Reagan family pushes back against Will Ferrell's proposed Alzheimer 'comedy'

The children of Ronald Reagan are harshly criticizing Will Ferrell and his film production company for their plan to make a comedic movie that portrays the president in the throes of dementia during his second term in office.

The announcement that the former Saturday Night Live actor would portray Reagan, afflicted with Alzheimers disease, as being manipulated by an intern into thinking he was an actor playing the president has set off a firestorm of criticism on the right and among Alzheimer support groups.

Patti Daivs the president's very liberal daughter, was especially scornful of Ferrell's film:

I saw the news bulletin — as did everyone — that you intend to portray my father in the throes of Alzheimer’s for a comedy that you are also producing. Perhaps you have managed to retain some ignorance about Alzheimer’s and other versions of dementia. Perhaps if you knew more, you would not find the subject humorous.

Alzheimer’s doesn’t care if you are President of the United States or a dockworker. It steals what is most precious to a human being — memories, connections, the familiar landmarks of a lifetime that we all come to rely on to hold our place secure in this world and keep us linked to those we have come to know and love. I watched as fear invaded my father’s eyes — this man who was never afraid of anything. I heard his voice tremble as he stood in the living room and said, “I don’t know where I am.” I watched helplessly as he reached for memories, for words, that were suddenly out of reach and moving farther away. For ten long years he drifted — past the memories that marked his life, past all that was familiar…and mercifully, finally past the fear.

There was laughter in those years, but there was never humor.

Anyone who ever watched a loved on succumb to this savage disease could agree with this:

Alzheimer’s is the ultimate pirate, pillaging a person’s life and leaving an empty landscape behind. It sweeps up entire families, forcing everyone to claw their way through overwhelming grief, confusion, helplessness, and anger. Perhaps for your comedy you would like to visit some dementia facilities. I have — I didn’t find anything comedic there, and my hope would be that if you’re a decent human being, you wouldn’t either.

Twice a week I run a support group called Beyond Alzheimer’s for caregivers and family members of those with Alzheimer’s and dementia. I look into haunted eyes that remind me of my own when my father was ill. I listen to stories of helplessness and loss and am continually moved by the bravery of those who wake up every morning not knowing who their loved one will be that day, or what will be lost. The only certainty with Alzheimer’s is that more will be lost and the disease will always win in the end.

Perhaps you would like to explain to them how this disease is suitable material for a comedy.

Michael Reagan tweeted his own outrage.

Anyone who knows anything about Alzheimers disease, or anyone with an ounce of compassion, would have codemned Ferrell for his extraordinary insensitivity. But beyond the transgression against good taste, the fact that this film is being considered says a lot about modern liberalism.

That liberals see the comedic possibilities in portraying a political enemy in the throes of a painful decline is indicative of a stark separation from normal society. Your average American would never find anything funny about Reagan suffering from Alzheimers, no matter how skillfully the film was written. But like children finding it amusing to tear the wings off of flies, discovering humor in dementia while inflicting pain on the families and especially the caregivers of Alzheimer patients shows a sickness to which the left is completely oblivious.

Their pathological hatred of Reagan, whose success while in office and public affection for him after he left the presidency, continues to drive them crazy. If ever we needed a reminder of the basic inhumanity of leftists, this was it.  

The children of Ronald Reagan are harshly criticizing Will Ferrell and his film production company for their plan to make a comedic movie that portrays the president in the throes of dementia during his second term in office.

The announcement that the former Saturday Night Live actor would portray Reagan, afflicted with Alzheimers disease, as being manipulated by an intern into thinking he was an actor playing the president has set off a firestorm of criticism on the right and among Alzheimer support groups.

Patti Daivs the president's very liberal daughter, was especially scornful of Ferrell's film:

I saw the news bulletin — as did everyone — that you intend to portray my father in the throes of Alzheimer’s for a comedy that you are also producing. Perhaps you have managed to retain some ignorance about Alzheimer’s and other versions of dementia. Perhaps if you knew more, you would not find the subject humorous.

Alzheimer’s doesn’t care if you are President of the United States or a dockworker. It steals what is most precious to a human being — memories, connections, the familiar landmarks of a lifetime that we all come to rely on to hold our place secure in this world and keep us linked to those we have come to know and love. I watched as fear invaded my father’s eyes — this man who was never afraid of anything. I heard his voice tremble as he stood in the living room and said, “I don’t know where I am.” I watched helplessly as he reached for memories, for words, that were suddenly out of reach and moving farther away. For ten long years he drifted — past the memories that marked his life, past all that was familiar…and mercifully, finally past the fear.

There was laughter in those years, but there was never humor.

Anyone who ever watched a loved on succumb to this savage disease could agree with this:

Alzheimer’s is the ultimate pirate, pillaging a person’s life and leaving an empty landscape behind. It sweeps up entire families, forcing everyone to claw their way through overwhelming grief, confusion, helplessness, and anger. Perhaps for your comedy you would like to visit some dementia facilities. I have — I didn’t find anything comedic there, and my hope would be that if you’re a decent human being, you wouldn’t either.

Twice a week I run a support group called Beyond Alzheimer’s for caregivers and family members of those with Alzheimer’s and dementia. I look into haunted eyes that remind me of my own when my father was ill. I listen to stories of helplessness and loss and am continually moved by the bravery of those who wake up every morning not knowing who their loved one will be that day, or what will be lost. The only certainty with Alzheimer’s is that more will be lost and the disease will always win in the end.

Perhaps you would like to explain to them how this disease is suitable material for a comedy.

Michael Reagan tweeted his own outrage.

Anyone who knows anything about Alzheimers disease, or anyone with an ounce of compassion, would have codemned Ferrell for his extraordinary insensitivity. But beyond the transgression against good taste, the fact that this film is being considered says a lot about modern liberalism.

That liberals see the comedic possibilities in portraying a political enemy in the throes of a painful decline is indicative of a stark separation from normal society. Your average American would never find anything funny about Reagan suffering from Alzheimers, no matter how skillfully the film was written. But like children finding it amusing to tear the wings off of flies, discovering humor in dementia while inflicting pain on the families and especially the caregivers of Alzheimer patients shows a sickness to which the left is completely oblivious.

Their pathological hatred of Reagan, whose success while in office and public affection for him after he left the presidency, continues to drive them crazy. If ever we needed a reminder of the basic inhumanity of leftists, this was it.