Photo of the Day: The Power of the President

By Jane Coaston | September 17, 2013

Elizabeth Glaser with President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan in 1988. (Photo: EGPAF)

After months of waiting, Elizabeth finally sat down with Nancy and Ronald Reagan during a private meeting in the White House Residence in 1988. The conversation was heartfelt and honest and the Reagans were curious, concerned, and attentive.  When the meeting ended, both Nancy and the President hugged Elizabeth.

“It felt like a major breakthrough that the Reagans hugged me after the meeting,” Elizabeth would later write. “I had thought they might feel people with HIV were untouchables, so the hug was significant.”
“I knew in my head to save my child, I had to get President Reagan to take the aggressive leadership role that the AIDS epidemic demanded.”

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