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The Challenger and President Reagan’s greatest speech

Published by:  American Thinker

By:  Silvio Canto, Jr.


We think of President Reagan as “the great communicator.” Indeed, he communicated conservative ideas better than anyone. Many of his speeches are memorable, from “the evil empire” to “tear down this wall”.    

However, his best speech may not have been political at all.    

it happened on the day that he spoke to the nation about the terrible Challenger explosion of 1986:   

At 11:38 a.m. EST, on January 28, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger lifts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and Christa McAuliffe is on her way to becoming the first ordinary U.S. civilian to travel into space. McAuliffe, a 37-year-old high school social studies teacher from New Hampshire, won a competition that earned her a place among the seven-member crew of the Challenger. She underwent months of shuttle training but then, beginning January 23, was forced to wait six long days as the Challenger‘s launch countdown was repeatedly delayed because of weather and technical problems. Finally, on January 28, the shuttle lifted off.

Seventy-three seconds later, […]

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