A characteristic twinkle in his eye, Ronald Reagan waves to a crowd from aboard a rail car in a hologram revealed Wednesday at the late president's namesake library in Southern California. "We think we made a good beginning, but you ain't seen nothin' yet!" the digital resurrection of the nation's 40th president says in his steady voice as a flurry of balloons falls in front of him. Reagan, who died in 2004 at age 93, was speaking about the nation's future during a 1984 campaign stop but easily could have been referencing the technology that brought him back to life in 2018, the AP reports. The audio used is edited from his real remarks. "We wanted to make President Reagan as lifelike as possible," says John Heubusch, executive director of the Reagan Foundation.
In two other holograms, Reagan appears in a suit and tie inside the Oval Office and in horseback riding pants, carrying a lasso alongside his dog, Victory, at his beloved ranch. All three holograms will be on display to visitors of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library starting Thursday. Seeing her former boss "almost in the flesh" was "a little eerie, but at the same time, very comforting," says Joanne Drake, who served as Reagan's chief of staff after the Republican left office. Drake says future plans could include bringing the holograms on the road. "I do think we're going to see Ronald Reagan back in Washington, DC," she says. (In 2012, organizers decided that having a Reagan hologram at the Republican National Convention might upstage Mitt Romney.)