Former U.S. first lady Nancy Reagan passed away at age 94 on Sunday, March 6, and her death immediately elicited reactions from the United States President Barack Obama, as well as the presidential candidates and other key personalities.
Reagan died of congestive heart failure, 12 years after her husband, former U.S. President Ronald Reagan, had passed away due to complication-induced pneumonia. Immediately after the news broke about the first lady?s death, social media is awash with tributes and nostalgia.
President Obama and wife Michelle Obama were among the first ones who released a statement regarding the devastating news. ?We offer our sincere condolences to their children, Patti, Ron and Michael, and to their grandchildren. And we remain grateful for Nancy Reagan?s life, thankful for her guidance, and prayerful that she and her beloved husband are together again,? said the President in an Instagram post reported by US Magazine.
Prior to that, the President also described the former First Lady as the one who became ?a voice on behalf of millions of families going through deplating, aching reality of Alzheimer?s, and took on a new role, as advocate, on behalf of treatments that hold the potential and the promise to improve and save lives.?
Aside from President Obama and his wife, some presidential hopefuls also released their own reactions about the passing of Reagan.
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton and Wife Hillary Clinton
?Hillary and I were deeply saddened to learn of Nancy Reagan?s passing. Nancy was an extraordinary woman: a gracious First Lady, proud mother and devoted wife to President Reagan,? said the couple. They also commended the works of the late first lady, as she leaves a ?remarkable legacy of good that includes her tireless advocacy for Alzheimer?s research and the Foster Grandparent Program.? Lastly, the Clintons added, ?We join all Americans in extending our prayers and condolences to her beloved children and her entire family during this difficult time.?
Presidential Candidate Donald Trump
?Nancy Reagan, the wife of a truly great President, was an amazing woman. She will be missed,? said Trump in a very short reaction posted on his official Twitter account.
Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz
It was also through Twitter wherein Cruz expressed his tribute for the former First Lady. ?Nancy Reagan will be remembered for her deep passion for this nation and love for her husband, Ronald. The Reagan family is in our prayers,? he said in a tweet.
Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders
?No matter your party or political ideology, this is a sad day for America,? Sanders started in a statement reported by New York Times. Nancy Reagan was an exemplary first lady. A devoted partner, she was her husband?s most trusted advisor and, as such, served our country as well. Even after her time in the White House, she was an outspoken advocate for stem-cell research to find cure for Alzheimer?s. Nancy Reagan had a good heart, and she will be dearly missed,? the candidate added.
Presidential Candidate Marco Rubio
New York Times was also the one who reported this tribute from Rubio. The statement concluded, ?It was an honor to have met Mrs. Reagan when I spoke at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in 2011. She went out of her way to warmly welcome Jeanette and me. She will be sorely missed by those who knew her, and forever be remembered by a grateful nation,? said Rubio.
These are just some of the politicians who paid tribute to the former First Lady Nancy Reagan. According to KTLA, she will be buried next to her husband at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, as shared by Joanne Drake, spokeswoman of the library.