This is a sad hour in the life
of America. A great American life has come to an end. I have just spoken to
Nancy Reagan. On behalf of our whole nation, Laura and I offered her and the
Reagan family our prayers and our condolences.
Ronald Reagan won America's
respect with his greatness, and won its love with his goodness. He had the
confidence that comes with conviction, the strength that comes with
character, the grace that comes with humility, and the humor that comes with
wisdom. He leaves behind a nation he restored and a world he helped save.
During the years of President
Reagan, America laid to rest an era of division and self-doubt. And because
of his leadership, the world laid to rest an era of fear and tyranny. Now,
in laying our leader to rest, we say thank you.
He always told us that for
America, the best was yet to come. We comfort ourselves in the knowledge
that this is true for him, too. His work is done, and now a shining city
May God bless Ronald Reagan.