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Former Secret Service Agent Says Nancy Reagan’s Personal Life Was As Gracious As Public Life

President Barack Obama escorts former First Lady Nancy Reagan in the Diplomatic Room of the White House June 2, 2009.  (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson) This official White House photograph is being made available for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way or used in materials, advertisements, products, or promotions that in any way suggest approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.Ê

President Barack Obama escorts former First Lady Nancy Reagan in the Diplomatic Room of the White House June 2, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Tim Franklin was well aware of Nancy Reagan’s public life, one punctuated by kindness and class.

But between 2001 and 2003, the former secret service agent was assigned to protect the former first lady, and she was just as gracious in her personal life as she was in her public one, he told AZFamily.com. 

Among Franklin’s jobs was to accompany Reagan the White House in 2002, when she was honored with the Presidential Metal of Freedom.

“It was very unique to be around her during those moments in history after they left office, and see her private reactions to the politics that were happening,” Franklin said.

The former Arizona State University criminologist added: “She was extremely kind to me. She was also, what I would say, the epitome of class.”

On his final day with the former first lady, Franklin posed for a picture with Reagan and expressed his gratitude.

“She responded and thanked me as well. It was a very personal moment, a quiet moment, a brief moment. One that I’ll never forget.”

Reagan died on Sunday at the age of 94.


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