NEW YORK (AP)  —  Ronald Reagan’s son suggests in a new book that his father suffered from the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s disease while he was still in the White House.

The U.S. News & World Report quotes excerpts from Ron Reagan’s book “My Father at 100” in which Reagan’s son says he believes his father would have left office had the disease been diagnosed then.

The younger Reagan recalls how his father became uncharacteristically lost for words and looked “bewildered” during the 1984 presidential debates. He says his father may have suspected Alzheimer’s in 1986 when he was flying over familiar canyons north of Los Angeles and could no longer remember their names.

White House doctors have said they saw no evidence of the disease while he was president. He was diagnosed in 1994, five years after leaving office.

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Comments (7)
  1. Eric says:

    I can’t believe that this news would surprise anyone.

  2. Joan says:

    Absolutely NO News here!!! The “signs” were obvious to a layman!!
    No question the dr’s knew about it…… question….”mum” was the norm…at the time…..knew it was covered-up then…..why the “hint” of it now? Rediculous……We’re not ALL IDIOTS!!!

  3. Joan says:

    No moderation necessary…..facts are facts…whether admitted publically or not!!!

  4. Jim Gates says:

    half these old people in office now probally have alzeimers the way they are running the country.

  5. manateeeater says:

    I believe that it is a given that he had diagonsable Alzheimer’s disease while President. A more interesting question is who knew or suspected he was ill before he ran for a second term, and what their responsibilities should have been.

  6. Bill says:

    I’m no fan of Reagan, but in his first term he was scaring us all with his “evil empire” talk. During his second term he made nice with the USSR and started a major nuclear disarmament. If that’s Alzheimer’s, I’ll look for more leaders in the old age home!

  7. dre says:

    I think the ballerina is just trying to stay relevant, so he puts a book out…get a job you bum….fruit cake

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