Ron Reagan, Jr. to discuss controversial book, claim father had Alzheimer’s in office at UCSD

Ron Reagan, Jr. will give a lecture at UCSD on January 26th, 2011, at The Neurosciences Institute. Reagan is best known for espousing liberal viewpoints and hosting dog shows.  He is slated to discuss his new book, My Father at 100, and President Reagan’s centennial birthday.

This event is one of many that comprise the Revelle Forum Lectures Series, which is a project of UCSD’s Extension program.

The Revelle Forum website details the event with Reagan:

February 6, 2011, is the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth. To mark the occasion, Ron Reagan has written,My Father at 100,, an intimate look at his father’s life told from the perspective of someone who knew him better than any friend or colleague. As Ron grew up, he observed the very qualities that made the future president a powerful leader. Yet for all of their shared experiences, there was much that Ron never knew about his father’s past, and in My Father at 100, he sets out to understand this beloved, if often enigmatic, figure. President Reagan came to personify the values of an older America, and Ron Reagan traces the sources of these values in his father’s early years in a heartfelt portrait of the man and his country.

Location: Neurosciences Institute, 10640 John Jay Hopkins Dr., La Jolla. Please arrive early. Advance registration strongly advised. Registration fee is $25, please refer to section ID 080748. Registration for this event is available by calling 858-882-8000. To receive information on upcoming Revelle Forum events, please e-mail us at RevelleForum@ucsd.edu.

If you want to see Ron Reagan, Jr., it does not come cheap. The event costs $25 dollars to attend.

Interestingly enough, Ron Reagan, Jr. recently came under fire from half-brother Michael Reagan for his memoir.  My Father at 100 purports that President Reagan suffered from Alzheimer’s disease during his presidency. USA Today reports the following below:

In a new book — and an interview on ABC’s 20/20 — President Ronald Reagan’s son says he saw evidence of his father’s Alzheimer’s disease back during his years in the White House.

“There was just something that was off, I couldn’t quite put my finger on it,” Ron Reagan said in 20/20 interview airing Friday night.

The younger Reagan said his father often didn’t seem sharp during their political debates. At another point, Ron Reagan saw his father read from note cards as he made phone calls.

“It wasn’t like oh my God he doesn’t remember he’s President,” Reagan said. “You know, it was just — I had an inkling something was going on.”

In wake of this claim, Michael Reagan has condemned his half-brother’s book. Reagan issued a statement to Fox Nation on January 14th regarding it:

“Ron was an embarrassment to his father when he was alive and today he became an embarrassment to his mother.”

Washington Post staff writer Manuel Roig-Franzia writes that Reagan, Jr.’s memoir has been dismissed by renowned Reagan biographer, Edmund Morris:

Reaganites and Reagan watchers are reacting with varying levels of disbelief and rage. Edmund Morris, the biographer, says in an interview that he doubts the claim in part because Reagan’s daily diaries are as “clearly expressed and well-written” at the end of his presidency as at the beginning.

“I never saw any signs of dementia. What I did see was a very old man and a very tired man,” Morris says.

It is a shameful (although unsurprising) that UCSD would endorse Reagan, Jr.’s claim that President Reagan suffered from Alzheimer’s during his presidency. (Coincidence much?)

Ron Reagan, Jr. is not representative of what President Reagan stood for. This event will skew President Reagan’s image and reputation as a conservative icon and beloved American president. As a result, liberals cannot be trusted with President Reagan.