Peggy Noonan wrote a followup piece to her earlier column on snippets of experiences during the Reagan funeral week. Everything from a sense of loss of the old, stirring music that we heard once more to the amazing response of average Americans across the country to the loss of Reagan. I have a hard time believing that when Clinton dies, people will stand in silence in restaurants in Anchorage as his coffin is lowered to the ground. They didn’t do it for Nixon either (the only other president whose died in my memory).
Reagan was special, no doubt about it, not the least because of his ability to engender such feelings in people like Peggy Noonan or the hundreds of thousands who waited to enter the Capitol rotunda.