Remarks at a Luncheon
Honoring Nancy Reagan at the Republican National Convention in
Mrs. Reagan. Well, wait till I tell my husband about this. [Laughter] Maureen, you really did surprise me -- everything. I was told that this was going to be a surprise luncheon. I was not to ask any questions, which I didn't, so that I never knew what exactly was going to happen. But really, I do thank you. Thank you. And I want to thank Rich Little, my good friend, and Barbara Cook, who was so wonderful and sang my favorite song, and everybody who spoke up here so nicely about me. I appreciate it so much. And all these wonderful kids -- I mean, you were the topping on the cake. And the contribution, of course, was -- I never, never expected -- the whole thing has been a big, big surprise.
now, if I can come down to Earth for a minute here. You know, obviously, this
convention is a very warm and nostalgic one for my husband and me. We can't
help but think of previous conventions and all the remarkable people that we've
met over the years. So many memories come flooding back:
But you know, there are cycles and rhythms to life. There are times to enter, times to stay, and times to leave. And today the curtain begins to close on the Reagan era of the Republican Party. We've had a wonderful run. But the time has come for the Bushes to step into the political leading roles, and for the Reagans to step into the wings. And that's as it should be.
our two terms together, George and Bar have been
totally supportive and helpful and gracious. And they have our gratitude and
affection. My husband couldn't have selected a better Vice President than
George Bush. He's a man of integrity and conscience and loyalty -- qualities
that aren't always in great abundance in
So, I want to thank George and Bar for that letter that they sent also. And I want to thank all of you here and so many others who aren't here, who have stood by us over these past 8 years. I can't tell you how important it is to know that you have friends. So, to my friends, I say a very heartfelt thank you. Thank you very much.
Reagan. We have one more surprise for you. It wouldn't be complete to pay a
tribute to the First Lady of the
The President. I came over on such short notice that I haven't had a chance to read my remarks yet. [Laughter] But the speechwriters usually do a pretty good job, so I'll just begin.
I've known the guest of honor for many years. [Laughter] Well, yes, that's true. [Laughter] She was once one of the original members of the Reagan inner circle -- [laughter] -- well, I can't dispute that -- [laughter] -- who's been involved in some of the most delicate White House matters, such as high-level staff -- maybe I better do this by myself. [Laughter]
In fact, I've been thinking
for several days about what exactly I wanted to say today and how to put
think it's all too common in marriages that, no matter how much partners love
each other, they don't thank each other enough. And I suppose I don't thank
Mrs. Reagan. Oh, dear!
The President. You going to puddle up?
Mrs. Reagan. Yes.
Note: Mrs. Reagan spoke
at in Hall A at the