Skip to comments.Reagan Insider Refutes Obama Claim of 'Warm Conversation' After Press Conf. Insult
Posted on 11/09/2008 9:17:49 AM PST by kristinn
Veteran reporter and talk radio host Andrea Shea King reported this weekend at her blog, The Radio Patriot that a close friend of the Reagan family has contradicted the claim by the Obama administration-in-waiting that President-elect Obama had a "warm conversation" with former First Lady Nancy Reagan when he called her to apologize for insulting her at a press conference Friday afternoon.
Responding to a question by Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times about whether he had consulted with "any living ex-presidents", Obama replied:
"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 reread some of Lincoln's writings, who's always an extraordinary inspiration.
"And, by the way, President Carter, President Bush, Sr., as well as the current president have all been very gracious and offered to provide any help that they can in this transition process."
Obama spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter issued a statement several hours after the press conference about Obama's call to Mrs. Reagan:
"President-elect Barack Obama called Nancy Reagan today to apologize for the careless and off-handed remark he made during todays press conference. The president-elect expressed his admiration and affection for Mrs. Reagan that so many Americans share and they had a warm conversation."
Yesterday, a Reagan insider gave a differing account of the phone call:
"Nancy is at home, comfortable, giving her pelvic bone a chance to heal from what was in fact a minor break. I know that he called Nancy to apologize and she was not warm to him."
The Reagan insider also expressed their own opinion on Obama's remarks:
"I was not thrilled by President-Elect Obama's gaffe in his press conference when he said that he had consulted all the living presidents but couldn't talk to Ronald Reagan because he wasn't going to do a Nancy Reagan thing and have a seance. His wide grin after saying that, like "Am I clever, or what?" was, in my opinion, a very poor example of what he'll be like when he is on his own, without a script and a teleprompter, speaking with the tough leaders of Russia, Iran and North Korea."
King said in her report the Reagan insider wishes to remain anonymous.
Obama's remark was not only insulting, it was factually inaccurate, as ABC News' Jake Tapper reported Friday:
Incidentally, Nancy Reagan never held a séance at the White House, though she was reported to have consulted with an astrologer when planning her husband's schedules. It was Mary Todd Lincoln who regularly held séances.
When she was first lady, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., worked with spiritual adviser Jean Houston to access an "Eleanor Roosevelt-like consciousness" from within her own psyche. Clinton wrote in a column that Roosevelt "usually responds by telling me to buck up, or at least to grow skin as thick as a rhinoceros."
Based in central Florida, Andrea Shea King hosts a talk show on BlogTalk Radio weeknights at 9 Eastern. She previously hosted shows at WDBO-AM, WMMB-AM, and WMEL-AM, was an anchor and reporter at at WESH-TV and a columnist for Florida Today newspaper.
I hope Nancy gave him hell.
How dare a President-elect speak of a President’s widow that way.
I guess since Nancy apparently didn’t tell 0bama to F-off, that he considered that to be a ‘warm convervation’...
I heard this remark and saw that smirk and all I could think of was the smirk on Obama’s face when he flipped off Hillary and John McCain during the course of the campaign.
This boy is headed for a big comedown and I just hope I’m around to see it.
That explains the pantsuits.
when talking with conservatives--
anything less than exchanging the "F" words is considered "warm".
I was hoping Nancy would not be warm to him. I hope she called him PUNK at least once!
>> His wide grin after saying that, like “Am I clever, or what?” <<
Like a 12 year-old.
He is sure part of the “Look at ME!” generation.
The Kenyan Clown cannot handle speaking with friendly leaders of allies: Obama, Polish president at odds on call.
I don’t know if anyone else is surprised that he was actually able to be forced to call her, but I sure am.
I hate this crap! Just like with Karl Ka-moron, if you don't tell us who said it... it wasn't said.
Never contradict the One.
Let's summarize: The One has been President-elect for less than a week, and in that time he's committed an ugly and mean-spirted gaffe against a former First Lady, and has thrown a strong ally, Poland, under the bus.
How much more damage can Obama do before he's even inaugurated?
I’m sure BO thinks of Nancy as a “typical white person” who deserves no real respect.
He has a lot of buried anger in there.
Wait a minute. This is another story from an ‘anonymous’ source. While I lean towards believing it, all leaks should be taken with a grain of salt.
Did this creep even go to his grandmothers funeral?