Monday, June 1, 2009

I had to post this .Just because my homie Vic is in it........


Guess whose not coming to dinner...this is a gudread

With her 88th birthday approaching in July, Nancy Reagan sat down with Vanity Fair's Bob Colacello at her home in Bel Air, California, where she opened up about the Obamas and her late husband.

"It sounds strange, but ... I see Ronnie," she reveals. "At nighttime, if I wake up, I think Ronnie's there, and I start to talk to him. It's not important what I say. But the fact is, I do think he's there. And I see him. I miss Ronnie a lot, an awful lot. People say it gets better. No, it does not." Does she ever feel like giving up? "No. Ronnie wouldn't like that."

"I've had quite a life, when you stop and think about it," continues the former First Lady. "I'm very lucky. Especially with Ronnie -- I was the happiest girl in the world when I became we. Even in the beginning, I was always so proud of him. Everything he did. And it wasn't that I had to force myself I just was."

One thing she was extremely proud of was President Reagan's quest to do away with nuclear weapons. "It was his dream not to have any nuclear weapons," she says.

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When Mrs. Reagan tells Colacello that she voted for McCain in the 2008 Presidential election, she adds that she "thought Obama ran the best campaign I have ever known -- disciplined, well organized, very, very good. I was very impressed."

She was not amused, however, during President Obama's first press conference, where he responded to a question about which former presidents he would turn to for advice with a joke about Nancy Reagan performing seances. Although Obama called to apologize for the remark, all Mrs. Reagan will say about the exchange is that she told him "he'd gotten me mixed up with Hillary [Clinton.]"

Mrs. Reagan notes that she received another Obama phone call, this time from First Lady Michelle Obama. During their 45-minute conversation, Mrs. Reagan encouraged her to have lots of state dinners. "She called me for advice, suggestions," she shares. "I was very happy to talk to her. We had a nice conversation. I have a feeling that they're going to be entertaining more than ..." She stops herself, then continues. "That's one of the things we talked about." Entertaining in the White House is "the easiest thing in the world. You don't have to do anything. Just have a good time and do a little business. And that's the way Washington works."

Unfortunately, Obama did not invite Mrs. Reagan to the White House to celebrate the reversal of George W. Bush's policy on stem-cell research, which was attended by 30 members of Congress and several prominent advocates of stem-cell research. "I would have gone, and you know I don't like to travel," she says. "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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