Superstitious American Presidents-Part II

Continuing our previous article on superstitious POTUS, we discuss the following:

IV—Ronald Reagan

On March 30, 1981, President Ronald Reagan suffered an assassination attempt near the White House that almost cost him his life. When he was referred to George Washington University Hospital, the physicians at the Emergency Room could not find his wound and he was bleeding to death. Fortunately, there was an intern who had served in the Vietnam War and recognized a tiny, jagged slit on the side of his chest as the entry wound (there was no exit wound) Reagan barely made it that day.

Note. This image of President Ronald Reagan was taken from Wikimedia Images.

Some days later, Merv Griffin (a TV entertainer, and media mogul) who was also a longtime friend of Nancy Reagan, called her and told her that his San Francisco astrologer had identified March 30 as a dangerous day for her much beloved Ronni. Nancy Reagan hung up and immediately called Joan Quigley, the astrologer. They immediately connected so well that Nancy decided to hire her for her counsel. She was not an ignoramus. As the daughter of a hotel owner, she lived in the tony Nob Hill neighborhood of San Francisco and was educated at Vassar College. She had published two books on Astrology and appeared on TV.

President Ronald Reagan considered this attempt as a wakeup call to pursue an aggressive social reform agenda domestically and to push the Soviet Union for its extinction. In the featured image of this article we show you the sarcastic mural of a left-over section of the Berlin Wall that our son Gian Luca took here years ago. But Nancy was totally submerged in gloom and bad thoughts, which tortured her. Ronald Reagan had his own amulet: lucky cufflinks, miniature gold calendar pages that marked their wedding date with purple stones. Nancy wanted to keep Quigley with a retainer fee and pay her by the hour: the astrologer demanded a U$3000 retainer fee (U$9000 at today’s valuation of the currency) and to be paid by the hour.

In a comprehensive New York Post article, Mary Kay Linge said: “The two spoke on weekends, when the Reagans relaxed at Camp David. Nancy gave Quigley the president’s proposed schedules—a stunning security breach—and the astrologer designated good and bad days for travel and public events. Soon she was weighing in on political questions too, like the most auspicious date for a State of the Union address.” In 1985 Quigley ran the astral chart of the incoming Soviet Union’s First Secretary  Mikhail Gorbachev and compared it to President Reagan’ s one: she found that there were “good vibes” between them. To cover this backstage maneuvering , there had to be an enabler: Michael Deaver, one of the three closest Reagan’s aides.

Before the President’s schedule was set, it had to be screened and vetted by the Astrologer Quigley and Nancy Reagan herself, while James Baker, Chief of Staff, looked the other way. This went on for the rest of Reagan’s first presidency. The second term brought Donald Regan as Secretary of the Treasure and he disliked Nancy Reagan. From day one, she plotted to have him fired and, after the Iran-Contra affair came to public light, she got her chance. As vengeance, he authored a book where he exposed the workings of Astrologer Quigley. Nancy’s reputation plunged in the public view, but she was never apologetic for defending her husband like that.

V—Barack Obama

The 44th President of the United States believed, since he first appeared in the Chicago political scene, that he had to shoot basketball hoops before any election. He confirmed that when he did not do it, like in Primaries held New Hampshire and Nevada, he lost badly to his opponents. He quickly reverted to his old superstitious habit before the Primaries of Iowa and South Carolina, which he handily won.

Note. This image of President Barack Obama was taken from Wikimedia Images.

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