Alexander Haig, the former military officer, secretary of state and top official in the administrations of three presidents, has died.
85-year old Haig had served under three presidents -- Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan.
As Reagan's secretary of state, Haig famously (and incorrectly) declared, "As of now, I am in control here, in the White House, pending the return of the vice president," he declared shortly after President Reagan was shot on March 30, 1981. Vice President George H.W. Bush was en route from Texas after the shooting in Washington.
The White House released a statement from President Obama on Haig's passing:
Today we mourn the loss of Alexander Haig, a great American who served our country with distinction. General Haig exemplified our finest warrior-diplomat tradition of those who dedicate their lives to public service. He enjoyed a remarkable and decorated career, rising to become a four-star general and serving as Supreme Allied Commander of Europe before also serving as Secretary of State. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Haig "served his country in many capacities for many years, earning honor on the battlefield, the confidence of presidents and prime ministers, and the thanks of a grateful nation."
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