Carol Platt Liebau: "Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down This Wall"

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

"Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down This Wall"

This piece in US News & World Report discusses the speech that's twenty years old today, and presidential rhetoric in general.

What it overlooks is that such moments aren't just "theatre" -- the concordance of a sentiment and a time. The most memorable Presidential "lines" are those that also spring from a deeply held conviction on the part of the man saying them.

Oh, and one more thing: The MSM tends to venerate Colin Powell to an extraordinary degree, treating his every word as gospel. It's worth pointing out that if Powell had had his way on June 12, 1987, there would have been no speech worth remembering.


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