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Ronald Reagan: warming to the cold war warrior
The Daily Telegraph ^ | 03 Feb 2011 | Charles Moore

Posted on 02/03/2011 7:14:16 PM PST by sukhoi-30mki

Ronald Reagan: warming to the cold war warrior

Ronald Reagan would have been 100 on Sunday. Charles Moore says our current leaders could learn a lot from the great man.

To understand the genius of Ronald Reagan, one should focus on his handling of an event that occurred days before his 75th birthday. On January 28 1986, the space shuttle Challenger crashed on take-off, killing all seven astronauts on board. Millions watched it happen on television. Reagan, a year into his second term as President of the United States, paid tribute: “The future doesn’t belong to the faint-hearted; it belongs to the brave. The Challenger crew was pulling us into the future, and we’ll continue to follow them.” He ended by saying: “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’.”

Reagan’s great friend and close ally, Margaret Thatcher, immediately sent him a public message of commiseration at the disaster. But what privately impressed her most was what she saw as Reagan’s uncanny ability to find the words that expressed the deep feelings of a nation in its best idiom. She considered this the mark of a great democratic leader.

Analyse the Challenger tribute, and you find most of the best Reagan tricks – the celebration of human courage, the very American belief in the future and in technology, the capacity to capture, through some gift of imagination, a moment that people can

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cameron; greatbritain; obama; ronaldreagan

For America, there will always be a bright new dawn ahead

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1 posted on 02/03/2011 7:14:26 PM PST by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki
Thank God for this man. The Soviets were scared poopless, as were the MSM at the time. Funny thing is even his enemies liked him, even if they disagreed with his politics.

I seriously doubt that Obama's "enemies" actually like him. (Aside from McCain). I've never heard of a conservative that was friends with Obama. Then again, I've never heard of an Obama friend, left or right.

2 posted on 02/03/2011 7:53:54 PM PST by boop ("Let's just say they'll be satisfied with LESS"... Ming the Merciless)
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To: sukhoi-30mki
Analyse the Challenger tribute, and you find most of the best Reagan tricks

1) Analyze is spelled with a "zed" here.

2) Tricks? Vision, honor, courage and leadership are not "tricks" you clown. You want tricks, go watch Obama turn some.

3 posted on 02/03/2011 8:15:51 PM PST by Dr.Deth
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To: sukhoi-30mki

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qa7icmqgsow


4 posted on 02/03/2011 9:03:33 PM PST by Cousin Eddie
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To: Dr.Deth

The writer is a British journalist writing for a British newspaper, so naturally enough, he follows British spelling rules and British turns of phrase...


5 posted on 02/20/2011 8:00:12 AM PST by sinsofsolarempirefan
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