The Great Communicator Vol 4: The Man
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August 15, 1988 Ronald Reagan Remarks at the Republican National Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana. "... I'm grateful to God for blessing me with a good life and a long one. But when I pack up my bags in Washington, don't expect me to be happy to hear all this talk about the twilight of my life. Twilight? Twilight? Not in America. Here, it's a sunrise every day -- fresh new opportunities, dreams to build. Twilight? That's not possible, because I confess there are times when I feel like I'm still little Dutch Reagan racing my brother down the hill to the swimming hole under the railroad bridge over the Rock River. You see, there's no sweeter day than each new one, because here in our country it means something wonderful can happen to you. And something wonderful happened to me. We lit a prairie fire a few years back. Those flames were fed by passionate ideas and convictions, and we were determined to make them run all -- burn, I should say, all across America. And what times we've had! Together we've fought for causes we love. But we can never let the fire go out or quit the fight, because the battle is never over. Our freedom must be defended over and over again -- and then again. There's still a lot of brush to clear out at the ranch, fences that need repair, and horses to ride. But I want you to know that if the fires ever dim, I'll leave my phone number and address behind just in case you need a foot soldier." Diss to montage: MS Ronald and NANCY REAGAN riding in limo, waving to crowd after 1981 Inauguration; TLS Congress standing and applauding, CU Reagan humbly smiling; MSs Reagan at meetings, tossing football, blowing out candles, riding horses with Nancy, walking and talking with GEORGE BUSH outside the White House, saluting WWII veterans at Normandy, shaking the hand of MIKHAIL GORBACHEV, welcoming (separately) MARGARET THATCHER and MOTHER TERESA (of Calcutta) to the White House; tTLS crowds standing atop the Berlin Wall after its fall; MSs Reagan saluting American military personnel; WLS delegates on convention floor. "Twilight, you say? Listen to H.G. Wells. H.G. Wells says: ``The past is but the beginning of a beginning, and all that is and has been is but the twilight of the dawn.'' Well, that's a new day - our sunlit new day - to keep alive the fire so that when we look back at the time of choosing, we can say that we did all that could be done - never less." MSs Reagan being sworn in, '81 & '85.