Mary Snow and Meghan Rafferty
January 15, 2011
(CNN) – Former President Ronald Reagan’s youngest son suggests in a new book that his father showed signs of Alzheimer’s disease while he was in the White House.
In the book titled “My Father at 100,” which is due out next week, Ron Reagan writes, “Three years into his first term as President … I was feeling the first shivers of concern that something beyond mellowing was affecting my father.”
He writes about watching his father’s first debate with Walter Mondale, the 1984 Democratic presidential nominee.
“I began to experience the nausea of a bad dream coming true,” Ron Reagan writes. He adds: “My heart sank as he floundered his way through his responses, fumbling with his notes, uncharacteristically lost for words. He looked tired and bewildered.”