Obama to Nancy: Sorry for comment

Nov. 7, 2008 at 9:18 PM

CHICAGO, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- U.S. President-elect Barack Obama apologized Friday to former first lady Nancy Reagan for an off-the-cuff comment, a spokeswoman said.

During his first post-election news conference, Obama made a point of saying he was consulting former presidents about the nation's problems.

"In terms of speaking to former presidents, I've spoken to all of them that are living," Obama said in answer to a question, The Washington Post reported. "Obviously, President Clinton -- I didn't want to get into a Nancy Reagan thing about, you know, doing any seances."

After making the slip, Obama quickly tried to make good.

The Post said transition spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter announced: "President-elect Barack Obama called Nancy Reagan today to apologize for the careless and off-handed remark he made during today's press conference. The president-elect expressed his admiration and affection for Mrs. Reagan that so many Americans share and they had a warm conversation."

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