President Obama Skipping Nancy Reagan's Funeral For SXSW

President Barack Obama did not attend First Lady Nancy Reagan's funeral on Friday. Obama instead went to speak at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, delivering the keynote address.

The annual event features musical performances, movie screenings and conferences on interactive media and technology. It is a must-attend event for those in tech and Silicon Valley. First Lady Michelle Obama attended the funeral instead.

The news comes days after President Obama said Mrs. Reagan "had redefined the role" of First Lady. He also said, "Later, in her long goodbye with President Reagan, she became a voice on behalf of millions of families going through the depleting, aching reality of Alzheimer’s, and took on a new role, as advocate, on behalf of treatments that hold the potential and the promise to improve and save lives."

During a Tuesday appearance at Union Market in Washington DC to promote her Let Girls Learn education initiative, Mrs. Obama described her late predecessor as "a woman of incredible strength and grace."

Mrs. Obama went on to say, "Through the examples she set both during her time in the White House and beyond, Nancy Reagan reminded us of the importance of women's leadership at every level of our society. And on a personal note, Mrs Reagan also understood the value of mentoring. She warmly and willingly offered advice and encouragement to me as I settled into my role as First Lady, and I am so grateful for her kindness and generosity to me and my family over the years, and I hope that our continued work to educate girls worldwide is a fitting tribute to her legacy."

The President's attendance at SXSW was announced four days before Mrs. Reagan passed away from congestive heart failure.

On Monday, The Reagan Library announced that Mrs. Reagan would lie in repose for public visitation on Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Instead of flowers, Mrs. Reagan asked that contributions be made to the library.

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