Teagan Goddard: Nancy Reagan in Vanity Fair on the Obamas, Bushes

Teagan Goddard:

Vanity Fair interviewed Nancy Reagan for her perspective on a wide range of subjects, including her view of the Obamas and the Bushes.

On the Obamas:

Michelle Obama called Nancy Reagan for “advice” and “suggestions,” and in the course of a 45-minute conversation, Mrs. Reagan encouraged Mrs. Obama to have lots of state dinners. In contrast, the Bushes were “famously averse” to entertaining at the White House.

She feels President Obama missed an opportunity when he did not invite her to the ceremony announcing his reversal of Bush’s policy on embryonic-stem-cell research. Said Mrs. Reagan: “I would have gone, and you know I don’t like to travel. Politically it would have been a good thing for him to do. Oh, well, nobody’s perfect. He called and thanked me for working on it. But he could have gotten more mileage out of it.”

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