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AS SEEN IN USA TODAY NEWS SECTION, MONDAY, JUNE 7, 2004, PAGE 15A

In his words

"If you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"

  • Remarks directed to Soviet

leader Mikhail Gorbachev at the Berlin Wall, June 12, 1987

"A few months ago, I told the American people I did not trade arms for hostages. My heart and my best intentions still tell me that is true, but the facts and the evidence tell me it is not."

  • Addressing the nation about

Iran-contra, March 4, 1987

"Sending the Marines to Beirut was the source of my greatest regret and greatest sorrow."

  • About the 1983 Lebanon

bombing that killed 241 U.S. troops, in his book An American Life

"The poet called Miss Liberty's torch 'the lamp beside the golden door.' Well, that was the entrance to America, and it still is. And now you really know why we're here tonight.

"The glistening hope of that lamp is still ours. Every promise, every opportunity is still golden in this land. And through that golden door our children can walk into tomorrow with the knowledge that no one can be denied the promise that is America.

"Her heart is full, her torch is still golden, her future bright. She has arms big enough to comfort and strong enough to support, for the strength in her arms is the strength of

her people. She will carry on in the '80s unafraid, unashamed and unsurpassed.

"In this springtime of hope, some lights seem eternal; America's is."

  • GOP convention,

Aug. 23, 1984

"We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them this

morning,

as

they

prepared

for

their

USA TODAY Snapshots Oldest presidents

When Ronald Reagan was inaugurated in 1981, he was the oldest person to take the presidential oath. How old presidents were when they first took office:

Ronald Reagan William H. Harrison James Buchanan George H.W. Bush Zachary Taylor Dwight D. Eisenhower

69 years, 349 days 68 years, 23 days

65 years, 315 days

64 years, 223 days 64 years, 100 days

62 years, 98 days

journey, and waved goodbye, and 'slipped the surly bonds of earth' to 'touch the face of God.' " Source: The top 10 of Everything, by Russell Ash By Suzy Parker, USA TODAY revolutionary crisis a crisis where the demands of the economic order are colliding directly with those of the political order. But the crisis is happening not in the free, non- Marxist West, but in the home of Marxism-Leninism, the Soviet Union." After the space shuttle Challenger disaster, Jan. 28, 1986 "The West will not contain communism; it will transcend communism. We will not bother to denounce it; we'll dismiss it as a sad, bizarre chapter in human history whose last pages are even now being written." Parliament, June 8, 1982 "While (Soviet rulers) preach the supremacy of the state, declare its omnipotence over individual man and predict its eventual domination over all the peoples of the Earth, they are the focus of evil in the modern world. I urge you to beware the temptation to ignore the facts of history and the aggressive impulses of any evil empire, to simply call the arms race a giant misunderstanding and thereby remove yourself from the struggle between right and wrong, good and evil." Notre Dame University, May 17,1981 "The march of freedom and democracy will leave Marxism- Leninism on the ash heap of history, as it has left other tyrannies which stifle the freedom and muzzle the self-expression of the people." Speech to Britain's Parliament, June 8, 1982

"In an ironic sense, Karl Marx was right. We are witnessing today a great

  • Speech to the National

Association of Evangelicals, March 8, 1983

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