Nancy Reagan Dreams About Raisa Gorbachev

“I remember we were standing in the living room of Laurel Lodge at Camp David shortly before the President’s Saturday morning radio address. Nancy came in and said she’d had a dream the night before. During her audience with the Pope, the Pope’s ring had fallen on the floor. Nancy said she picked it up but couldn’t find the Pope. She went back to where the purses were, and there was the Pope. But the Pope was a woman with red hair. I wrote it down at the time because I thought it was an interesting historical detail that the First Lady would talk about her dreams. Only after the Geneva summit did I realize that the red-haired lady she was dreaming about was probably Raisa.”

White House Photographer Terry Arthur, Interview with Kitty Kelley.

Photograph Official White House photograph C44086-07, from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library