- The Washington Times - Monday, March 7, 2016

President Obama said Monday that the late first lady Nancy Reagan “could not have been more gracious and more charming” when she met him early in his presidency.

Speaking to reporters at the White House, Mr. Obama said Mrs. Reagan, who died over the weekend at age 94, was “already advanced in age” when he met her. But he said she “could not have been more gracious and more charming to myself and Michelle when we first came into office.”

“I think it’s been well-documented the extraordinary love that she had for her husband, and the extraordinary comfort and strength she provided him during really hard times,” Mr. Obama said. “As somebody who is lucky enough to have an extraordinary partner in my life as well, I know how much she meant not just to President Reagan but to the country as a whole. He was lucky to have her. … She will be missed.”

The president ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in Mrs. Reagan’s honor.

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