June 12, 1987: ‘Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!’

On this day in 1987 we watched President Reagan call on the USSR to tear down the Berlin Wall. According to Peter Robinson, a speechwriter, the “line” was discussed and argued about in the US State Department.  Some of President Reagan’s advisers believed the Kremlin would possibly consider the the line as provocative. But in the end, President Reagan said it anyway. 

What a great moment it was. I can still remember holding our 3-week old son and watching it on TV back then. 

Did President Reagan see the future? We will never know, but he definitely knew the USSR and the Berlin Wall were doomed for failure. As we know now, The Berlin Wall eventually came down 30 months later! 

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