If Barack Obama needed an indicator that life is different for a President compared to a candidate, he got it on Friday. Obama made an attempt at humor about Nancy Reagan and seances. Of course, Mrs. Reagan did not hold seances in the White House. That was Mary Todd Lincoln's pet activity. Before the the day was over, Obama made a call to apologize to Mrs. Reagan. From various press accounts, Mrs. Reagan accepted the President-elect's apology and had a good conversation with the President-elect.
Regardless, the gaffe served notice to President-elect Obama that his words now mean more than ever. It is that fact that perhaps made a once glib Governor of Texas seemed unsure and halted in his speech once he became President.
Below is a video of the President-elect's first gaffe.