Peggy Grande was former President Ronald Reagan’s executive assistant from 1989 to 1999, playing a major role in Reagan’s post-Presidency in public life. In 2017, Grande wrote about her once-in-a-lifetime experience in her memoir titled “The President Will See You Now.”
Grande and I sat down to discuss her time working with the president, how to heal a divided United States and if there is hope for California.
PG: I consider myself to be probably one of the luckiest women in the world to have had the opportunity of a lifetime to work closely and know personally a great icon of history, Ronald Reagan, and to know him as a man, not just a president.
I was a little nerdy kid who loved presidents and politics and government. I actually grew up in Orange County. But when I was a kid, it might’ve well had been a million miles from Washington