Nancy Reagan wore a simple red topcoat and brought a small bouquet of white flowers, tied with a blue ribbon. The former first lady observed the eighth anniversary of her husband’s passing Tuesday, sitting quietly by his grave site before a granite wall inscribed with a quote from Ronald Reagan that articulates the optimism so many Republicans now seek:
“I know in my heart that man is good. That what is right will always eventually triumph. And there’s purpose and worth to each and every life.”
Reagan died June 5, 2004, at the age of 93.
Also to mark the day: Reagan historian Craig Shirley has announced he is at work on “Last Act,” a detailed look into Reagan’s final years, to be published by Thomas Nelson.
“We are witnessing almost every day that Reagan’s legacy, his views, and his philosophy have become so crucial in the political sphere that they may very well mean the difference between winning or losing elections,” publisher Joel Miller says.
Three fundraisers down, four more to go: Fresh from a trio of Manhattan moneymakers, President Obama journeys to San Francisco on Wednesday for a pair of campaign events in the financial district. After a four-hour stopover, it’s on to Los Angeles for more time with star-struck donors.
Mr. Obama is such a frequent visitor to this city that some local news organizations have started using the standing headline “Obamajam” for coverage of such events, with practical emphasis on inevitable traffic tie-ups from the presidential motorcade.
But it is still party time. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Leadership Council hosts Mr. Obama at a sold-out reception in the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel, with the tickets priced from $1,250 to $25,000 and the crowd to be entertained by “Glee” star Darren Criss. Then it’s on to another showbiz connection.
“Glee” creator Ryan Murphy will host a private dinner in his own home as dusk falls over Hollywood; $25,000 gets a guest through the door. But a “photo reception” with Mr. Obama commands twice that amount.
And while her husband is in the Golden State, first lady Michelle Obama will be in the Empire State on Wednesday, attending a Manhattan campaign luncheon with Caroline Kennedy and Planned Parenthood director Cecile Richards, among many others, with tickets priced at $250.
What with fundraising and policy speeches in many states, President Obama has drawn the waggish attention of Twittering types who make sport of his whereabouts. They are rallying online under the hashtag #whereisobama, of course.
Among the suggestions, this from Ben Howe, a political blogger for Redstate.com and other sites: “#Wheresobama: Pretending 8.2 percent unemployment is better than 4.7 percent employment.”
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