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President-Elect Obama Apologizes to Nancy Reagan

Barack Obama issued his first presidential apology after cracking a joke about former First Lady Nancy Reagan in his first press conference since winning the election.
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In the presser, Obama was asked if he has spoken with any living former presidents. Obama used the question to take a shot at the widowed 87-year old Mrs. Reagan.  "I didn't want to get into a Nancy Reagan thing about, you know, doing any seances," he quipped.

The joke didn't go over well.

Obama "Spokesperson" Stephanie Cutter issued a statement to say, "President-elect Barack Obama called Nancy Reagan today to apologize for the careless and off-handed remark he made during today's press conference. The President-elect expressed his admiration and affection for Mrs. Reagan that so many Americans share and they had a warm conversation.

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