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Gallery: The Many Friends of Ronald Reagan

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photo of Julia Edwards
February 5, 2011


Ronald Reagan’s memory may have deserted him at the end of his life, but the man we remember left a legacy of remembering the individual. Reagan pioneered the use of American stories in State of the Union addresses, celebrated his fellow entertainers, and, as seen here hugging former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev on his first visit to the U.S. since the fall of the Soviet Union, even embraced world leaders he had opposed.

A Star Among Stars: President Reagan greets the king of pop, Michael Jackson, in Washington on May 14, 1984, during an awareness campaign against drinking and driving.

Political Soul Mates: President Reagan and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Reagan once called Thatcher, "The best man in England." Thatcher called Reagan, "The second-most-important man in my life."

Bringing the Silver Screen to the Hill: Reagan, in his charismatic tone, said, "Never has there been a more exciting time to be alive—a time of rousing wonder and heroic achievement. As they said in the film Back to the Future, 'Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.' "

Among the Saints: The president and first lady Nancy Reagan bid farewell to Mother Teresa, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, at the end of her visit to the White House in May 1981.



The Grand Good-bye: The funeral procession for Reagan included a horse-drawn procession down Constitution Avenue. Reagan was 93 when he died at his home in Bel Air, Calif., after a 10-year battle with Alzheimer's disease. 

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