A terrible day, but the right man was in the Oval Office

We think of President Reagan as “the great communicator.”  Indeed, he communicated conservative ideas better than anyone.  Many of his speeches were memorable, from “the evil empire” to “tear down this wall.”  His 1980 speech accepting the GOP nomination in Detroit was fabulous, especially now that you can watch it again and again.

However, his best speech wasn’t political at all.  It happened on the day that he spoke to the nation about the terrible Challenger explosion on January 28, 1986 or 37 years ago today.

As you may remember, most of the country fell in love with Christa McAuliffe, a teacher going into space.  Also watching that morning were her family and millions of students all over.  It was one of those moments where everyone was cheering the same way.  It was awesome.  Happy moment.  How often do you get those?

The story had a bad ending.  The Challenger exploded 73 seconds after takeoff, and a wonderful morning turned into a nightmare.

Around that time, I was driving to a lunch and listening to everything on the radio.  I heard the takeoff and the first word of an explosion.  I walked into the restaurant, and everyone was watching the television.  It was one of those moments when nothing else mattered, including lunch.

Later, President Reagan spoke to the nation about the tragedy, and especially to the children who had seen their teacher blown up in space.  Suddenly, you realize why it matters to have a president who can speak from the heart:

And I want to say something to the schoolchildren of America who were watching the live coverage of the shuttle’s takeoff. I know it is hard to understand, but sometimes painful things like this happen. It’s all part of the process of exploration and discovery. It’s all part of taking a chance and expanding man’s horizons. The future doesn’t belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave. The Challenger crew was pulling us into the future, and we’ll continue to follow them.

It was a wonderful speech, and you should watch it in full. It was an awful day, but we had a man in the Oval Office who could bring us together.

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2 thoughts on “A terrible day, but the right man was in the Oval Office”

  1. And now we have Biden.

    And yet too many are willing to vote for him or Michelle or any other lefty who will bring more ruin to this great country simply because they think green BS and abortion rights are the most important things. Millions of illegals invading, disease and death by drugs, prostitution of young children, murder, rape and destruction of big cities run by Dems, inflation and a destroyed economy, murder of soldiers, incompetence in wars, calling your political foes nazis, bringing hatred and division and destruction and decay everywhere, abandoning allies and I could list so much more – alll this is fine by lefties, as long as they can kill babies in utero and take away the freedom of those intelligent enough to understand that the Green movement is nothing but anti capitalism and one worldism.

    And then there is Trump who was a great president but hated by lefties who have insults at the ready but almost no facts.

    • Biden is not the real issue. The problem is people who would vote for Biden for POTUS, even now. The 2020 election should not have even been close. Alas, too many people are unfit to vote.

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