Four key Reagan Administration officials are mentioned most often in discussions of Nancy Reagan's influence over those who advise her husband:
DONALD T. REGAN The former Treasury secretary, a brusque ex-Marine who had carved out a successful career on Wall Street, alienated the First Lady almost from the day he traded jobs with Chief of Staff James A. Baker III in 1985. When the Iran- contra scandal disrupted President Reagan's second term, White House aides say, Mrs. Reagan focused on the new chief of staff as a key obstacle to reviving the President's political effectiveness. She and a group of longtime friends and advisers lobbied him to replace Regan, who had also rankled the First Lady by making disparaging remarks about women. The chief of staff resigned in February, a day after the critical Tower Commission report was released.
WILLIAM P. CLARK The former California associate Supreme Court justice had served as Ronald Reagan's chief of staff in Sacramento. Brought to the White House as national security adviser in 1982 from the No. 2 post in the State Department, he became enmeshed in a power struggle that pitted him and presidential counselor Edwin Meese III against Chief of Staff James A. Baker III and Nancy Reagan favorite Michael K. Deaver, the deputy chief of staff. Earlier, he prompted headlines for being unable at his confirmation hearings to answer basic questions about U.S. foreign policy. He left for the relative quiet of the Interior Department when James G. Watt resigned under fire.