Remembering “Tear Down This Wall” speech 25 years later

25 years ago today, the 20th Century’s greatest American President visited Berlin and gave one of the most memorable speeches of my generation.

Ronald Reagan’s own advisers begged him not to deliver the now-cherished words, but he did anyway. He essentially told Soviet Primier Gorbachev to put his rubles where his mouth is and “Tear down this wall,” if he truly sought peace. Today those four words are the most famous of the Reagan presidency. Continue reading