Friday, November 7, 2008

Obama Apologizes to Nancy Reagan: Ah, So He Can Misspeak

Yes, I heard the Nancy Reagan joke during President Elect Obama's first press conference. Here's what went down:
Question: Thank you for asking. Here's my question. I'm wondering what you're doing to get ready. Have you spoke to any living ex-presidents, what books you might be reading?

Everyone wants to know, what kind of dog are you going to buy for your girls? Have you decided on a private or public school for your daughters?

Obama: Let -- let me list those off.

In terms of speaking to former presidents, I've spoken to all of them that are living. Obviously, President Clinton -- I didn't want to get into a Nancy Reagan thing about, you know, doing any seances.

I have re-read some of Lincoln's writings, who's always an extraordinary inspiration. (Transcript)
Obama is only a few years younger than I, so he probably recalls when Nancy Regan seance jokes were common, an offshoot of the public learning the former First Lady consulted astrologers after John Hinckley, Jr., attempted to assassinate her husband, President Ronald Reagan.

"New Age Nancy" was discussed as a mini-scandal, almost as much as the Sarah Palin clothing expense hubbub (BTW, Palin says the most she ever asked for was a Diet Dr. Pepper).

Still, I knew Obama had stepped in it a little when he joked at Nancy's expense. Well, he's only human, something I've said before and something he's always acknowledged. Anyway, here's a link to the story about the apology.

The Nancy Reagan joke was a minor miscalculation. He'll eventually make a larger mistake, but again, he is human. And I'm cutting him some slack because he recently had his first classified national security briefing. When I heard about it yesterday, I said, "Here we go. Classified security briefing aka let's scare the hell out of the new guy." But I figured he'd be o.k., being Mr. Coolness and all.

Yet, even when we think Obama will be o.k. and do well on his own, we should give him whatever help we can. I like what Oprah said today on her Fridays Live show today, that each morning at 8:00 she and some staff gather to pray for Barack Obama.

I've heard that wisdom before. Oprah didn't say this, but the practice comes from the Bible (and perhaps other religious books as well).

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