Many Americans remember the public persona of President Ronald Reagan. But what was he like in private?
His oldest son, Michael, says it's a question people ask him again and again.
He says they want to know if the private Ronald Reagan was the same man as the public Ronald Reagan, and whether he was a man of integrity and authenticity.
So much has been written about the late president's political life and Hollywood career, but the story of Ronald Reagan the private man, and his relationships with his wife, children and friends is less well known.
Michael Reagan called the fortieth president "Dad," and probably knew him better than anyone alive today. In his new book, Lessons My Father Taught Me: The Strength, Integrity and Faith of Ronald Reagan Michael Reagan reveals the important life lessons he learned from his dad, including these:
• How to turn defeats into successes
• How to make your marriage work
• The secret of "The Power of One"
• The importance of learning to forgive
Michael says when he was growing up, his father never scolded or punished his children in anger. Instead, as they drove together or did chores together, Michael's father told him stories and taught him about life, love, family, faith, success and leadership.
Michael says he didn't fully appreciate those lessons at the time, but years later he remembered -- and he understood.
Michael Reagan shares about his father's inspiring words of wisdom on The 700 Club, June 13.