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9th November
2009
written by Sean Noble

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the Berlin Wall coming down. I remember standing in the living room of a friend of mine in Indiana in shock with what was happening. The first thing I thought of was Reagan’s speech at the Brandenburg Gate in 1987, in which he said:

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!

To think that only two years and five months later the wall came down. That’s power. That’s influence. That’s leadership.

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  1. Woody
    10/11/2009

    In the last week or so there have been two hugely symbolic “leadership photo ops” or events: the commissioning of the USS New York, which carries tons of World Trade Center steel in its bow, and the celebration of the tearing down of the Berlin Wall. We can speculate why President Obama chose to ignore these events, (too much attention on others?) but conservatives should not ignore who did go: Hillary Clinton. Could she be positioning herself to be the 2012 “Proud American” Dem nominee? O better watch his back.

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