Michelle Obama Sharing This Photo With Nancy Reagan Reminds Us of a Different Age in Politics

Yesterday would have been former First Lady Nancy Reagan’s 100th birthday, and fellow former First Lady Michelle Obama marked the occasion with a sweet photo from a lunch they’d shared back in 2013, when the Obamas were first settling in to the White House and Michelle called on a predecessor to help her find her way. President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden have worked hard to make good on a cornerstone of their campaign: the promise of a return to “normalcy,” after a Trump era that, regardless of one’s politics, felt like an unending series of disruptions to the norm. Michelle Obama’s throwback photo with Reagan seems like a similar callback to a time when one administration informed another, and shared history one could overcome differences in policy — a tradition the Trumps decidedly upended.

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