The late President Reagan‘s daughter, Patti Davis, spilled the beans on her 1992 book.
Appearing Monday on Hallmark Channel’s daytime talk show Home & Family, she plugged her new book, The Wit and Wisdom of Gracie, written from a dog’s perspective. In other words, her pug, Gracie, who also appeared on the show. (Reagan felt dogs were important members of the family and personally trained the dogs.)
Then she discusses the troublesome 1992 autobiography, The Way I See It, (5:30 mark). She says she no longer includes it on her website. Patti also talks about her father’s Alzheimer’s Disease and the miraculous final moments before he died. (6:05 mark). The book talked about her mother’s infamous addiction to prescription pills and the way her father seemed to pretend it wasn’t happening.*
“I don’t want anybody to read that book,” she said of her autobiography. “…When I started writing that, I had gotten to the point of realizing that you have to understand who your parents are and where they came from … in order to forgive them, in order to move on.”
At the end of Reagan’s life, Patti says she felt she was forgiven for the ways she hurt him — even in the silence of not voicing anything. She also saw a miracle. She said his eyes hadn’t opened in a week and hadn’t been blue in about a year. She says he woke up, his eyes were blue. He looked at her mother and then he died.
What’s the most important thing Gracie says?
“I’m very passionate about the issue of wolves these days,” says Patti, talking about the massive slaughter of wolves in Idaho. …”The wolf pack is everything. They will die for one of their pack members.”