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Address to the Nation on the Upcoming Soviet-United States Summit Meeting in Geneva

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November 14,1985

"My mission, stated simply, is a mission for peace. It is to engage the new Soviet leader in what I hope will be a dialog for peace that endures beyond my Presidency. It is to sit down across from Mr. Gorbachev and try to map out, together, a basis for peaceful discourse even though our disagreements on fundamentals will not change."

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Challenger Disaster

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January 28,1986

"Ladies and gentlemen, I’d planned to speak to you tonight to report on the state of the Union, but the events of earlier today have led me to change those plans. Today is a day for mourning and remembering. Nancy and I are pained to the core by the tragedy of the shuttle Challenger."

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State of the Union Address

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February 4,1986

"I have come to review with you the progress of our nation, to speak of unfinished work, and to set our sights on the future. I am pleased to report the state of our Union is stronger than a year ago and growing stronger each day. Tonight we look out on a rising America, firm of heart, united in spirit, powerful in pride and patriotism. America is on the move!"

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Address to the Nation on the U.S. Air Strike Against Libya

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April 14,1986

"At 7 o’clock this evening eastern time air and naval forces of the United States launched a series of strikes against the headquarters, terrorist facilities, and military assets that support Mu`ammar Qadhafi’s subversive activities. The attacks were concentrated and carefully targeted to minimize casualties among the Libyan people with whom we have no quarrel."

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Normandy Commemoration/D-Day Tribute

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June 6,1986

"We’re here to mark that day in history when the Allied armies joined in battle to reclaim this continent to liberty. … We stand on a lonely, windswept point on the northern shore of France. The air is soft, but 40 years ago at this moment, the air was dense with smoke and the cries of men, and the air was filled with the crack of rifle fire and the roar of cannon."

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Address to the Nation on Independence Day

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July 4,1986

          
Address to the Nation on the Meetings with Gorbachev

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October 13,1986

"We proposed the most sweeping and generous arms control proposal in history. We offered the complete elimination of all ballistic missiles—Soviet and American—from the face of the Earth by 1996. While we parted company with this American offer still on the table, we are closer than ever before to agreements that could lead to a safer world without nuclear weapons."

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Remarks on Signing the Tax Reform Act of 1986

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January 27,1987

"May I congratulate all of you who are Members of this historic 100th Congress of the United States of America. In this 200th anniversary year of our Constitution, you and I stand on the shoulders of giants—men whose words and deeds put wind in the sails of freedom....Though there are changes in the Congress, America’s interests remain the same."

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Memorial Service for USS Stark Crew Members

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May 22,1987

"Our task today is simple and sad: to remember, to pay tribute to those we loved. For some of us here today, our love is the unquenchable, unforgetting love of a wife or child for a fallen father, of a mother or father for a fallen son. For others of us, this love, while more distant, is still anguished and grieving; ours is a love for a fallen countryman who died so that we, a free people, might live and this great nation endure."

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Berlin Wall Speech/Remarks on East-West Relations

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June 12,1987

"As long as [Brandenburg] gate is closed, as long as this scar of a wall is permitted to stand, it is not the German question alone that remains open, but the question of freedom for all mankind....Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"

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