WASHINGTON — A smiling Nancy Reagan, escorted by her husband, kicked up her heels today during a jazzy, balloon-filled return to the White House five days after breast cancer surgery.
"I'm touched . . . I'm very, very happy to be home--very," Mrs. Reagan said in a wavering voice as a grinning President stood by her side.
"I'll say, 'Welcome home,' " Reagan said, adding, "I'm going to get her upstairs now."
Reagan, who had flown by helicopter to the suburban Bethesda Naval Hospital to bring his recuperating wife home, gingerly helped her step from the aircraft and walk across the South Lawn.
Mrs. Reagan, who appeared a bit pale, smiled and waved at the hundreds of White House staff members and children who had been brought to greet her return.