JIM LEHRER: And finally tonight, the unveiling of a bronze statue of the nation’s 40th president, Ronald Reagan.
Friends and family, including the 87-year-old former first lady, gathered in the Capitol Rotunda for today’s ceremony. And here’s an excerpt, beginning with comments from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
REP. NANCY PELOSI, D-Calif., speaker of the House: The unveiling of a statue in the Capitol is always exciting, but rarely are we able to do it in the presence of an immediate family member. It’s usually about history.
Today it is a great privilege for all of us — for all of us — to be joined by the former first lady, Mrs. Ronald Reagan, Nancy Reagan. We’re honored by your presence.
NANCY REAGAN, former First Lady of the United States: The statue is a wonderful likeness of Ronnie, and he would be so proud. You know, the last time that I was in this room was for Ronnie’s service, so it’s nice to be back under happier circumstances.
ANNOUNCER: Ladies and gentlemen, the statue of President Ronald Reagan.
JIM LEHRER: President Reagan lay in state in the Capitol Rotunda, where the statue now stands. He died in 2004 at the age of 93.