Ron Reagan: Mom Nancy's love created 'the Ronald Reagan we all came to know'

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Ron Reagan Remembers His Mother, Nancy Reagan: 'She Knew How to Love'

A day after former first lady Nancy Reagan's death at 94, Ron Reagan remembered the influential role his mother played in Ronald Reagan's life and presidency.

"She loved her husband more than anything in the world, and I think you can make the case that the Ronald Reagan that we all came to know as president would not have existed without Nancy Reagan,'' Reagan told Matt Lauer in a phone interview on TODAY Monday.

The couple were married for 52 years before Ronald's death in 2004 after a battle with Alzheimer's disease. Ron, 57, remembered Nancy often serving as the pragmatic side to his father's usually sunny disposition.

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"My mother was more aware of, I think, the dark corners of life, and the darker aspects of human nature,'' Ron said. "Her view was more 'I'm gonna watch, and if I think you're good for my husband then you've got a friend for life. But if I think that you're bad for my husband or you're hurting him in some way, oh you know, you better watch out because now you've got an enemy, and it's not an enemy you want.'''

Nancy grew particularly protective of her husband after he was shot in 1981 and survived the assassination attempt.

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Nancy Reagan attends The Grand Opening of D23 Presents Treasures of The Walt Disney Archives on July 5, 2012 in Simi Valley, California.

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Nancy Reagan is joined by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Gayle Wilson (L), wife of former California Gov. Pete Wilson, before Christie delivers remarks during the Perspectives on Leadership Forum at the Reagan Library on September 27, 2011 in Simi Valley, California.

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Nancy Reagan listens to President Barack Obama speak during a bill signing in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House June 2, 2009 in Washington, DC. President Barack Obama signed the ' Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission Act' which is intended to honor the former US President Ronald Reagan on his 100th birthday in 2011. 

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Nancy Reagan speaks before the unveiling of a statue of her husband, US President Ronald Reagan on June 3, 2009 during ceremonies in the Rotunda on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. 

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Nancy Reagan and designer Oscar de la Renta attend the 22nd Annual Spring Luncheon by The Colleagues at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on April 12, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. 

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Nancy Reagan holds the hands of former Soviet dissident and human rights activist Natan Sharansky (L) as she presents him with the 2008 Ronald Reagan Freedom Award during the award gala dinner September 17, 2008 at The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC. 

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Former US president George Herbert Walker Bush welcomes former Nancy Reagan before she presented him with the 2007 Ronald Reagan Freedom Award 06 February 2007 during a ceremony in Beverly Hills, California. 

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Nancy Reagan touches the casket of her husband, former US President Ronald Reagan, during his state funeral on Capitol Hill June 9, 2004 in Washington, DC.

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Nancy Reagan attends the opening of 'Art' on January 19, 1999 at the Doolittle Theater in Hollywood, California.

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Nancy Reagan arrives at the premiere of 'Peter Pan' at the Chinese Theater on December 13, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. 

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US Fashion designer James Galanos joins Nancy Reagan during a ceremony honoring Galanos with the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style Award in Beverly Hills, California, 18 October 2007.

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Nancy Reagan attends Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Gala Honoring Bob Hope on May 29, 1997 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. 

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Nancy Reagan waves after her introduction August 1, 2000 at the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia. 

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Nancy Reagan attends the gala and dinner to celebrate the opening of "Nancy Reagan: A First Lady's Style" at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on November 8, 2007 in Simi Valley, California.

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Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan attend Carousel of Hope Ball Benefit on October 2, 1992 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. 

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Former U.S. President George Bush Nancy Reagan exchange glances at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Air Force One, which was used by former president Ronald Reagan, at the new Air Force One Pavilion at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, 21 October 2005.

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Nancy Reagan attends Spirit of America Awards on December 13, 1990 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. 

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Nancy Reagan attends the performance of 'Metamorphosis' on March 6, 1989 at the Barrymore Theater in New York City. 

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Nancy Reagan attends United Cerebral Palsy Foundation Humanitarian Awards on November 5, 1985 at the Waldorf Hotel in New York City. 

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Former President Ronald Reagan embraces his wife Nancy in this undated photo. The Reagans'' 50th wedding anniversary is March 4, 2002. 

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Nancy Reagan stands with Mstislav Rostropovich at the gala dinner marking the official opening of the Ronald Reagan building and International Trade Center on May 5, 1998.

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Nancy Reagan poses with Gary Coleman of "Diff'rent Strokes. Her guest role on the show was during Episode 22, called 'The Reporter', which aired March 19, 1983. 

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Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher with former US President Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan on December 6, 1990. 

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Nancy Reagan attends 75th Anniversary Party for Forbes Magazine on May 11, 1992 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. 

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Queen Elizabeth II presents US President Ronald Reagan with an honory Knighthood on June 14, 1989 at Buckingham Palace in London. 

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Michael Jackson and Nancy Reagan at the White House circa 1984 in Washington, DC. 

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Queen Elizabeth ll entertains US First Lady Nancy Reagan on the Royal Yacht Britannia on March 4, 1983 in San Francisco, CA. 

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Nancy Reagan attends the premiere party for 'Sweet Charity' on March 28, 1969 at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City, California. 

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Nancy Reagan leaves Winfield House (residence of the Ambassador) for St Paul's Cathedral for Prince Charles and Lady Diana's wedding, on July 29, 1981.

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Nancy Reagan during an interview in the White House Library on March 3, 1981 in Washington D.C. 

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Nancy and Ronald Reagan during the presidential campaign of Ronald Reagan In Illinois on October 18, 1980. 

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Nancy Reagan at home in 1967.  

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Nancy Reagan with host Johnny Carson on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson", which aired May 1, 1972.

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Nancy Reagan and Ronald Reagan attend the premiere of 'Sweet Charity' on March 28, 1969 at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood, California. 

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Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan share a moment in this undated file photo. The couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on March 4th 2002. 

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"I don't think that she ever had another day during his presidency where there wasn't some fear involved, and particularly, of course, when he went out in public at all,'' Ron said.

Their memorable love affair and devotion to one another is something the younger Reagan views as defining a significant part of her legacy.

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"Once they had bonded together, they really were inseparable,'' he said. "I mean, it sounds cliche, but I don't think that they ever spent a day apart where they didn't call [or] speak on the phone. He wrote her letters all her life, all his life.They were in love. And they stayed in love for 52-some odd years."

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