WASHINGTON (Talk Media News) – Hundreds of prominent guests gathered at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California’s Simi Valley Friday to pay their respects for former First Lady Nancy Reagan.
The guest list featured members from 10 former and current presidential families including current First Lady Michelle Obama, former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, George W. Bush, and Laura Bush. Famous faces like Katie Couric, Larry King, Diane Sawyer, and Tom Selleck were in also attendance.
Illustrating the love her husband had for her, Brian Mulroney, the former Canadian prime minister read a love poem the former president had written to her during their first Christmas in the White House. The letter described the various roles that she filled in his life: mother, first lady, homemaker, rancher, and wife.
“She brings so much grace and charm to whatever she does,” the letter said. “Everything is done with class.”
While she was often framed as his loving wife, the ceremony made clear that the Reagan legacy would have been much different without her, emphasizing the closeness of the couple.
“He owed much of the success of his presidency to her. She had an instinct for reading people that the president knew he lacked,” James Baker, the former Secretary of State for the Reagan administration said. “She was without a doubt, absolutely without a doubt, his closest advisor.”
“Ronald and Nancy Reagan were defined by their love for each other. They were as close to being one person as it is possible for any two people to be,” Baker said.
The former first lady will be buried at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library next to her husband Friday evening.
Nancy Reagan died March 6 at her home in Bel-Air, Calif. She was 94.