Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Peter Robinson 30 Years After “Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down This Wall”

 

On this special 50th episode of Whiskey Politics, we are honored to welcome Peter Robinson, Speechwriter to President Ronald Reagan. Among hundreds of other speeches, Peter is now celebrating the 30th anniversary of the history-making Brandenburg Gate speech where against advice from the White House, State Department, and Germans, President Reagan called on General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall!” We discuss this pivotal moment in history, the relationships with Margaret Thatcher and Milton Friedman and his upcoming Ricochet and Uncommon Knowledge interview with Pat Sajak at the Reagan Library.

Peter Robinson graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College and went on to study politics, philosophy, and economics at Oxford University, graduating in 1982. Peter then spent his next six years in the Reagan White House, first for a year as chief speechwriter to Vice President George Bush and then special assistant and speechwriter to President Ronald Reagan. Now, Peter Robinson, who co-founded Ricochet.com, is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, where he writes about business and politics and hosts Hoover’s video series program, Uncommon Knowledge.

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In: Brandenburg Gate Speech, Peter Robinson, Ronald Reagan and Little Green Bag, George Baker Selection

Out: Rendezvous with Destiny, Ronald Reagan

There are 13 comments.

  1. Percival Thatcher
    Percival Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    • #1
    • June 29, 2017, at 4:14 PM PDT
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  2. Richard Easton Member

    Percival (View Comment):
    That was a good morning’s work. What did you do in the afternoon? :)

    • #2
    • June 29, 2017, at 9:32 PM PDT
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  3. Curt North Inactive

    Can this podcast be made downloadable? Also, is downloadable a word?

    I need to be able to take my podcasts on the go….

    • #3
    • June 30, 2017, at 7:07 AM PDT
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  4. Dave Sussman Contributor
    Dave Sussman

    Curt North (View Comment):
    Can this podcast be made downloadable? Also, is downloadable a word?

    I need to be able to take my podcasts on the go….

    If Peter can say “googleable”, yes indeed downloadable is good. ?

    Check out the iTunes and Stitcher links in the OP below the fold.

    • #4
    • June 30, 2017, at 7:36 AM PDT
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  5. Goldwaterwoman Thatcher

    Dave, thanks so much for this wonderful interview of Peter. We are so very lucky to have his wisdom and kindness as an example to us all on Ricochet.

    • #5
    • June 30, 2017, at 11:36 AM PDT
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  6. Dave Sussman Contributor
    Dave Sussman

    Goldwaterwoman (View Comment):
    Dave, thanks so much for this wonderful interview of Peter. We are so very lucky to have his wisdom and kindness as an example to us all on Ricochet.

    You are very welcome, and yes, yes we are. :)

    • #6
    • June 30, 2017, at 1:39 PM PDT
    • 4 likes
  7. Profile Photo Member

    I wish they would play the whole sentence. It started with three parallel phrases and concluded with the part we always hear. It made it obvious what a sham the whole soviet empire was.

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    • June 30, 2017, at 1:57 PM PDT
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  8. Melissa Praemonitus Member

    Well, Happy 50th Episode! A fascinating interview with a lot of heart.

    • #8
    • June 30, 2017, at 9:44 PM PDT
    • 2 likes
  9. Reese Member
    Reese Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    @davesussman

    “Check out the iTunes and Stitcher links in the OP below the fold.”

    What does that mean? I don’t have iTunes. What’s an OP? Don’t want “Stitcher.” “Check out?”

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    • July 1, 2017, at 9:48 PM PDT
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  10. Dave Sussman Contributor
    Dave Sussman

    Sorry you are having trouble, Reese. If you can’t listen from this page or want to listen another time, the links in the original post provide you the podcast listening apps depending on your device. I’m a Samsung guy so my podcast players are GooglePlay and Stitcher where you can find and subscribe to Whiskey Politics. If you have an Apple device you probably would use iTunes where you can search podcasts for Whiskey Politics, subscribe and listen from there.

    Whole new world, amirite?

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    • July 2, 2017, at 1:30 PM PDT
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  11. Gromrus Member

    A question for Peter…how did so much time in academia not turn him from conservative ideals and ideas? How solid were his views when he matriculated at Dartmouth? Any academic mentors he can point to who buoyed him?

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    • July 3, 2017, at 2:27 PM PDT
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  12. Reese Member
    Reese Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    @davesussman “Whole new world, amirite?”

    Yep. Okay. OP is original post. I thought this was the OP. I see I need to go to Whiskey Politics for links to download for use later. Just looking for an MP3 or MP4. Thanks.

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    • July 3, 2017, at 7:17 PM PDT
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  13. Curt North Inactive

    Reese (View Comment):
    @davesussman

    “Check out the iTunes and Stitcher links in the OP below the fold.”

    What does that mean? I don’t have iTunes. What’s an OP? Don’t want “Stitcher.” “Check out?”

    Lol, I feel your pain. I ran, not walked, away from iTunes years ago and nothing will drag me back to that closed paranoid universe. I also don’t want to deal with a separate app (Sticher) to be able to download a podcast from here.

    I’m a paying member and I feel that podcasts on the main feed should ALL have a simple download option embedded in the podcast as displayed on the very same main page, at least IMHO. But maybe there’s a tech reason why some don’t, or copyright reasons, who knows?

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    • July 6, 2017, at 8:44 AM PDT
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