KATIE COURIC SITS DOWN FOR AN EXCLUSIVE PRIMETIME INTERVIEW WITH PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN'S DAUGHTER, PATTI DAVIS �- 'DATELINE NBC,' SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14
Report Includes Never-Before-Seen Home Movies of The Reagan Family
NEW YORK -� November 12, 2004 �- Katie Couric sits down for an exclusive primetime interview with President Reagan's daughter, Patti Davis, to discuss the details of her father's illness and how her family came together; the family's grief that has been kept private, and why she decided to write her memoir, "The Long Goodbye," which chronicles her father's struggle with Alzheimer's disease. Included in the emotional and candid interview, to be broadcast this Sunday, Nov. 14 (7PM, ET) on "Dateline NBC," are never-before-seen home movies of the Reagan family.
When Couric asks Davis about her feelings towards the United States, Davis reveals that, "I had this odd sibling rivalry with America. America had taken my father from me." However, after the events of Sept. 11th, Davis goes on to say that her feelings towards the country changed, "I had never had such reverence for being an American as I did after that day...I never thought that the sight of the American flag would make me weep. It used to make my father tear up...after September 11th, I-- found that happening to me...and I got to understand a little bit of his deep love for this country."
Davis shares with Couric that when her mother broke down at her father's casket at the end of the funeral that she "knew that was going to be the hardest time particularly for her...for all of us. Because we were leaving him here. I mean, that's what she was saying when she was crying there. She said, 'I don't want to leave him here.' And-- it was the ending of that-- week which did keep us above the water line. And it was the beginning...of the rest of our lives without him."
Davis also responds to a request by John Hinckley, who attempted to assassinate President Reagan in 1981, for permission to stay with his family every two weeks for four nights. "I don't think he should be out walking around. I think that he's not going to stop making these requests nor is his attorney until he is walking around more. I think it's a horrible...I mean, it's just so wrong. I think he has worked the system. I think he is very ill and very manipulative."
When Couric asks her if she is disappointed about President Bush's reelection and that stem cell research won't go forward in a way she had hoped it would, Davis says, "I think its tragic...four years is a very long time. Four years is the difference, possibly, between life and death."
And towards the end of the interview, Davis reveals to Couric that over the last ten years, "I've become a more-- peaceful person...I think that nothing teaches you more about life than death and dying. If you can really show up for-- that situation, with a loved one-- you learn a lot about how to live your life knowing that there are no guarantees that you'll even be here tomorrow."
David Corvo is the executive producer of "Dateline NBC." "The Long Goodbye," published by Alfred A. Knopf, hits bookstores on Nov. 16th.