In today’s world, Kanye and Kim define #RelationshipGoals. While their relationship may seem like a dream to some, here at FFL we know there are better couples to look up to. The Reagans are highly admired by most Republicans, and for good reason. Ronald and Nancy Reagan’s marriage is an example of what true love looks like. They were always together, and you could frequently catch them holding hands or gazing lovingly at each other. In some aspects, their relationship seemed too good to be true. But their devotion to each other never wavered. Ronald would frequently write love letters to Nancy. In one letter he wrote to her on their 31st wedding anniversary he said, “I more than love you, I’m not whole without you. You are life itself to me. When you are gone, I’m waiting for you to return so I can start living again.” If that isn’t proof of their true love, I don’t know what is. So in honor of Valentine’s Day, let’s look at 10 times Ronald and Nancy were what #RelationshipGoals really look like.
1. Ronald and Nancy were both actors in the 1940s.
In 1949, Nancy noticed that her name was on the Hollywood blacklist as a communist sympathizer. She was not a communist, but the listing was for a different actress with the same name. She decided to reach out to the President of the Screen Actors Guild, Ronald Reagan, for help. They were immediately attracted to each other, and dated for three years before Ronald proposed to her. They celebrated their marriage on March 4th, 1952.
2. They were both fiercely devoted to their family.
Nancy gave birth to their first child, Patricia, in 1952. She starred in a few more movies and television shows, but eventually gave up her acting career to focus on raising the family. Their second child, Ronald P. Reagan was born in 1958.
3. Ronald and Nancy were known for always being close to one another.
They hated to be apart from each other, even for a short amount of time. Ronald once said about her, “Nancy can make me lonely just by leaving the room.”
4. During his campaigns, Nancy became famous for “The Gaze.”
Anytime Ronald was speaking, she could be seen watching him with a look of pure adoration in her eyes.
5. Their love never faded with time.
“The nicest thing a girl ever did for me was when a girl named Nancy married me and brought a warmth and joy to my life that has grown with each passing year.” – Ronald Reagan.
6. Although his position as President was important to him, Nancy was more important.
While taking the oath of office, President Reagan said, “Dear First Lady, as President of the United States, it is my honor and privilege to cite you for service above and beyond the call of duty in that you have made one man (me) the most happy man in the world for 29 years.”
7. Even through tough times, Ronald and Nancy leaned on each other for support.
When someone attempted to assassinate President Reagan, Nancy became his caretaker. When Nancy had to have a mastectomy due to a small cancerous lesion, Ronald was right by her side. After she woke up from surgery, Ronald is quoted saying, “Honey, I know you don’t feel like dancing. So let’s hold hands.”
8. Ronald and Nancy were truly a team.
Ronald consulted with her on many political decisions, such as making Jim Baker his Chief of Staff. Baker once said Ronald Reagan would have never become president without her. She was fiercely protective of him, and made sure the people around him had his best interest at heart. She would frequently go to the “outside world” to see how her husband’s moves were received by the people. She is considered today as one of the most powerful First Ladies of modern times.
9. They were still attracted to each other, even after being married for over 30 years.
Ronald once said, “It does take quite a man to remain attractive and to be loved by a woman who has heard him snore, seen him unshaven, tended him while he was sick, and washed his dirty underwear. Do that and keep her still feeling a warm glow and you will know some very beautiful music.”
10. Finally, they knew that what they had was special.
Ronald described their marriage as “an adolescent’s dream of what a marriage should be.” Nancy once said, “Everything just fell into place with Ronnie and me. We completed each other.” They were both extremely dedicated to each other, and they never stopped loving one another.
Ronald and Nancy Reagan are truly #RelationshipGoals. They are an example of what undying love looks like. I hope each of you can find a man that will love you like Ronald loved Nancy. I’ll leave you with a quote from a letter Ronald wrote to Nancy on Valentine’s Day.
“February 14 may be the date they observe and call Valentine’s Day, but that is for people of only ordinary luck. I happen to have a Valentine’s life, which started on March 4, 1952, and will continue as long as I have you.”