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Ronald Reagan - Video - "Tear Down This Wall"

On the 12th of June, 1987, President Ronald Reagan visited Berlin.  He had worked hard on a speech he was planning to deliver in front of the city's Brandenburg Gate. 

Advisors urged him to remove some of the words from his speech.  They were "too provocative," they thought, and might upset General Secretary Gorbachev.  Assuring his aides not to worry, Reagan nonetheless stuck to his plan.

Move the video forward, to 1:00, to hear Reagan deliver his now-famous words:

General Secretary Gorbachev, 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!

The scene, depicted in this video clip, is one of the defining moments of Reagan's presidency. It expresses his point-of-view that the Berlin Wall, which divided the city, was not needed.

It also expresses his viewpoint that the closed Brandenburg Gate symbolized a significant and negative divide which was separating the people of Eastern and Western Europe.

See, also:

Video - Attempted Assassination of President Reagan

Video - Ronald Reagan Describes Attempted Assassination


Video - Ronald Reagan - First Inaugural Address


Reagan in Berlin - Background of "Tear Down This Wall!"

 


Media Credits

Video clip of June 12, 1987 speech in Berlin - online, courtesy U.S. National Archives and Reagan Library.

 

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