First Lady Michelle Obama says the late Nancy Reagan was a ''woman of incredible strength and grace, and she was a passionate advocate for so many important issues.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) First Lady Michelle Obama paid tribute to former First Lady Nancy Reagan during the "Let Girls Learn" event in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday (March 8). "Mrs. Reagan was a woman of incredible strength and grace, and she was a passionate advocate for so many important issues. Through the example she set, both during her time in the White House and beyond, Mrs. Reagan reminded us of the importance of women's leadership at every level of our society," Obama said. The first lady will attend Reagan's funeral on Friday. Nancy will be buried next to her husband, former President Ronald Reagan, at his presidential library in California, officials said on Monday. Reagan, the former actress who was fiercely protective of her husband through a Hollywood career, eight years in the White House, an assassination attempt and his Alzheimer's disease, died on Sunday at age 94. "Mrs. Reagan also understood the value of mentoring. She warmly and willingly offered advice and encouragement to me as I settled into my role as First Lady. And I am so grateful for her kindness and generosity to me and my family over the years, and I hope that our continued work to educate girls worldwide is a fitting tribute to her legacy," Obama said.