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Today is the 25th Anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s famed Berlin Wall Speech.

Ronald Reagan at Berlin Wall

I recently showed this speech to a US History class that I was subbing for.  None of these students were even alive for this speech, but they were immediately affected by its gravity.  Reagan was a tough, tough man.  As someone who loves the US and Germany, this speech holds a special interest for me.

Here is a clip of the most famous section of the speech:

 

Here is the full speech:

 

It is perfectly appropriate to respond out loud to this speech with phrases like “Come on!,” “Get ’em Ronald!,” etc.

Until later friends…

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Today is the 30th anniversary of the day Ronald Reagan was shot in the chest by a crazy guy named John Hinckley, Jr.  I am too young to have experienced the drama of this, but after reading about it, it sounds pretty crazy.  Apparently this Hinckley fella was obsessed with Jodie Foster and thought that shooting Ronald Reagan would endear him to her.  Note to all single guys in the world: Girls generally don’t like it when you shoot people (especially well-beloved presidents).  Wikipedia had a montage of the attempt which I have copied below:

BTW, I think the secret service agent with the Uzi looks pretty hardcore.

It is clear that Ronald Reagan belongs in the list of manliest presidents.  Ronald Reagan is the second president (along with Andrew Jackson) I know of to survive a bullet to the chest (the first one to do so while in office).  Thankfully, Ronald Reagan recovered and had a successful presidential career.

Ronald Reagan at Berlin Wall(This photo taken right before Reagan destroyed the Berlin wall with his pure manliness)

Here’s to you Ronald Regan: moviestar, president, and overall superdude.

Until later friends…

It is Presidents Day. Across the country schoolchildren (except the poor children that are making up snow-days), bankers, and postal workers are enjoying a nice day at home.  For the rest of the country, it is just another workday.  Higher education, fast food, restaurant equipment sales, material handling sales, MLB Spring Training, and all those other occupations that keep the nation running are honoring our dead presidents with hard work.  I thought about doing a short blurb about all the presidents today, but there have been a lot of them, and I don’t think I could hold your interest for that long. So, today I am just going to give you some great quotes from five of our manliest presidents.

The Top 5 Manliest Presidents of the United States

George Washington – 1st President

George Washington

“Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.”

Andrew Jackson – 7th President

Andrew Jackson Battle of New Orleans“The bank, Mr. Van Buren, is trying to kill me, but I will kill it.” (Funny that banks get the day off today)

Theodore Roosevelt – 26th President

Theodore Roosevelt“Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower – 34th President

Dwight D. Eisenhower in uniform“Humility must always be the portion of any man who receives acclaim earned in the blood of his followers and the sacrifices of his friends.”

Ronald Reagan – 40th President

Ronald Reagan at Berlin Wall“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”

So, here’s to all the manly guys that have led our country over the years. Happy Presidents Day to you. Until later friends…

PS-  All these quotes were found with cursory internet searches. So, I cannot attest for the exact wording of each quote.

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