U.S. President Barack Obama paid tribute to former First Lady Nancy Reagan, saying that President Ronald Reagan was ''lucky to have her.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. President Barack Obama paid tribute to former First Lady Nancy Reagan, who died over the weekend," saying that President Ronald Reagan was "lucky to have her" and that she will be missed. "I had the opportunity Ms. Reagan once, obviously she was already advanced in age but could not have been more gracious and more charming to myself and Michelle when we first came into office," Obama said. "i think it has been well documented the extraordinary love that she had for her husband, and the extraordinary comfort and strength that she provided him during really hard times," he said., "As somebody who has been lucy enough to have an extraordinary partner in my life as well, I know how much she meant, not just to President Reagan but to the country as a whole," he said. "He was lucky to have her, I am sure he would be the first to acknowledge that, so she will be missed." Nancy Reagan, the former actress who was fiercely protective of husband Ronald Reagan through a Hollywood career, eight years in the White House, an assassination attempt and her husband's Alzheimer's disease, died on Sunday at age 94. The cause of death was congestive heart failure, said a spokeswoman for the Reagan presidential library. She died at her Los Angeles home. Reagan became one of the most influential first ladies in U.S. history during her Republican husband's presidency from 1981 to 1989. Her husband, who affectionately called her "Mommy" while she called him "Ronnie," died in 2004 after a long struggle with Alzheimer's, the progressive brain disorder that destroys memory.