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    Now That Was A Speech

    Now That Was A Speech

    Ronald Reagan’s televised address to the nation after the Challenger disaster in 1986 touched the nation as few other presidential addresses have. 

    Reagan’s speech text was a masterpiece of brevity and eloquence, but it was the presentation which touched the nation.  Simplicity was the order of the day.  No crowds or stadiums were needed.

    As always, Reagan brought his optimistic outlook and his abiding belief in the greatness of the nation’s spirit:

    And I want to say something to the schoolchildren of America who were watching the live coverage of the shuttle’s takeoff. I know it is hard to understand, but sometimes painful things like this happen. It’s all part of the process of exploration and discovery. It’s all part of taking a chance and expanding man’s horizons. The future doesn’t belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave. The Challenger crew was pulling us into the future, and we’ll continue to follow them.

    President Reagan spoke directly to each and every one of us, in a way no one else could:

    We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and “slipped the surly bonds of earth” to “touch the face of God.”

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    @sky…..

    I suppose that a person who is accused of murder, when no such thing was even remotely true, should have laid down for the likes of viscous and slanderous tools such as yourself to trod upon?

    Would you have done the same? Would you have accepted the undeserved and false accusations of fanatical followers of a "ideal"?

    No, you would not have. You would have taken the responsibility, and would have had the respect for your family and self, to answer the charges.

    Simply put, that is what Mrs. Palin did. Nothing more.

    I miss having a real president!

    Yes, a memorial oration, a loving tribute to brave souls, a compassionate embrace of their families, a leader devoid of ego, a call from a front line Commander-in-Chief to an intrepid nation to drive on. That is a speech.

    I'm with @JoAnne – I wish I'd appreciated him when I was younger, as well. I truly don't know how I missed that that speech was just one small example of why people correctly honored Reagan as "the great communicator." I know he didn't write all his speeches, but I've learned after reading about him that he wrote many of his own speeches. He was eloquent, compassionate, and articulate, in addition to gifted in his ability with the written word.

    Sarah Palin is the only person I've seen to-date, including The (narcissistic) One, who can claim to come even close to him. But the toxic liberal media, holding their weapon of controlling the airwaves (save talk radio) poison the minds of so many. That is the evil within, IMHO.

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    Mr Obama, the people's President gave a good speech and spoke directly to each and every one of us, in a way no one else could. It is a true joy watching you and your followers turn yourselves inside out avoiding giving credit where credit is due.

    Your welcome.

    Ema Nymton
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