Mr Obama welcomes Nancy Reagan back to the White House

Wednesday June 3, 2009

There was a chance for former First Lady Nancy Reagan to revisit the place she called home from 1981-1989 this week when she joined President Barack Obama at the White House.

The US leader escorted Nancy, who is recovering from a hip operation, to the signing of the Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission Act to plan the celebration for what would have been the ex-president's 100th birthday in February 2011.

"President Reagan had the ability to communicate directly and movingly to American people. We are better off for the extraordinary leadership he showed," said Mr Obama

He also praised 87-year-old Nancy's support of stem cell and Alzheimer's research. She took up the causes after her husband was diagnosed with the condition in 1994.

For her part Nancy said she was "delighted to be back at the White House".

Photo: ę Rex

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