|Above, Roy Rogers joins the Reagans in 1980 during the campaign in California.|
One of Ronald Reagan's favorite stories he liked to tell while on the campaign trail was one that took place in Texas while campaigning.
It goes like this (from the Washington Post):
During the presidential campaign, one of Ronald Reagan's favorite stories was how he and Nancy knocked on the door of a farmhouse. A man came to the door and looked at them, but there was not the usual sign of recognition in the farmer's face. Reagan thought he'd give him a hint.
"I'm running for president of the United States."
"I come from Hollywood, California."
The man shook his head. "Don't reckon I know you," he said.
"Well, my initials are R.R."
Suddenly the man's face split into a big grin. He turned and hollered at his wife.
"Come quick, Mama! Roy Rogers and Dale Evans are here! They're runnin' for president!"
This got me curious. Since Ronald Reagan and Roy Rogers were in Hollywood during the same era, I was wondering if Roy supported Reagan for president or not. Even though I worked in all of Reagan's presidential campaigns, I don't recall Roy Rogers being involved.
|Above, Ronald Reagan and Roy Rogers during the 1980 campaign.|
As it turned out, he was.
|Above, President Reagan greets Roy Rogers and Dale Evans at the White House.|
I found a few photos of Roy Rogers with Ronald Reagan on the campaign trail in 1980 and at the White House after Reagan won.