to Alzheimer’s because she still knows who we are and can communicate with us (albeit with difficulty).

To score political points off of such an illness as Alzheimer’s is beyond despicable to me.

englishqueen01 on January 14, 2011 at 9:40 PM

He generally had the advantage of practiced talking points backed up by staff research, but I was an unabashed, occasionally effective advocate for my own positions. ‘He told me you make him feel stupid,’ my mother once shared, to my alarm. I didn’t want my father to feel stupid. If he was going to shoulder massive responsibility, I wanted him to feel on top of his game. If he was going to fulfill his duties as president, he would have to be.”

The ballerina portrays himself as going toe-to-toe with President Reagan and shouldering the burden of making sure that Reagan was up to the task to debate the issues of the day. I am wondering which Ron Reagan this book is about: The great leader or the tiny dancer.

Mallard T. Drake on January 14, 2011 at 9:41 PM

Sadly Reagan with Alzheimers is still a far better president than most of the others.

William Amos on January 14, 2011 at 8:52 PM

A+

JellyToast on January 14, 2011 at 9:42 PM

Is it a coincidence that this comes out on Friday afternoon. Document dump to avoid backlash?

Mallard T. Drake on January 14, 2011 at 9:43 PM

His sister is even more of a halfwit than he is. If I cared, I would google her to find out whatever became of her.

juliesa on January 14, 2011 at 9:44 PM

“Surgeons opening his skull to relieve pressure on the brain emerged from the operating room with the news that they had detected what they took to be probable signs of Alzheimer’s disease.”

oh please. Alzheimer’s is not diagnosed like this. At autopsy a section of brain tissue is microscopically examined for lesions, plaques.

moron writer, moron editors…all just leftists doing what they do

r keller on January 14, 2011 at 9:44 PM

To score political points off of such an illness as Alzheimer’s is beyond despicable to me.

englishqueen01 on January 14, 2011 at 9:40 PM

Sadly this is personal and has nothing to do with politics. This sad and pathetic little man has nothing but his anger and daddy issues.

darwin-t on January 14, 2011 at 9:44 PM

Thank you allah for running this thread. The icing on the cake would be if Ron Jr. read these comments, but then again, he probably already knows what he has sunk to here…sad.

churchill995 on January 14, 2011 at 9:45 PM

The liberal politics of smear, courtesy of his own son. This is truly sad.

unclesmrgol on January 14, 2011 at 9:46 PM

Have any of you read The Reagan Diaries?
I have and Reagan does repeat himself in there a LOT. He may not have had Alzhiemer’s but I think he was starting to suffer from senility

I have the book and anyone who has read it knows it was an edited copy. The actual diaries are volumes of work.

There was a lot of repeated things because he was dealing with the same issues, over and over; Congress, Russia, Libya, Europe.

Finally about his diary: only TWO presidents kept a diary during their time in office, including the present occupant (no, one wasn’t Clinton): Thomas Jefferson and Ronald Reagan. He made an entry EVERY day.

Logically, think about it: would a man suffering from Alzheimer’s remember to make an entry every day for eight years?

itsspideyman on January 14, 2011 at 9:46 PM

Oedipus complex. Full blast.

BKennedy on January 14, 2011 at 9:47 PM

Did Junior just buy a new house or something? He appears to be a desperate boy looking for a quick buck. Pathetic. Shame on him.

redwhiteblue on January 14, 2011 at 9:47 PM

Isn’t Alzheimer’s hereditary?

Karma can be quite a you-know-what, Ron.

Disturb the Universe on January 14, 2011 at 9:47 PM

“Some voters were beginning to imagine grandpa—who can never find his reading glasses—in charge of a bristling nuclear arsenal, and it was making them nervous. Worse, my father now seemed to be giving them legitimate reason for concern.”

i’m not drilling down on anything, but this is another ultra stupid quote. can’t find his reading glassed? are you efing kidding me???? what a half-wit moron

r keller on January 14, 2011 at 9:49 PM

I think Junior is showing very early signs of Alzheimer’s. Junior remembers things that did not happen! Although it seems all liberals have this symptom! This may be the start of an epidemic. Oh my…

vulcannomad on January 14, 2011 at 9:50 PM

Poor, Ron. A flighty little fellow who had to grow up in the shadow of a giant. That couldn’t have been easy for a fellow who tilted Nancy boy (no slam on the real Nancy). My guess is that he regrets his foray into the world of ballet to this day. It is such a dividing line between him and his real man Dad. Don’t bark! I know not all male ballet dancers are gay but Ron Reagan, Rahm Emanuel…come on!

Mason on January 14, 2011 at 9:52 PM

How that wonderful man had such a prick liberal for a son, I’ll never know. His best kid was the adopted one.

KSgop on January 14, 2011 at 8:50 PM

.
Are we absolutely, positively sure Ron, Jr isn’t the adopted one?

mrt721 on January 14, 2011 at 9:54 PM

itsspideyman on January 14, 2011 at 9:46 PM

And don’t you think it would be obvious when you read it?It would be a lot worse than repeating topics.

Southernblogger on January 14, 2011 at 9:56 PM

Wonder if we will see a statement from Patti Davis on this?

Del Dolemonte on January 14, 2011 at 9:57 PM

Wow, Ron noticed signs of Alzheimers in the President clear back in 1984 but he couldn’t find his way to the publisher until 2011?
Sounds like Ron jr. might be showing a few symptoms now too. Could be serious.
Funny thing, some Marxist thug like Castro will be a brilliant leader no matter how long he lives but Reagan, well, I’m surprised they didn’t say he was showing signs of senility when he was in his 20′s.

JellyToast on January 14, 2011 at 9:57 PM

Maybe it is payback for finding out his dad was wearing a condom when he was conceived.

Southernblogger on January 14, 2011 at 10:01 PM

Even if we do a leap of faith and assume this to be true, why bring it up now?

SouthernGent on January 14, 2011 at 9:11 PM

As others have said, how sad. Even if it ture why would a son say such a thing. I thought Jr. was a creep when his father was in office and I guess I was right.

whbates on January 14, 2011 at 10:02 PM

Ah, a retrospective on the Reagan presidency seen through the eyes of a petulant ballerina.

Ron Jr. has a chronic case of camel-toe, that’s my medical diagnosis and it’s no less authoritative than his specious claim.

Geochelone on January 14, 2011 at 10:03 PM

This is just another way to bash Sarah and the right. Why not the son of the best example of what a Conservatives is to do it.
Just look she quoted a senile old fool and all those who worship the senile old man need to go away. This senile old man was so out of it and any one who liked him are all fools.

What does Micheal Reagan think of this.

tjexcite on January 14, 2011 at 10:05 PM

Ron must need money. All I ever remember him doing was getting paid for bashing his dad.

JellyToast on January 14, 2011 at 10:06 PM

His sister is even more of a halfwit than he is. If I cared, I would google her to find out whatever became of her.

juliesa on January 14, 2011 at 9:44 PM

They are both probably living off the money their Farther made while living.

whbates on January 14, 2011 at 10:06 PM

So this is the mischief that little Ronnie is up to now?

Last time I saw Junior, he was on Animal Planet doing a great job doing commentary for Dog Shows. I am not kidding.e

Until the Dems discovered him as a ‘useful idiot,’ Dog Show impressario was the high point of Ron’s professional life.

If he weren’t such a vindictive, envious little twit, I’d almost feel sorry for him.

marybel on January 14, 2011 at 10:06 PM

Awwww … does poor lil junior need some attention again?

besser tot als rot on January 14, 2011 at 10:06 PM

Barely hidden subtitle:
“Maybe this is part of the reason my dad was such a crappy President”

eeyore on January 14, 2011 at 10:08 PM

Has Ron ever dated Kathy Griffin?

JellyToast on January 14, 2011 at 10:10 PM

President Reagan was thrown from a horse and struck his head after leaving office. Such incidents often lead to brain “issues,” and such issues often lead to Alzheimer’s. It certainly appears that young Ron is less interested in his father’s life than in scoring points with fellow travelers.

DrMagnolias on January 14, 2011 at 10:13 PM

What does this do to Nancy, I wonder?

Knucklehead on January 14, 2011 at 10:14 PM

Honor your father.

ted c on January 14, 2011 at 10:14 PM

And don’t you think it would be obvious when you read it?It would be a lot worse than repeating topics.

Southernblogger on January 14, 2011 at 9:56 PM

+100

Excellent point… didn’t think of it. :)

itsspideyman on January 14, 2011 at 10:17 PM

Weasel.

tree hugging sister on January 14, 2011 at 10:18 PM

How sad. Anything to sell a book.

JavelinaBomb on January 14, 2011 at 10:20 PM

It’s really sad to see Ron Reagan’s early onset of Alzheimer’s

J_Crater on January 14, 2011 at 10:21 PM

President and Mrs. Reagan really should have named this kid Richard.

The Lone Platypus on January 14, 2011 at 10:44 PM

It’s bad enough that he’s building a career off refuting the legacy of the man who is responsible for everything he is. That’s contemptible, but at least understandable. The phenomenon of rich liberals being born from an environment of great wealth without having a clue how that wealth is created is well understood. The guilt obsesses a certain mind. Why should the House of Reagan be immune?

But this Oedipal complex is really going over the top now. Not only is Alzheimer’s not diagnosable by a “feeling in my heart” from a non-doctor a decade before recognizable symptoms, but I think we can safely assume that if the Gipper had Alzheimer’s, it would have been the centerpiece of one of his son’s periodic immolations.

HitNRun on January 14, 2011 at 10:45 PM

“Surgeons opening his skull to relieve pressure on the brain emerged from the operating room with the news that they had detected what they took to be probable signs of Alzheimer’s disease.”

Well that kind of gives away the whole show right there. If the surgery occured (and the post suggests it didn’t) they would have done studies before the operation (a CT scan for example) which might have shown some age-related atrophy. That in combination with a history of symptoms common with Alzheimer’s Dz MAY suggest Alzheimer’s.

But they wouldn’t have just started drilling a hole in his head without tests, and they certainly wouldn’t have found
“probable signs of Alzheimer’s” during surgery.

So the image of concerned doctors walking out of the OR, heads hung low, voices hushed with concern about that “finding during the operation” is at best a small fabrication for dramatic effect, and at worse a bald-faced lie.

But certainly surgery like that would have left a significant scar. What does Nancy have to say about that operation?

DrAllecon on January 14, 2011 at 10:49 PM

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