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June 11, 2004

Godspeed, Mr. President

I have always been a Democrat. But watching the world celebrate the life of Ronald Reagan this week has made me proud to be an American. Sentiment over such things is something I often am cynical about, but at heart I am just as sentimental.

I was young when Ronald Reagan was elected, but one of my clearest memories is of the Challenger tragedy, which my fourth grade class watched happen, as did most classrooms, wanting to see the first teacher in space. And just as clearly, I remember Ronald Reagan’s speech. He may not have written his famous words that night, but he spoke them, and I believed. It brought home the feeling of that moment.

Tonight, I cried for Nancy Reagan, as her great love also “…slipped the surly bonds of Earth; To touch the face of God.”

Posted by Ensie at June 11, 2004 08:43 PM


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