Peggy Grande, author of 'The President Will See You Now,' keynote speaker, specialty project consultant, and former executive assistant to President Ronald Reagan, joined Fox News Radio's Guy Benson to discuss her memories of George H.W. Bush.
On the planning of a presidential funeral: So much planning goes into it behind the scenes. At times it's a little bit awkward. You can imagine having to walk into President Reagan's office and say, 'Mr. President let's talk about your funeral,' a little bit of an awkward moment. It's something that is essential to be done and every president and first lady has a plan that starts being put in place right when they enter office. It's something that's revisited to change the reflection of their wishes and as their time in their presidency and their age advances sometimes they have different choices they would like to make. So, it is something that is revisited. There certainly is a lot of family support and input, but also there is an element of it that is very ceremonial and prescribed by the military district of Washington and certainly is open to adjustment as the president wishes. (2:35)
On the relationship between Reagan and Bush: He had the utmost respect for President Bush. He knew that unless you were sitting in the Oval Office itself you did not have access to all the information that the sitting president did. So, he was very mindful, especially since George Bush had served as his Vice President, to not backseat drive the presidency and to not second guess that. He and President Bush were in close contact by phone and written correspondents. They kept up regularly. (7:42)
On Reagan's perspective on how Bush handled the fall of the Berlin Wall: Ronald Reagan was very humble about it. He believed it was never about him. He always believed that when people got a taste of freedom they couldn't help but want more. So, while the world did attribute in so many ways the fall of the wall to Ronald Reagan he would always defer that credit to the German people themselves. Just like George Bush was comfortable in many ways letting that credit go to Ronald Reagan because he believed it wasn't about credit. It was about freedom. Both of them I think saw the bigger picture. (12:20)