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First Lady Said To Be Looking Forward To Leaving Washington

August 22, 1987

WASHINGTON (AP) _ First Lady Nancy Reagan is ″feeling ‘up’ and really looking forward to next year,″ her press secretary Elaine Crispin said in a report published Sunday.

Mrs. Reagan is already anticipating the return to private life away from the ″fishbowl″ of official Washington, according to friends, U.S. News & World Report said in its Aug. 31 issue.

One friend said the first lady views the upcoming move back home at the end of President Reagan’s term as the chance for ″a whole new lease on both their lives,″ the magazine said.

U.S. News & World Report also quotes friends of the first lady as saying Mrs. Reagan has become more philosophical about stories depicting her husband as being out of touch.

″All those stories are just so much nonsense,″ Mrs. Reagan is reported to have told an unidentified friend las week. ″If they only knew what he does from morning to night. Most people couldn’t keep up with him.″

The magazine said the first lady is planning to ask Pope John Paul II for advice on her anti-drug campaign. She is scheduled to have a private meeting with the pontiff during his visit to the United States next month.

Mrs. Reagan is also said to be generally pleased with Howard Baker’s performance as White House chief of staff. The first lady’s dissatisfaction with former chief of staff Donald Regan was widely reported to have played a significant role in his departure.

″Howard Baker can relax,″ the magazine said.

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