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Ronald Reagan Normandy 1984

Of all the stuff floating around the internet for the recent 70th anniversary of D Day, and there was mountains of really excellent material, I saw a reference to this from Ronald Reagan in 1984.

1984 was a very different time to 2014 but can you imagine David Cameron, Ed Milliband, or Barack Obama being able to make this speech with half as much gravitas and sincerity.

13 minutes, and everyone one of them compelling.

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9 Responses

  1. A movie star with a good speech writer, shocking that he could pull that off. In fairness a great President and totally what was required for the far simpler bi polar world that he was presented with.

  2. @apats – Agreed – also mostly forgotten that despite never being better than a second rank actor, he learnt his political skills over many years running the Hollywood Trade Union (serving an enormous industry, and a pretty remarkable membership). and then Governor of a state with an economy bigger than most countries…both of which were pretty big tasks. He was a much more serious figure than he was ever given credit for, as well as the outstanding political communicator of his age. In many respects a more substantial figure than the current POTUS, despite on the face of it having a much less “worthy” background…

    GNB

  3. @GNB

    He may have been a more substantial figure than the current POTUS but would be horribly unsuited towards today’s challenges which are hugely complex and really do require modern thinking. Barrack has not been a super star but he has coped much better in a hugely evolving situation than any of his opponents would have managed.
    Hopefully we will now actually see US Politics continue to evolve as the world it has to deal with evolves.

  4. @GNB :)

    If only people understood when their time and understanding had passed.

  5. easy to see why the man was known as the “great communicator”

    as with Churchill very much a man of his time but one has to wonder if the current trend for younger professional politicians will ever produce person of this calibre.

  6. I joined the Army when both Maggie and Ronald Reagan were at their peak. It wasn’t at the top of my mind, but on reflection now I would think that between them, they had all of the right principles and purpose. I do not think the same could be said of the current crop.

    Although perhaps it is because I am now a little older than our PM. I don’t trust his judgement very much, but I trust it a bit more than the faithless DPM and the socialist geek.

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