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Sat Mar 12, 2016, 02:14 PM

I wonder if Hillary had seen this?

The Reagan administration's response to the AIDS crisis was absolutely apalling, no question about that! And I was shocked to read that Hillary had chosen to bring up that particular issue, of all issues, in her words of praise for Nancy Reagan.

But I am wondering whether Hillary (or her people) had seen this PBS show (linked below), or had read what Ron Reagan Jr had said about his mother on AIDS (linked below):

Historian Allida Black:
"Ronald Reagan didn't say the word 'AIDS' until 1987, and that was after Rock Hudson admitted that he had AIDS. At that point, 37,000 Americans had been diagnosed and 21,000 Americans had died....
I am profoundly convinced that Rock Hudson's, and later Roy Cohn's, diagnosis, both of whom were very close friends of Nancy Reagan, encouraged her to force the president and the Secretary of Health to in fact respond to the requests for additional research."

Ron Reagan:
"I spoke to him (President Reagan); she (Nancy Reagan) spoke to him, about, you know, 'You're, maybe you're not understanding just how bad this is. How widespread it is. Maybe your people aren't telling you what you need to know about this.' When Rock Hudson ended up with AIDS--somebody that they knew, somebody from the Hollywood community, somebody they liked--all of a sudden, now it's real. Now it isn't just some abstract thing out there.... So if you could personalize an issue, either because of a tragedy, like Rock Hudson's, or in some other way, that was the way you got to him. And she was well aware of that, of course."
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/nancy-reagan/2011/01/other-headline-9.html

Ron Reagan:
"I don't think I was really able to persuade him much on issues. And for the most part, no, I don't think the things we disagreed about we just continued to disagree about. No, I can't come up with one. I can say that my mother and I both began talking to him about the AIDS crisis at a certain point when we realized that the administration just really was kind of dragging its feet on this and ignoring what was going on. So, we talked to him about that and tried to explain how serious this was. Whether that was responsible for the administration kind of getting it together about AIDS, I don't know. But, certainly made the effort."
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-goodman/1on1-with-ron-reagan-jr_b_819346.html


This is not to say that Nancy Reagan did help start a national conversation about AIDS. Far from it.
But maybe she was trying to do a little more behind the scenes than she has been getting credit for. (Admittedly, too little, too late!)

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TheDormouse Mar 2016 OP
still_one Mar 2016 #1
BlueMTexpat Mar 2016 #2
Jackie Wilson Said Mar 2016 #3
TheDormouse Mar 2016 #5
Hoyt Mar 2016 #4
Change has come Mar 2016 #6

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Sat Mar 12, 2016, 02:19 PM

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Response to TheDormouse (Original post)

Sat Mar 12, 2016, 02:21 PM

2. Thank you for your efforts, Dormouse.

These are points some of us have been trying to make, not as well as you, I admit. Some of us have been vilified as a result.

No one sane could consider the Reagan Admin a champion in the fight against AIDS in any way.

But they did finally begin - much too little and much too late - and Nancy played a role in why they did.

I used to believe that it is only with Republicans that facts don't matter. I have been greatly disillusioned with DU lately.



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Sat Mar 12, 2016, 02:22 PM

3. The important lesson here is yet more proof that those who lean

to the right will not cooperate with something until they need it.

Whether that be research, providing food for the poor, healthcare, etc.

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Response to Jackie Wilson Said (Reply #3)

Sat Mar 12, 2016, 02:52 PM

5. sad to say, very true nt

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Response to TheDormouse (Original post)

Sat Mar 12, 2016, 02:36 PM

4. I trust Ron Reagan on this, but fear he too will be thrown under the bus. I definitely wouldn't

credit Nancy R much, but I suspect she did try to some degree. Whatever, that whole period is quite ugly and sad.

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