With the passing of Nancy Reagan, it brings to mind the lesser known connection between the Reagans and South Africa. When Ronald Reagan was laid to rest in the Simi Valley of California, the service (below) was conducted by their family pastor, Dr. Michael Wenning.
Michael Wenning (July 5, 1935 – June 28, 2011) was born in South Africa and served as the senior pastor at the Bel Air Presbyterian Church from 1995 until 2001. One cannot but wonder whether Reagan’s balanced view of South Africa was at least in part due to his relationship with Michael Wenning. The Presbyterian pastor was selected to conduct the internment service after he had already finished his term at the particular church. That makes one think.
For those who doubt the late pastor’s South African roots, a few seconds of listening to his distinctly South African accent in THIS Youtube video should set matters at rest. I noticed that accent back in 2004 at the time of the service and then did the homework.
But then, all this comes from a time when men of honour were in the White House.