Interview with Astrologer for First Lady Nancy Reagan

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Source:
NBC Nightly News
Creator:
Tom Brokaw/Andrea Mitchell
Event Date:
10/17/1989
Air/Publish Date:
10/17/1989
Resource Type:
Video News Report
Copyright:
NBCUniversal Media, LLC.
Copyright Date:
1989
Clip Length:
00:02:46

Description

In her book "My Turn," First Lady Nancy Reagan says she relied on astrology as a crutch because of fears about President Ronald Reagan's safety after an assassination attempt. Astrologer Joan Quigley tells NBC News that she and Mrs. Reagan talked constantly, sometimes several times a day, and not only about the President's safety.

Citation

MLA

"Interview with Astrologer for First Lady Nancy Reagan." Andrea Mitchell, correspondent. NBC Nightly News. NBCUniversal Media. 17 Oct. 1989. NBC Learn. Web. 20 January 2015.

APA

Mitchell, A. (Reporter), & Brokaw, T. (Anchor). (1989, October 17). Interview with Astrologer for First Lady Nancy Reagan. [Television series episode]. NBC Nightly News. Retrieved from https://archives.nbclearn.com/portal/site/k-12/browse/?cuecard=2912

CHICAGO MANUAL OF STYLE

"Interview with Astrologer for First Lady Nancy Reagan" NBC Nightly News, New York, NY: NBC Universal, 10/17/1989. Accessed Tue Jan 20 2015 from NBC Learn: https://archives.nbclearn.com/portal/site/k-12/browse/?cuecard=2912

Transcript

Interview with Astrologer for First Lady Nancy Reagan

TOM BROKAW, anchor:

Nancy Reagan’s fascination with the stars, of course, takes an entirely different turn. Astrology. And NBC’s Andrea Mitchell tells us tonight, new reports of Mrs. Reagan’s reliance on an astrologer raised new questions about national security.

ANDREA MITCHELL reporting:

In her book, My Turn, Nancy Reagan says she relied on astrology as a crutch because of fears about her husband’s safety after the assassination attempt. Astrologer Joan Quigley told NBC News, she and Mrs. Reagan talked constantly, sometimes several times a day, and not only about the President’s safety.

JOAN QUIGLEY, astrologer: She was not only interested in the President’s safety, and having me do for him the things that I’d done during the ‘80 campaign. But she was also interested in improving her own image, and I was very occupied with that at first.

MITCHELL: Quigley had veto power over the scheduling of all Presidential press conferences; she advised when it was safe to travel, when he should hold a summit.

Ms.QUIGLEY: I picked a time on the day they left that was an excellent time for what we wanted to accomplish, and I also changed their evil empire attitude by briefing them on Gorbachev’s horoscope. By the time we were working on the Washington summit, she was calling me two and three times a day.

MITCHELL: Intelligence officials say the CIA went nuts when it learned the First Lady was discussing U.S.-Soviet relations with an outsider on non-secure lines. Some White House officials were also horrified that presidential security was being breeched. And according to former White House officials and Quigley, the astrologer was involved in everything. She picked the departure time for the Reykavik summit, the optimum time for signing an arms control treaty, the best time for the trip to Moscow. And when Mrs. Reagan was upset about a controversial trip to Germany in 1985, Quigley plotted every take off and landing. Her scheduling for that visit to the Bitberg Cemetery was so complicated that former White House aide Michael Deaver sought permission from Mrs. Reagan to talk to the astrologer directly. The President knew what was going on. Deaver told NBC News that if Mrs. Reagan wanted the schedule changed she would say, “I’ve told Ronnie and that’s what Joan recommends.” Described by friends as superstitious almost mystical, Reagan was inclined to defer to his wife’s wishes.

Former First Lady NANCY REAGAN: No, no, no, no. That’s bad luck!

Former President RONALD REAGAN: I have learned not to argue with her superstitions.