Presidents are defined by rhetorical moments: Reagan and Kennedy at the Berlin Wall; George W. Bush rallying the nation after the 9/11 attacks. And Donald Trump? So far his presidency hasn’t been one of major addresses. Hoover fellow Peter Robinson, author of Reagan’s famous speech at the Brandenberg Gate, discusses the art of presidential wordsmithery in this age of shock tweets and nonstop news cycles.

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  1. Richard Easton Member

    That was an excellent discussion. I have one minor correction. Reagan gave the speech in June, 1987 and the Berlin Wall fell in November, 1989. That’s 29 months later not 18 months.

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    • June 9, 2017, at 11:46 AM PDT
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  2. Jules PA Member

    Fantastic interview. Thank you.

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    • June 12, 2017, at 10:53 AM PDT
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  3. Goldwaterwoman Thatcher

    We are fortunate to have Peter Robinson’s experience, wisdom and decency to help guide us through these troubled times. Thank you for this excellent podcast.

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    • June 13, 2017, at 4:00 PM PDT
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