Gretchen's Take

Gretchen's Take: The Reagan's remind us of a simpler time

Their modesty is a contrast to how fierce the GOP has become


Much has been made during the latest GOP Presidential process which candidate might be most like Ronald Reagan; a President with such charisma and charm.

I had the honor of meeting him in the Oval Office when I was a student at Stanford University. I'll never forget him saying to me, “Wow. Great school, It's a shame its getting so liberal".

All these years later traveling across the country for my book "Getting Real", I was honored again to see firsthand the life the Reagan's shared, visiting and speaking at the Reagan Library in California.

But for all the pomp and circumstance you'd think would come with being President of the United States, where you truly get the "real story" about the Reagan’s is at the Reagan Ranch in Santa Barbara.

There, the modest way the Reagan's chose to live.

The clothes still in the closet as he left them 20 years ago. The focus on their relationship -- not material things.

Remembering Mrs. Reagan takes us back to a simpler time. A time now, where the infighting within the GOP has grown so fierce, maybe we wish we were still there.