PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN - SPEECH SIGNED - HFSID 276419
Reagan signs a copy of a speech he made before the Assembly of the Republic in Lisbon, Portugal on May 9, 1985, at the end of a European tour that included the G-7 Summit and a speech on Soviet arms before the European Parliament.
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RONALD REAGAN Reagan signs a copy of a speech he made before the Assembly of the Republic in Lisbon, Portugal on May 9, 1985, at the end of a European tour that included the G-7 Summit and a speech on Soviet arms before the European Parliament. Photocopied Typescript signed: "This is for you/Ronald Reagan", 6p, 8½x14, separate sheets. Typescript of a speech that President Reagan made before the Assembly of the Republic in Lison Portugal on May 9, 1985. At the outset, Reagan displayed his quick sense of humor and his ability to disarm his critics. Just prior to his prepared address, however, the Communist Party Assembly members walked out in protest. In part: "For us, a long journey is ending now, but one fruitful in results and rich in memory. World leaders in summit conference, the youth of modern Germany, warm welcomes at the European Parliament and in Spain...We have seen, too, memorials to the devastation of the past, to the memory of war, and to the cruelty of totalitarian rule...the people of Portugal, have chosen freedom. You have elected to embark on a great adventure in democracy...here in the new Portugal and throughout Europe, we see our century's promise, a promise not just of material progress...but also, the promise of progress in the human spirit as well. A progress toward the day when each man, woman, and child on earth will live in freedom and have a right to a voice in their own destiny...The essential truth at the heart of Portugese and American democracy is our belief that governments exist for the sake of the people and not the other way around...this belief is not always easy to preserve, especially when the ship of state is buffeted by storms...This democratic experience and economic development go hand in hand...So everywhere we turn, there is an uprising of mind and will against the old cliches of collectivism...we have called for concerted action - for a global campaign for freedom, an international strategy for democratic development...freedom can guarantee peace. Let us never forget that aggression and war are rarely the work of a nation's people...war and aggression in our century have almost always been the work of governments, of the militarists and idealogues who may control them...your nation's greatness, like that of any nation, is found in your people...on behalf of the American people, we extend our warmest wishes - we look with hope toward your future and ours - a future we know will be one of democracy and freedom...." This speech was one of Reagan's last official acts on a European tour that included the G-7 Summit in Bonn, Germany on May 4 and a speech on Soviet arms before the European Parliament on May 8, 1985. During the trip, Reagan also made a controversial visit to the cemetery at Bitburg, Germany, where he was to lay a ceremonial wreath. Because of protests from Jewish leaders, who objected to honoring a cemetery where 47 Waffen SS men were buried, Reagan was present but only watched as two retired Generals laid the wreath. Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) had two careers: actor and politician. His first movie was Love is on the Air (1937) and his 53rd and last film was The Killers (1964). In 1965, he wrote his autobiography, Where's the Rest of Me?, a line from his role as Drake McHugh in King's Row (1942). Reagan left his job hosting television's Death Valley Days during the 1965-1966 season, when he entered politics. Elected Governor of California in 1966, he was reelected in 1970. Reagan began his campaign for the presidency and narrowly lost the 1976 Republican nomination to Gerald Ford. He was elected President in 1980 and was reelected in 1984. After leaving office in 1989, he wrote his second autobiography, An American Life. On February 6, 2001, Reagan became just the third U.S. President to reach the age of 90 and the nation's longest living President until Gerald Ford (d. 2006) lived 45 days longer. Slightly creased. Staple holes at upper left corners. Fine condition. Accompanied by PSA/DNA LOA.