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President Obama: Nancy Reagan "will be missed"

WASHINGTON -- President Obama said he once had the opportunity to meet with former first lady Nancy Reagan, and she could not have been more charming and gracious to him and Michelle Obama when he came into office.

The president spoke about the former first lady on Monday after meeting with financial regulators and advisers. Earlier in the day, he had ordered flags on federal buildings to be flown at half-staff in her memory.

Mr. Obama remarked on Nancy Reagan's role in Ronald Reagan's life.

"I think it's been well documented the extraordinary love that she had for her husband, and the extraordinary comfort and strength she provided him during really hard times," Mr. Obama said.

The president said he, too, has been lucky to have an extraordinary partner in his life. He said he knows how much she meant to the president and country as a whole.

"He was lucky to have her, and I'm sure he would be the first to acknowledge that, so she will be missed," he said.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest, asked whether the president would attend the funeral, said officials were waiting until funeral arrangements for the former first lady are settled before determining who will represent the White House at the service.

Mrs. Reagan died Sunday at the age of 94. She will lay in repose on Wednesday and Thursday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. Her funeral will be held on Friday and she will be buried next to President Reagan, who died in 2004.