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tv   Reel America President Reagan Final Weekly Radio Address - January 14 1989  CSPAN  January 10, 2021 4:20pm-4:26pm EST

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>> my fellow americans, over the years i've enjoyed this opportunity to get together with you and report on the week's events here in washington, but next week after witnessing the inauguration of george bush as president, nancy and i will head back to the ranch. we go with full hearts, with best wishes for george and barbara and gratitude to all of you. it has been a privilege to serve the nation we've always loved and love so much today. it is difficult to put all the events of eight busy years in perspective. in fact, that is best left to the impartial judgment of history. but as i look over the saturday talks, i can't help but think about at moments of accomplishment and triumph as well as crisis and heartbreak, we came together in this way. the president, giving his accounting to those under our system of government to whom he's accountable. we've shared a great deal
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together. for me, it has been a special relationship. believe me, saturdays will never seem the same. i'll miss you, but somehow, messages of farewell, leavetaking and nostalgia don't capture my new today. don't get me wrong. we've had great years and done much together. the economy is booming, festering social problems like drugs, crime and a decline in our educational standards are being dealt with and the soviet menace has shown signs of relenting. this is so heartening to those of us who have lived in the terrors of the postwar era. we are prayerful and hopeful, hopeful the next generation of americans will not have to contend as we did with the nightmares of nuclear terror and totalitarian expansionism. you know, shortly after world war ii when the struggle of nazi
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germany, winston churchill looked with grave concern and sadness at a world that evolve so quickly as he put it, "from triumph and tragedy." as he began to detect the vigor and resolve of america against the soviet menace and freedom for europe and the world, the vigor and resolve shared equally by an american president and american congress of different political parties, he grew hopeful and grateful for this unselfish, bipartisan unity. the rize story unwanted tell you about a meeting churchill had with american journalists in 1952 at a time when all the troubles of the cold war, including the hardship of morally and militarily rearming the west were keenly felt, his friend in position recorded his appraisal of american leadership. "what other nation in history, when it became supremely powerful, has had no thought of
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territorial aggrandizement, no ambition but to use its resources for the good of the world? i marvel at america's altruism. realized, winston was in tears. his eyes were red, his voice faltered, he was deeply moved. honest emotion from a great world leader and a quarter century later as the decade of the 1980's comes to a close, there is hope the generosity and resolve churchill saw in the american people is at last paying a historic dividend, the possibility of a new time in human history when all the problems that so haunted the postwar world give way to the peace and expansion of freedom. you can see why to me the story of the last eight years and this presidency goes beyond any personal concerns. it is a continuation really of a far larger story.
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the story of a people and a cause. a cause that from our earliest beginnings has defined us as a nation and given purpose to our national existence. the hope of human freedom, the quest for it, the achievement of it is the american saga and i've often recalled one group of early settlers making a treacherous crossing of the atlantic on a small ship when their leader, a minister, noted perhaps their venture would fail and they would become a byword, a footnote to history, but, perhaps with god's help, they might also found a new world, a city upon a hill, a light unto the nations. those words still beckon to us, whether we seek it or not, like it or not, we americans are keepers of the miracle. we are asked to be guardians of a place to come to, a place to start again, a place to live in the dignity god meant for his children.

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