Obama Slams Nancy Reagan's Seances, but Comment Confuses Her with Hillary
Friday, November 7, 2008 3:49 PM
By: Phil Brennan and Kenneth D. Williams Article Font Size
In President-elect Barack Obama's first press conference, he reaffirmed his determination to see his tax plans enacted, ducked a question about whether he will increase taxes for upper-income Americans as he said he would during the campaign, and mistakenly slammed Nancy Reagan for doing something that Hillary Clinton actually did.
She asked Obama how he was preparing for the job of president. "Have you spoken to any living ex-presidents, I was wondering what books you might be reading, everyone wants to know what kind of dog are you going to buy for your girls, and have you decided on a private or public school for your daughters?”
Obama came back with this: “In terms of speaking with former presidents, I have spoken to all of them that are living … obviously President Clinton … Hey, I didn’t want to get into a Nancy Reagan thing about doing any séances …
I have re-read some of Lincoln’s writings … and President Carter, President Bush Sr. as well as the current president, who have all been very gracious.”
The gathered press laughed but apparently didn’t notice that Obama confused Nancy Reagan with former first Lady Hillary Clinton, who did admit to having at least one séance in which she summoned the spirit of Eleanor Roosevelt.
Nancy Reagan consulted an astrologist after President Reagan was shot.