The Moment of Silence For Nancy Reagan At The Democratic Debate Was Touching & Necessary
Despite deep ideological divides between the party and her late husband, there was a moment of silence at the Democratic debate for Nancy Reagan Sunday night. Before beginning the debate in Flint, Michigan, moderator Anderson Cooper called for a few moments to honor the late First Lady, who died earlier that day at the age of 94. It was a rare bridge between the two parties to show that, at least in some small way, the Democratic party stands by one of the most revered families in the recent history of the GOP.
As Cooper detailed the list of Reagan's accomplishments, photos of the poised First Lady splashed across the screen. Then he called for a few moments for the crowded auditorium to mourn her death. The presumably Democratic-heavy crowd was, despite their partisan affiliation, very respectful in honoring the moment of silence.
According to her spokesperson, Reagan died of congestive heart failure at her home in Los Angeles. The spokesperson added:
Mrs. Reagan will be buried at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, next to her husband, Ronald Wilson Reagan, who died on June 5, 2004. Prior to the funeral service, there will be an opportunity for members of the public to pay their respects at the library.
In lieu of flowers, the former First Lady and actress asked that donations be made to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Foundation.
In a statement, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama noted: "We remain grateful for Nancy Reagan's life, thankful for her guidance, and prayerful that she and her beloved husband are together again." That seemed to be the overwhelming idea when Anderson called on the audience to take a few moments for the late Reagan. And it was a wonderful moment of bipartisanship for the Democrats and Republicans.
Despite the bitter differences between the two parties, mourning Nancy Reagan didn't seem to be a majorly divisive issue. Perhaps we should, in the future, understand that sometimes there are human issues that we should unite on in the moments in which we remember that we are all humans, and not politicians. Thankfully, that measure of humanity seemed to be on full display tonight at the Democratic debate, and perhaps it's something that we, as a country, can remember as we continue into the surely divisive general election.