Obama apologizes to Nancy Reagan over 'seances' comment

Associated Press

CHICAGO — President-elect Obama has called Nancy Reagan to apologize for joking that she held seances in the White House.

At a news conference Friday, Obama said he had spoken with all the living presidents. Then he smiled and said he didn’t want to get into a "Nancy Reagan thing" about doing seances.

The former first lady had consulted with astrologers during her husband’s presidency. But she did not hold conversations with the dead.

Obama spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter said the president-elect called Mrs. Reagan to apologize for the remark the spokeswoman characterized as "careless and offhanded."

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