JFK+50: Volume 6, No. 1825PRESIDENT REAGAN SAYS "SO LONG"
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Twenty-seven years ago this evening, the 40th President of the United States Ronald Wilson Reagan* gave his Farewell Address from the Oval Office at the White House. The address was carried live on national radio and television.
The speech marked the 34th time President Reagan had spoken to the American people from the Oval Office.
The President began by saying...
"It's been the honor of my life to be your President. Nancy and I are grateful for the opportunity you gave us to serve."
The things that Mr. Reagan said he was proudest of during eight years of service was "the economic recovery....(and) the recovery of our morale."
He said..."America is respected again in the world and looked to for leadership." While the President went on to acknowledge the nickname "The Great Communicator" which had been given to him, he said that "I never thought it was my....words...that made a difference, it was the content."
*Ronald Wilson Reagan (1911-2004) was born in Tampico, IL. He graduated from Eureka College and then entered a career in Hollywood where he starred in over 50 films. RWR served as Governor of California for two terms & later two more as POTUS. Diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease in 1994, the former president died in Los Angeles at the age of 93.
"Ronald Reagan, Biography," www.biography.com/