Obama Gets Second Chance With Nancy Reagan


Yesterday I noted how Barack Obama missed a good public relations opportunity when he did not invite Nancy Reagan to attend the ceremony where he announced the reversal of George Bush’s ban on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. Nancy Reagan had said she would have liked to attend, and Obama soon got another chance to appear with her. Washington Wire reports:

Former First Lady Nancy Reagan has made a rare trip to Washington, D.C., this week for events to honor her late husband, President Ronald Reagan, and meet with the Obama family.

Reagan appeared alongside President Barack Obama today as he signed legislation creating the Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission, tasked with planning and carrying out activities to mark the 100th birthday of the former president in 2011.

On Wednesday, the former first lady will also attend a bipartisan ceremony in the U.S. Capitol’s Rotunda to unveil a seven foot statue of the late president. She is also scheduled to have lunch with First Lady Michelle Obama. The two women have spoken before, when Obama called her after the election on advice for living in the White House…

Obama made a point of mentioning stem cell research as he stood with the former first lady today. “There are few who are not moved by the love that Mrs. Reagan felt for her husband — and fewer still who are not inspired by how this love led her to take up the twin causes of stem cell research and Alzheimer’s research,” he said. “In saying a long goodbye, Nancy Reagan became a voice on behalf of millions of families experiencing the depleting, aching reality of Alzheimer’s disease.”

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