Ronald Reagan

(1911–2004)

Ronald Reagan

Anecdote 1...

In March 1981 a would-be assassin fired several shots at the president and his party as they left a Washington hotel. Reagan was taken to the hospital with a serious chest wound that needed emergency surgery. As he was wheeled into the operating theater he smiled, looked around at the team of surgeons, and said, “Please assure me that you are all Republicans!”

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Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didnt pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.

If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.

~Ronald Reagan

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Anecdote 2...

Even the Democrats were impressed by Reagan’s first televised budget speech, in which he used a handful of small change to illustrate the current value of the dollar. “It takes an actor to do that,” admitted one of his rivals. “Carter would have emphasized all the wrong words. Ford would have fumbled and dropped the cash. Nixon would have pocketed it.”

Biographical Note: 

Ronald Reagan was a U.S. film actor and politician; 40th president of the United States (1981-1989). He won fame as a movie actor, particularly in low-budget Westerns, before moving on to politics in his later years. A conservative Republican, he was governor of California (1966-74).

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Read a short biography of Ronald Reagan.

Read the text of Reagan’s greatest speech: “Tear Down This Wall” (delivered June 12, 1987). Two years later, in November 1989, the East German government issued a decree for the wall to be opened, thus allowing people to travel freely across the barrier between East and West Berlin.