While Barack Obama said some kind words about former First Lady Nancy Reagan following her death on Sunday, Obama’s true feelings towards Mrs. Reagan have been exposed and they are not pretty!
President Obama is said to have met Nancy Reagan only once, back in 2009, saying of that lone get-together that Mrs. Reagan “could not have been more gracious and more charming to myself and Michelle when we first came into office.”
However, “gracious and charming” hardly describe how Obama himself acted when he held his first news conference after defeating Republican John McCain for president in 2008. As The New York Times noted, Obama made a stunningly rude, off-handed remark apparently referring to Nancy Reagan’s reported practice of consulting an astrologer:
During his first press conference after being elected, Mr. Obama, responding to a question from a reporter, said he had spoken to former presidents who were still alive. “I didn’t want to get into a Nancy Reagan thing about, you know, doing any séances,” he said, presumably an allusion to Mrs. Reagan’s supposedly consulting an astrologer to consult about the president’s schedule when she was in the White House.
Reportedly, Obama called Mrs. Reagan on the evening after that news conference and apologized for that snarky aside.
The president later invited Mrs. Reagan to a White House signing ceremony for a bill honoring her late husband. Nancy and Michelle Obama then shared a private lunch together.
And it will be the current first lady who attends the memorial service for the former first lady in California later this week. Mrs. Reagan, who died of heart failure at age 94, will lie in repose at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., before a private funeral on Friday.
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