Ron Reagan Says Gipper Lacked Friends

Ron Reagan says his father didn’t make friends easily.

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Despite inspiring scores of “Reaganites,” Ronald Reagan didn’t have many friends, says youngest son Ron, author of My Father At 100. In fact, at the end of his life, the Gipper’s only close pal was his Los Angeles driver, Barney Barnett. Ron Reagan tells Whispers that his dad “didn’t make friends easily,” and he blamed the 40th president’s childhood. “He was not the big strapping lifeguard or actor or president that we are more familiar with,” Ron says. “He was picked on by bullies, chosen last for games on the playground. He spent a lot of time by himself.”

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