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When talking with kids some say I don’t know about President Reagan. Some kids say I know Ronald Reagan was a President but but know nothing about him. Others know nothing about President Reagan or only that he was an actor. Only a few kids know that he was also the 40th President of the United States.
President Reagan was an Actor but that was just a small part of his life that helped to make him great. Ronald Reagan grew up poor and went to college where he studied economics. Later he became an actor, a spokesman and then Governor of California.
If President Reagan was still living he would have been 103 years old on February 6th, 2014
Kids need to know about President Reagan and how he inspired America with sense and purpose. Ronald Reagan believed not only in the freedoms that we as Americans have such as freedom of speech and religion but also that all people should be free.
President Reagan brought down the Berlin wall. “Tear down this wall!” was the challenge issued by United States President Ronald Reagan to Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev to destroy the Berlin Wall, in a speech at the Brandenburg Gate near the Berlin Wall on June 12, 1987
Kids need to know that President Reagan believed that parents should teach their kids just how exceptional America is. He believed that if parents did not understand these freedoms kids should teach it to their parents. President Reagan was not like some Presidents that want to make excuses and apologize for America for being the great country that it is. Instead, President Reagan wanted us to understand how lucky we are to be able to experience our life as Americans.
President Reagan was about being an optimist. He was a man that knew how to use the humor of everyday life and he was a man of deep conviction.
President Reagan was called by many names such as The Gipper, Dutch and Great Communicator. To me though he was President Reagan, 40th President of the United States and a great man who still inspires Americans to protect our freedom in America, to seek freedom for the world and continue to make America and even greater place to live.
Some day I will get to visit the Reagan Ranch and the Reagan library where I will get to feel closer to his presence. Until that time I will continue to honor the memory of President Reagan by doing my small part to help keep his memory alive.
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Ronald Reagan Interview he celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall
This Kids Speak Educational Series video is a Ronald Reagan interview in which he discusses the fall of the Berlin Wall that fell on November 9, 1989.
The Berlin Wall Came Down on November 9, 1989. “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”
November 9th is an important date in our nations history. Twenty five years ago the Berlin Wall came down. Recent history seems to play down the fact that Ronald Reagan was responsible for this feat more than any other person.
President Ronald Reagan spoke to the people of West Berlin on June 12, 1987. On that day these famous words were spoke, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” as he stood at the base of the Brandenburg Gate, near the Berlin wall. The President’s words were amplified and also heard on the Eastern (Communist-controlled) side of the wall. This address by Ronald Reagan is considered by many to have affirmed the beginning of the end of the Cold War and the fall of communism. The Berlin Wall was breached 21 years ago on November 9, 1989 as the people of a free Berlin tore down that wall.
Ronald Reagan’s “tear down that wall,” address may well be the “Great Communicator’s” best remembered speech. The following is an excerpt from that famous address.
“In the 1950s, Khrushchev predicted: ‘We will bury you.’ But in the West today, we see a free world that has achieved a level of prosperity and well-being unprecedented in all human history. In the Communist world, we see failure, technological backwardness, declining standards of health, even want of the most basic kind–too little food. Even today, the Soviet Union still cannot feed itself. After these four decades, then, there stands before the entire world one great and inescapable conclusion: Freedom leads to prosperity. Freedom replaces the ancient hatreds among the nations with comity and peace. Freedom is the victor.
“And now the Soviets themselves may, in a limited way, be coming to understand the importance of freedom. We hear much from Moscow about a new policy of reform and openness. Some political prisoners have been released. Certain foreign news broadcasts are no longer being jammed. Some economic enterprises have been permitted to operate with greater freedom from state control.
“Are these the beginnings of profound changes in the Soviet state? Or are they token gestures, intended to raise false hopes in the West, or to strengthen the Soviet system without changing it? We welcome change and openness; for we believe that freedom and security go together, that the advance of human liberty can only strengthen the cause of world peace. There is one sign the Soviets can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of freedom and peace.
“General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!'”
article first published 11/9/10, updated 11/9/14
Have you ever wondered what a debate between Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama might be like? Check out this video between the Ronald Reagan the President with the silver tongue and Barack Obama the President with the sliver tongue.