Marco Rubio Saves Former First Lady Nancy Reagan in Fall

Bookmark and Share  On Tuesday at the Reagan Library, before Senator Marco Rubio delivered a powerful speech on the role of government in our lives, he escorted former First Lady Nancy Reagan down a long aisle in between the packed to capacity audience.  Along the way, the First Lady, frail and walking with a cane, misstepped and was falling until Senator Rubio caught her and safely brought her back to her feet (see the video below).

Mrs. Reagan is now 90 years old and not very long ago endured hip surgery, so one can easily understand how this happened with the First Lady.  Thankfully though, Senator Rubio truly saved the day.  Had a a person with slower reaction been escorting the First Lady, it could have been a much different story.  But the real story here is the calmness and coolness of Rubio immediately after the incident.

As if there wasn’t already enough pressure on Rubio knowing that the eyes of the political world were on him during this, his first major speech outside of his home state of Florida and the confines of Washington, D.C., and just moments before he was to deliver his speech, the First Lady who he was escorting, collapses and he catches her in his arms.  That is enough to fluster, if not jolt anyone.  Yet Rubio proved that there is not much which rattles him.  Once he was at the podium, you never would have known what had just happened.

During the live simulcast of the speech, the camera filming the event was in a fixed position, so it did not capture the moment, but other sources did.    See for yourself how Rubio handled the incident.  Now I am favorably prone to Marco Rubio, so I don’t want to call him a hero who saved the day by saving the former First Lady from certain injury.  Others could have easily done the same.  But few others would have been able to refocus and deliver the type of speech he gave, quite as well.  For a young freshman Senator, Rubio is already more seasoned than most.  This was just an another example of that fact.

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Honoring President Ronald Reagan on the 100th Anniversary of His Birth

Bookmark and Share On this day, 100 years ago, was a born a man who loved God, family and country. He was born into a family with little money, an alcoholic father, and many struggles. Yet through it all, he pulled himself up by the bootstraps and became an American hero who rose to give birth to a movement and to rejuvenate a nation, its people and their spirits.

On this day 100 years ago was born Ronald Wilson Reagan, a man whose life spanned three careers and then took him on a political ride that went fromgoverning the state of California, to governing our nation. Throughout his long journey to the White House, Reagan carried with him the values of conservative republicanism and when he finally arrived, he turned them in to mainstream values . And in doing so he created an army of soldiers bound together by a common cause that unleashed the private sector, rebuilt our economy, strengthened our defenses, established a new federalism and allowed government to be refocused on the states.

Ronald Reagan achieved much during his two terms as President, but his greatest success was restoring our nation’s people with a sense of hope and pride that had begun to slip away from us. It was the values, leadership, personality and moral character of Ronald Reagan which reminded us all that America can face any challenge, overcome any enemy and achieve any goal, so long as we were willing to roll up our sleeves and set our minds to it.

Reagan came to us at a time of great need. With our economy crumbling, Americans held hostage to Islamic radicals, the Cold War in full swing and our Soviet adversaries marching full steam ahead, divine-like providence timed his rise to power to coincide with the rise to power of a unique mix of critical players on the world stage. With people like Pope John Paul II, Lec Walesa, Margaret Thatcher, and Mikhail Gorbachev, the timing of Ronald Reagans presidency provided the type of backbone which only the United States could provide. Reagans unique, confident, and bold leadership gave America the ability to combine the leadership of all these great figures and thereby and bring about the fall of Communism and the liberation of tens of millions. And it was Ronald Reagan who was the catalyst for those achievements.

So on this day, White House 2012 asks that you join with us and millions of other Americans in reflecting on the greatness that was Reagan and reaffirming the political leadership, and conservative values that he proved to be the key to our success as a nation and Party. Today we ask that all of us try to live up to the standards and examples that Ronald Reagan set for us forevermore.

In honor of this occasion, White House 2012 offers to you three video contributions to the memory of our beloved President Reagan. The first is a tribute. The second is a jovial and endearing record of his great sense of humor and wit and seeing as how this site is dedicated to selecting the next Republican nominee for President, the last vide is a very historical documentation of Reagans 1980 acceptance speech of the Republican presidential nomination at the 1980 Republican National Convention.

I hope you enjoy them.


The Humor of Ronald Reagan

Reagan’s 1980 Nomination Acceptance Speech

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