June 2nd, 2009
04:51 PM ET
5 years ago

Gibbs says no slight meant to Nancy Reagan

(CNN) - The White House meant no disrespect toward Nancy Reagan when it failed to invite the former first lady and vigorous supporter of embryonic stem cell research to a bill signing ceremony on the subject, press secretary Robert Gibbs said Tuesday.

"I think she speaks in real personal terms about the issue," Gibbs told reporters. "And I think her candor and her courage have been heartening and we certainly meant no slight to her whatsoever."

On Monday, Vanity Fair published an interview with Reagan on its Web site in which she suggested the Obama administration missed an opportunity by not inviting her to witness the president sign the bill allowing federal funds to be directed toward stem cell research - a policy Reagan has long promoted despite objections from many in the Republican Party.

"I would have gone, and you know I don't like to travel," she told the magazine. "Politically, it would have been a good thing for him to do. Oh well, nobody's perfect. He called and thanked me for working on it. But he could have gotten more mileage out of it."

Gibbs' comments also come the same day Reagan attended a White House ceremony as President Obama signed legislation authorizing the Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission.

She'll also attend the unveiling of a new statue of President Reagan Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. in the Capitol Rotunda and then share a private White House lunch with Michelle Obama.

Obama issued an apology to Reagan earlier this year after joking in a press conference that she held séances during her years in the White House - an apparent reference to reports she consulted with astrologists when her husband was president.


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  1. MatthewDetroit

    Larry,
    Good comeback.... are you kidding thats all you could say. Come on dude at least come up with something original.

    June 2, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  2. Darth Vadik, CA

    Teleprompter of the U.S.A,

    Are you saying there are many UAW union workers who are millionares and are responsible for the GM bankruptcy?

    Geee, I didn't know that union members were so cruel as to decide to only make gas guzzlers and relly on "Americans will buy only American cars so to heck with being efficient" ideas to further their companies.

    Oh, wait, that's right, union members were being dwindled down while the execs who made all the decisions regarding these things.

    Moron.

    June 2, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  3. Teleprompter of the U.S.A.

    Oh course, I have no proof on what I just said.

    Also, I'm ok with all the oil execs that became Billionaires because of my President Bush!
    -------------------------------–

    You can't beat me so you use my posting title to make idiotic posts. Good one Fake TOTUS!

    June 2, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  4. Lisa in Alabama

    I'm surprised Nancy Reagan didn't know she wouldn't be invited. Didn't she consult her astrologist?

    June 2, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  5. Joseph, Los Angeles

    CNN has become a gossip news organazation. I haven't tuned in for months and I don't miss your new channel at all. Gossip! Gossip! Gossip! You remind me on the bully in the school yard that starts fights and look the other way... who me; I didn't do anything?!

    June 2, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  6. Dan

    I am no fan of Obama, but I believe that not inviting her was a oversight. It could have also been because she admits she does not like to travel, she is recovering from a fall, and she is elderly. Either way, it was not done for political reasons or to "punish" her in any way.

    As for her comments about Obama getting more mileage out of it, let it be. She was not being a "rethuglicant". (get real). She was being practical. Do you honestly believe that any politician does anything for other than political reasons? Yes, there are a few examples, but not that many. They have their own agendas just like the rest of Americans do.

    June 2, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  7. John

    Teleprompter of the U.S.A. your arguement is literally "I know you are but what am I".

    What a childish fool you make of yourself.

    June 2, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  8. Darth Vadik, CA

    Did I mention that these execs gave themeselves bougus bonuses while trying to deny healthcare to their workers?

    June 2, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  9. ALL I CAN DO IS BLAME SOMEBODY ELSE FOR MY OWN PROBLEMS IN LIFE

    All i hear is the word hate and racism any more...

    Dam rep. like newt,rush and Rev. wright

    June 2, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  10. Sam

    CNN look at the story just below this one with Nancy on Obama's arm and you might just figure out how ridiculous this story is.

    June 2, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  11. TTBALA

    @ matthewdetroit

    Would you give it a rest with your wining Barak won this election without any help from anybode it was his inteligence, like your Stupid Bush had to go crying to the Supreme Court "I WANT TO BE PRESIDENT HELP ME" and they handed him the presidency, and you have the nerve to say there is no professionalism in this White House, your guy didn't know how to speak english you idiot, you have no room to accuse anybody get a grip!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    @phoenix86

    Why don't you just go somewhere and rant and rave your stupidity, ha not one word that came out of your mouth is worth to be printed.

    June 2, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  12. MatthewDetroit

    Firing the Air Traffic Controllers worked out well.
    Unions are the downfall of the US.
    Stupid lazy non motivated people guaranteed a job.
    Laid off for 2 years collecting 90% of their pay.
    Yep the job bank was a real winner for the auto companies.
    You cant close a plant, you cant fire anyone.
    Yep that is a great way to conduct business.
    Everyone else has to work hard except for union workers.
    It is our next socialist step. Hopefully they drive GM into the ground.
    No one will buy cars from them.

    June 2, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  13. I remember

    Nancy's children did not even like her.

    June 2, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  14. Darth Vadik, CA

    Teleprompter of the U.S.A. June 2nd, 2009 5:38 pm ET

    Ad Hominem attacks will get you everywhere with your pseudo-enlightened liberal friends.
    ———————————————————————————————–

    I love it when right wing idiots try to use these huge words trying to sound smart when they sound like a bunch of mumbling idiots (AKA Dennis Miller, AKA Curly Sue – I have a pattent on calling Dennis Miller Curly Sue, everybody remember that)

    June 2, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  15. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Just imagine Limbaugh's reaction if she had been invited and attended?! Ole 2-Face would have had a conniption fit!

    June 2, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  16. John

    MatthewDetroit is a child molester. He was arested and found guiltuy of fondling little boys. As a child he was areset for drowning kittens.

    SInce you are just making thjings up in your twwisted little head that have no basis in fact at all, I thought I would give it a try with you.

    Mathew Detroit is a Pervert!

    June 2, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  17. donttreadonme

    Maybe Obama could make it better by giving Nancy a ride. We can call it Driving Mrs. Regan.

    June 2, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  18. Teleprompter of the U.S.A.

    Teleprompter of the U.S.A,
    Are you saying there are many UAW union workers who are millionares and are responsible for the GM bankruptcy?
    Geee, I didn't know that union members were so cruel as to decide to only make gas guzzlers and relly on "Americans will buy only American cars so to heck with being efficient" ideas to further their companies.
    Oh, wait, that's right, union members were being dwindled down while the execs who made all the decisions regarding these things.
    Moron.
    -------------------------------–

    Why won't Obama show us exactly how that money was spent? I don't remember any liberal squealing like a stuck pig when other liberals were claiming Bush and Cheney were making Haliburton rich and making their big oil buddies rich.

    And I especially love the name calling. Why don't you call liberals who make all these attacks on Bush "moron"?

    Hypcorisy, thy name is liberal.

    June 2, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  19. MatthewDetroit

    No one forced anyone to buy a Suburban or large trucks for that matter.
    Unlike Barack who will force his will upon all, people in the US are allowed to buy what ever cars they want.
    If you call the dealers and look at the reports the Economy cars are piled up and no is buying them.
    Tell your boy barack to start drilling for oil and stop complaining about gas prices.
    He will try but when it comes down to it people bought the cars they wanted not what could or would be forced upon them by Baracks Socialist Party.

    June 2, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  20. Teleprompter of the U.S.A.

    Teleprompter of the U.S.A. your arguement is literally "I know you are but what am I".
    What a childish fool you make of yourself.
    -------------------------------–

    Wrong. I come on here every day and see the utter hypocrisy of the left and liberals like you and now I'm calling you on it.

    And you don't like that one bit. I'm not surprised.

    June 2, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  21. Darth Vadik, CA

    OK for you right wing nuts who dont understand, Curly Sue was a cute little girl who couldn't read, but memorized how to spell a few long words so she could impress and then con people.

    Thus:

    Dennis Miller, really dumb, memorized a few long words, trying to sound smart, and con people at the same time.

    June 2, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  22. bess

    just another "oops" by the Obama administration and there will be more that Gibbs will have to explain by telling us what he thinks people meant. Gibbs is a great mind reader.

    June 2, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  23. Teleprompter of the U.S.A.

    Dennis Miller, really dumb, memorized a few long words, trying to sound smart, and con people at the same time.
    -------------------------------–

    Liberals thought he was hysterical when he was a liberal (he admitted it) and made fun of conservatives.

    Now, not so much.... I wonder why....

    June 2, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  24. Terry Anthony

    i guess the mod didnt like what I just said. i challenge anyone in hear to list anything that he has done that jeopardizes our country. All you guys want to do is shift blame from DUMBYA to President Obama. Heck, its only been 4 months people. How could he not be fixing past issues.

    June 2, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    @ MathewDetroit, who said "This did not in any way stop private business from funding research"

    Give it up dude. The limitation to existing stem cell lines was a practical ban on the research. For stem cell research to be effective and successful, you cannot be limited to a very very narrow line of genetic material. Bush was aware of this and that's why he did it. And the talking point about not stopping private business from funding it is another practical nullity...99% of the time, research of that magnitude and expense does NOT happen without government grant money. The Bush smoke screen smelled like farts and you know it and, despite repeating the above talking points, you enjoyed it...secretly laughing that Bush had, for all practical purposes, completely stopped stem cell research in such a backhanded manner.

    June 2, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
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