My favourite story about Ronald Reagan’s hospitalisation – there are quite a few, so manfully did he comport himself, though he was minutes from death when he walked into emergency – is the one George H.W. Bush told at his funeral. On entering the President’s room days after his surgery, aids were alarmed to find him on his hands and knees mopping up water he’d spilled from a sink. Reagan told them he didn’t want his nurse to get in trouble. This was a great man.