Jane Wyman Dies

The actress best known both for her role on prime-time soap Falcon Crest and as Ronald Reagan's ex-wife has died. I was reading her obit and this section struck me:

After Reagan became governor of California and then president of the United States, Wyman kept a decorous silence about her ex-husband, who had married actress Nancy Davis. In a 1968 newspaper interview, Wyman explained the reason:

"It's not because I'm bitter or because I don't agree with him politically. I've always been a registered Republican. But it's bad taste to talk about ex-husbands and ex-wives, that's all. Also, I don't know a damn thing about politics."

A few days after Reagan died on June 5, 2004, Wyman broke her silence, saying: "America has lost a great president and a great, kind and gentle man."

I don't think anything can put a finer point on the fact that the likes of Reagan and Wyman are from a different era, a different time. I very much doubt that Donna Hanover is going to give Rudy Giuliani the same courtesy once he's in the White House (yes, I'm being confident).