Mrs. Reagan, a former actress herself, died Sunday at her home of congestive heart failure.
President Obama said on Sunday that the former first lady had “redefined” the role of first lady, praising her for becoming an advocate for Alzheimer’s disease and its treatment, after Ronald Reagan was diagnosed with the disease in 1994.
Learning about her death, many of her fans went to the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley to leave flowers and pay their respects.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, another leading GOP presidential candidate, said Nancy Reagan will be remembered for “her deep passion for this nation and love for her husband, Ronald”.
“Nancy like many first ladies, brought style and grace and dignity in to the White House”, he added.
Her time in the White House was also marked by two life-changing events: the attempted assassination of her husband and a more personal battle with breast cancer. The memory of her sobs and kissing her husband’s casket before it was lowered into the grave are etched in my mind.
“She was very articulate”, said Hutchison.
Mrs. Reagan would occasionally let down her guard. Her stepson, President Barack Obama, and Michelle Obama have already expressed condolences. As first lady, she played a forceful supporting role to her husband, sometimes drawing criticism for her behind-the-scenes influence.
As a member of the U.S. Secret Service, Orland Park Police Chief Tim McCarthy was shot in the abdomen protecting President Ronald Reagan in 1981. “The saying that “behind every man is an even stronger woman”; and I think that Nancy Reagan embodied that as much as any First Lady”. “She helps us get the presidential debates”, said Melissa Giller, spokesperson for the library.
Hutchison says they talked mostly about Reagan’s very public campaign against drugs. Her husband Ronald Reagan was the 40th president of the United States and died in 2004.
“We were at Camp David and the president and first lady would invite us down to there cabin to watch a movie and there you had a chance to literally sit four five feet away from the president and Mrs. Reagan”, Congressman Kline said. She was her husband’s greatest source of strength through the toughest decisions he made as president.
Nancy married Ronald in 1952 and was the second longest-living First Lady, following Bess Truman. “I more than love you, I’m not whole without you”. “They just didn’t mess up”, Bailey said.