Proverbs says, “He who finds a wife finds a good thing.” Reagan scored a home run when he married Nancy – a woman who was 100% in his corner, encouraging her Ronnie to be all he could be. Nancy epitomized what God had in mind when He said regarding man, “I will make him a help-meet.”
I recall one of the Reagan’s children saying about their parents, “They only need each other.”
I have always related to President Reagan’s and Nancy’s marriage because like Reagan, God has blessed me with a remarkable wife. Forty years ago, Mary and I endured persecution for our interracial marriage. After all these years, we are still happiest when we’re together. As a singer/songwriter, 20 years ago, I wrote Mary a song titled “When I Look in Your Eyes.”
Nancy relentlessly and faithfully defended and protected her husband; my wife does the same.
Years ago, a Secret Service agent shared a story that inspired me to write a song about Reagan titled “Ronnie Stayed the Same.” The Secret Service agent said he and Reagan had returned from horseback riding. After riding, Reagan usually took care of his horse. Suffering with Alzheimer’s, Reagan could not remember the procedure. Seeing the hurt on his agent’s face, Reagan said, “Don’t worry about it. It’s okay.”
Despite all of his major accomplishments, it never seemed to go to Reagan’s head. Reagan stayed the same man who cared about regular Americans and was kind to his staff.
The late Dave Smith, who worked for Reagan, told me the president loved to tell him jokes.
In honor of the Reagans, I offer my tribute, “Ronnie Stayed the Same.”