In closing, let me thank you, the American people, for giving me the great honor of allowing me to serve as your president. When the Lord calls me home, whenever that day may be, I will leave with the greatest love for this country of ours and eternal optimism for its future. ... I know that for America there will always be a bright dawn ahead.
From Reagan's announcement of his affliction with Alzheimer's, Nov. 5, 1994: