CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 24, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(DC) Nancy Reagan's hosting of drug abuse conference for world's First Ladies noted; films shown. Her style and power examined. [REAGAN - notes drug abuse's destructive impact on nation] Her initial style during husband's first term reviewed. [REAGAN - believes she's grown in position.] Apparent impact on her of 1983 experience with Korean children needing heart surgery in United States recalled. [Former press secretary Sheila TATE - thinks First Lady experienced revelation at that time.] [REAGAN - makes fun of herself.] [Courtesy WQED's "The Chemical People", REAGAN - cites importance of war on drug abuse.] [Betty FRIEDAN - accuses First Lady of using drug abuse campaign as public relations gimmick.] [Deputy assistant to President, James ROSEBUSH - responds.] Her role with President considered. [In past, PRES. - repeats wife's comment.] Her role in initial rejection of visit to Nazi concentration camp said illustrating extent of Nancy Reagan's power with husband. [Maureen REAGAN - praises stepmother's political sense.] [FRIEDAN - would like Nancy Reagan to promote other issues.] [REAGAN - likes her position.] Scenes from "Hellcats of the Navy" shown courtesy Columbia Pictures. Her success in bridging family problems with son Michael and stepdaughter Maureen recalled.
REPORTER: Lesley Stahl
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