Tributes, condolences pouring in for Nancy Reagan

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LOS ANGELES — Tributes from world leaders, politicians and celebrities are pouring in for former first lady Nancy Reagan, who died Sunday. She was 94.

“Mrs. Reagan will be buried at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, next to her husband, Ronald Wilson Reagan, who died on June 5, 2004. Prior to the funeral service, there will be an opportunity for members of the public to pay their respects at the Library,” a spokesperson for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library said in a statement.

After the news of her passing, statements starting flooding in.

Here are just a few of those.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama: 

“Nancy Reagan once wrote that nothing could prepare you for living in the White House. She was right, of course. But we had a head start, because we were fortunate to benefit from her proud example, and her warm and generous advice. Our former first lady redefined the role in her time here. Later, in her long goodbye with President Reagan, she became a voice on behalf of millions of families going through the depleting, 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. 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.”

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger:

“Nancy Reagan was one of my heroes. She served as First Lady with unbelievable power, class and grace and left her mark on the world. She’s with her Ronnie now, but those of us she left behind will miss her dearly.”

Former First Lady Barbara Bush:

“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.”

Former President George W. Bush:

“Laura and I are saddened by the loss of former first lady Nancy Reagan. Mrs. Reagan was fiercely loyal to her beloved husband, and that devotion was matched only by her devotion to our country. Her influence on the White House was complete and lasting. During her time as first lady and since, she raised awareness about drug abuse and breast cancer. When we moved into the White House, we benefited from her work to make those historic rooms beautiful. Laura and I are grateful for the life of Nancy Reagan, and we send our condolences to the entire Reagan family.”

Former President Jimmy Carter:

“President Reagan has been reunited with his wife and partner but America and the Reagan family have lost a woman of grace and strength. I join people from around the country and the world in sending them our best thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. A woman of strength and wit, Nancy Reagan’s dedication to our country was matched only by that of her husband. Theirs was one of our nation’s great love stories and a model of shared devotion to our country. America is stronger and better for their service.”

Former President Bill Clinton and Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton:

“Nancy was an extraordinary woman: a gracious first lady, proud mother and devoted wife to President Reagan — her Ronnie. Her strength of character was legendary, particularly when tested by the attempted assassination of the president, and throughout his battle with Alzheimer’s. She leaves a remarkable legacy of good.”

Republican Presidential candidate Marco Rubio:

“Today our nation mourns the loss of Nancy Reagan, a true example of integrity and grace. My prayers are with the entire Reagan family.”

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:

“I remember Nancy as a noble woman who supported President Reagan and stood by his side. She will be remembered as a great friend of the State of Israel.”

Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders:

“Nancy Reagan was an exemplary first lady. Even after her time in the White House, she was an outspoken advocate for stem-cell research to find a cure for Alzheimer’s Nancy Reagan had a god heart, and she will be dearly missed.”

Ohio Senator Rob Portman:

“Nancy Reagan lived a storybook life that took her from Hollywood to the White House, from actress to First Lady and devoted public servant. Her devotion to our country, and to her husband, was extraordinary, and I was so honored that I had the opportunity to meet her.

“With CARA on the Senate floor this week, I would like to acknowledge her significant contributions in the struggle to end drug abuse and addiction. She was a true leader on this issue, and I have no doubt that her focus on education and prevention, as well as treatment and recovery, helped save many Americans from the disease of addiction. Jane and I extend our condolences to the Reagan family.”

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine:

“Fran and I were sad to learn that Nancy Reagan has died. Nancy Reagan used her position as First Lady to encourage our kids to just say no to drugs, which is a message that remains relevant today.   Her love for President Reagan was steadfast, unconditional, and provided him with unfailing support.   He said often said that his life began when he met Nancy.  While we mourn her loss, and express our sympathy to her children and grandchildren, we take comfort that the Reagans are reunited in heaven.”