Nancy Reagan

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Clinton Bashed for Praising Nancy Reagan's AIDS Role

'The most offensive thing possible for my generation of LGBT Americans'

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton apologized Friday after gay-rights and AIDS activists assailed her for saying Nancy Reagan helped start a "national conversation" about AIDS in the 1980s, when protesters were struggling to get more federal help in fighting the disease, the AP reports. Clinton made her initial comments—in which she... More »

Obama Skipping Nancy Reagan's Funeral for SXSW

Michele Bachmann says it's a 'classless' move

(Newser) - Michele Bachmann is blasting President Obama as "self-centered" and "classless" after the White House announced he would not attend Nancy Reagan's funeral on Friday. Instead, he'll attend the technology and music festival South by Southwest as a headliner and discuss civic engagement with The Texas Tribune'... More »

Photos Captured Nancy, Ronald Reagan's Exquisite Love

"Marriage is never 50-50," the former First Lady once said.

(Newser) - Nancy Reagan's death has inspired a flow of quotes by and about the former First Lady, whose marriage to President Ronald Reagan endured for 52 years until his death in 2004. Among the most memorable quotes:
  • "I've been asked over and over again if there is a
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Nancy Reagan Dead at 94

Former first lady said 'My life began with Ronnie'

(Newser) - Nancy Reagan, the helpmate, backstage adviser, and fierce protector of Ronald Reagan in his journey from actor to president—and finally during his 10-year battle with Alzheimer's disease—died Sunday at the age of 94, reports the AP , via CBS News . The cause was congestive heart failure, notes ABC... More »

Nancy Reagan Refused to Help Dying Rock Hudson

9 weeks before actor's death from AIDS, she turned down his plea for assistance

(Newser) - Nine weeks before his death from AIDS complications on October 2, 1985, Rock Hudson was in France trying to get treatment not available in the United States, but Nancy Reagan refused his request for the White House to help. BuzzFeed tells the story for the first time, explaining that after... More »

Jane Fonda to Critic: 'Get a Life'

Veteran, others not happy with her role as Nancy Reagan

(Newser) - Jane Fonda is playing Nancy Reagan in Lee Daniels' The Butler this fall, and—thanks to her well-known liberal activism and the controversial pictures of her in Hanoi during the Vietnam War—some conservatives aren't happy about it. One Navy veteran started a "Boycott Hanoi Jane Playing Nancy... More »

Ex-Presidents Cost US $3.7M Last Year

Nancy Reagan waived her $20K pension

(Newser) - Don't expect this budget item to be chopped any time soon: The government spent $3.7 million on the four living ex-presidents last year, excluding Secret Service costs, according to a Congressional Research Service report. The cash covered pensions, benefits for office staff, and expenses like travel and postage,... More »

7 Celebrity Love Letters

Stars, VIPs woo their partners

(Newser) - Today's celebrities have sexting; yesterday's had the love letter. The Huffington Post rounds up seven romantic notes from VIPs to their significant others:
  • Johnny Cash to June Carter-Cash: "The ring of fire still burns around you and I, keeping our love hotter than a pepper sprout."
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Jane Fonda Set to Play Nancy Reagan

In biopic of White House butler Eugene Allen

(Newser) - Jane Fonda, whose liberal views made her a scourge of the political right during the Vietnam War era, will play Nancy Reagan in an upcoming movie. The Butler chronicles the life of longtime White House butler Eugene Allen. Forest Whitaker is nearing a deal to play Allen, who worked under... More »

Noonan on Reagan and Kennedy: 'Grace Met Grace'

How two political families forged a friendship across the aisle

(Newser) - Peggy Noonan recounts the unlikely friendship of the Kennedys and the Reagans and the time "grace met grace"—when President Reagan ventured to Ted's house in 1985 to make a speech honoring JFK and raise money for his new library. "A friendship that had already begun deepened,... More »

Byrd: Rename Health Bill for Kennedy

(Newser) - Senator Robert Byrd wants his colleagues to honor Ted Kennedy by renaming health care legislation in his honor, Politico reports. “As a tribute to his commitment to his ideals, let us stop the shouting and name calling,” said Byrd, 92, himself in poor health. "My heart and... More »

Reagan Statue Unveiled on Hill

Bronze statue graces Capitol rotunda

(Newser) - An overjoyed and teary-eyed Nancy Reagan watched with delight as a bronze statue of her beloved late husband Ronald Reagan was unveiled at the US Capitol today. Reagan-era policymakers also looked on in the Capitol's Rotunda as blue cloth was pulled to reveal a 7-foot statue that casts the 40th... More »

Nancy to Obama: 'Oh, You're a Lefty!'

(Newser) - No snubs today. Nancy Reagan even got a kiss on the cheek from President Obama as she appeared with him at the White House, reports ABC News. With the smiling former first lady by his side, Obama set up a commission to plan the centennial of Ronald Reagan's birth in... More »

Nancy Reagan: 'I See Ronnie'

(Newser) - Nancy Reagan sees dead people. In an interview with Vanity Fair to be published this week, the former first lady talks about her relationship with the Obamas and Bushes, her time in Washington, and her husband’s ghost. “It sounds strange but…I see Ronnie,” she says. “... More »

London OKs 10-Ft. Bronze Reagan Statue

(Newser) - London officials have overcome their distaste for an American artist and approved a 10-foot, bronze statue of President Reagan, the Independent reports. The Westminster City Council also waived a rule delaying statues for 10 years after a figure's death; Reagan died 5 years ago. Nancy Reagan and former PM Margaret... More »

Nancy Reagan Lauds Obama on Stem-Cell Ban

Prez pays tribute to Chris, Dana Reeve in overturning ruling

(Newser) - Barack Obama lifted the Bush administration’s ban on stem-cell research today amid criticism from congressional Republicans but admiration from one Nancy Reagan, Politico reports. Lifting the ban “will now make it possible for scientists to move forward,” the former first lady said in a statement. “I... More »

Obama Sorry for Reagan 'Seance' Joke

President-elect calls Nancy over 'careless and offhanded' quip

(Newser) - President-elect Obama called Nancy Reagan today to apologize for joking that she held seances in the White House, the AP reports. At a news conference in Chicago, Obama said he had spoken with all the living presidents as he prepares to take office in January. Then he smiled and said,... More »

Nancy Reagan Released From LA Hospital

Doctors expect her to make 'full recovery' after hip fracture

(Newser) - Nancy Reagan returned home today from a Los Angeles hospital after being treated for a broken pelvis, Reuters reports. For the 87-year-old widow of Ronald Reagan, who fell at her home last week, 2 days with doctors was enough: "I hope it won't hurt anyone's feelings if I don't... More »

Broken Pelvis Hospitalizes Reagan

(Newser) - Nancy Reagan has been hospitalized in Los Angeles with a broken pelvis. A Reagan spokeswoman said Reagan "is in very good spirits" and surgery is not required, though it is not known how long she will be hospitalized. The 87-year-old former first lady fell at her home last week... More »

In Divorce, McCain Lost Both Reagans

Philandering, quick 2nd marriage especially angered Nancy

(Newser) - If Nancy Reagan’s endorsement of John McCain seemed a little muted—"Obviously this is the nominee of the party,” was all she would say—it’s probably because she’s still angry at the way McCain's first marriage ended, the LA Times reports. The couples were great... More »

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