WASHINGTON – Jill Biden praised on Monday Nancy Reagan as First Lady who “made such a big difference” as the current First Lady moderated the unveiling of a new U.S. postage stamp honoring a woman who filled that role 40 years before Biden took office.
That Issued by the US Postal Service A forever premium stamp featuring Nancy Reagan is part of a yearlong commemoration of the former First Lady’s 100th birthday by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute.
At a White House ceremony, Biden spoke of the “incredible platform” First Ladies are gaining to serve the people after “we just burst into the national spotlight in ways I know none of us could have predicted.”
“First Lady Nancy Reagan has served the American people with grace,” Biden said. “She understood that the role of first lady had inherent pitfalls and trials, but she found the humanity in everything. She knew the potential of this role.”
“Next month would have been her 101st birthday,” Biden continued. “And with this stamp we confirm that she has moved so much.”
Nancy Reagan was born on July 6, 1921.
Fred Ryan, a White House aide to President Ronald Reagan, said the former first lady has championed foster grandparents, championed the arts and restored and remodeled portions of the White House. She is also known for her anti-drug campaign Just Say No, for her mastectomy after her breast cancer diagnosis during the Reagan presidency, and for her passionate devotion to her husband.
But the White House’s announcement in the final week of Monday’s event sparked angry comments on social media from people noting the Reagan’s indifference to gays and lesbians and the AIDS crisis that raged during their tenure as President and First Lady exploded.
Other commentators have expressed outrage that the White House, under a Democratic president, was even hosting the event, let alone during Pride Month, which celebrates LGBTQ people.
Jill Biden’s office did not respond to an emailed request for comment. Last week, President Joe Biden released one Proclamation for Pride Month in which he said the rights of LGBTQI people are currently “under relentless attack” and tried to reassure them that “my government sees you for who you are and deserves dignity, respect and support”.
In her remarks, Jill Biden spoke of needing everyone’s help to “bring our communities together.”
“We must learn from those we don’t understand to bridge the gap and find common ground, because that is where the foundation of our future must be laid,” she said.
The unveiling was also attended by US Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and Anne Peterson, niece of Nancy Reagan. Ryan is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute.
Nancy Reagan is the sixth first lady to appear on a U.S. postage stamp, after Martha Washington, Dolley Madison, Abigail Adams, Eleanor Roosevelt and Lady Bird Johnson, DeJoy said.
The stamp is scheduled to be officially released on July 6 during a dedication at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, California, he said.
Nancy Reagan died March 2016 at the age of 94.
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