Sunday, February 6, 2011

"One More For The Gipper"

Today we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Ronald Wilson Reagan, the 40th President of the United States (1981–1989), and  the the 33rd Governor of California (1967–1975) Prior to that,  he was a Hollywood actor.

Reagan was born in Tampico in Whiteside County, Illinois, on February 6, 1911.  He was  reared in Dixon in Lee County, Illinois, and educated at Eureka College in Eureka, Illinois, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and sociology.  He died at his home in Bel Air, California on the afternoon of June 5, 2004.

There is very little that we can say about President Reagan that cannot be found in libraries and the Internet.  To us, he was the greatest president of our life time.  Tonight while speaking at the Reagan Library Vice President Cheney said that in recent polls, the American people have voted President Reagan as the third most admired American president, behind George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

At the end of the 2oth Century, Ronald Wilson Reagan was chosen by the American public as The Man of The Century.  Not much more can be said about a man who loved and served his country so well.  Tonight Vice President Cheney called President Reagan "a man who came when the world needed him most."

In the years that we've been writing this blog, we've quoted Ronald Reagan many times.  Tonight we thought about what words would best show who the man was.  There are transcripts and videos of so many of his speeches.  Some are much better known than others.

We've chosen to bring to you his Farewell Address to the nation when his term in office was over.  It is a compilation of his presidency in his own words.  We hope that those of you who never heard it take the time to listen, and those of you who like us, heard it live, can appreciate it again the second time around.
Two Sisters.

Farewell Address to the Nation
   January 11, 1989

Good bye, God Bless You, and God Bless The United States of America

President Ronald Wilson Reagan
February 6, 1911 - June 5, 2004



At February 6, 2011 at 2:15 AM , Blogger said...

Thanks for putting this together! I enjoyed it immensely. I suppose there are people out there who, for whatever reason, did not like President Reagan, but I saw very little to dislike. When he left, I missed his humor, his directness, his simplicity, his resolve to get things done....and his ability to deepen worldwide respect for the nation. Those qualities are all sorely lacking in the current White House occupant!

At February 6, 2011 at 3:58 AM , Anonymous Steve Bussey said...

Ronald Reagan was wrong - it was his words and his "style" as well as his message that made a difference. He was a man that made you want to follow him because he not only made you believe, but made it okay to believe. His words were elegant and eloquent and they appealed to your mind and your heart and his style was confident and firm. He was tall in the saddle and with President Reagan you got the same feeling as when your neighbor's house is on fire but the fire truck turns onto your street, or a police car stops when you're broke down on the side of the road late at night.

I served in the Air Force under 4 presidents - Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton, and I would have followed President Reagan into the fires of hell armed only with a squirt gun.

Thank you for sending and posting that.


At February 6, 2011 at 9:42 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't watch it. I remember it well, how I cried that day to see him go, and it will make me weep (again.) How I LOVE that man... and miss him so much. He was truly an American TREASURE. I watched last night and Dick Cheney was right on. He came when we needed him. I surely rank him right up there with George Washington! May God save us and raise up another American Patriot just like them.


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