Thanks. That does sound familiar and I've seen her on TV enough that she could have been the one telling it.
I just posted my recollection of Reagan’s speech awhile ago I think in response to Obama’s comments regarding gay marriage. IIRC, in Noonan’s book she makes the point of whatever is said in a Presidential speech then becomes official U.S. policy. So - a big deal with the “Tear down this wall” comment. And IIRC, Reagan penned in the line on the final, approved version of the speech in the limo ride to the wall.
I recall watching the wall come down on the news, and it was really unbelievable. And then later with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Spend your entire life under the threat of Nuclear Annihilation between us and the Soviets, and -— gone.
Well, at least for a few years we were free of that fear. (Or at least I was). Now we have terrorists, China, etc. And perhaps Russia again.