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Program Number: 20040107
Title: Why Ronald Reagan Matters: Personal Memories of a White House Speechwriter
Program Date: Jan 7, 2004
Location: San Francisco (Calif.)
Duration: 01:02:50 (hh:mm:ss)
Summary: Promoting his book, Robinson recounts his days writing speeches for
President Reagan and Vice-President Bush. Mostly a memoir, he uses the
story to highlight aspects of Reagan and Reagan's legacy. Robinson focuses
on two things: the president's 1987 Brandenburg Gate speech, including the
sentence "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall," and the power of the
individual--not the end of a historical inevitability--to change the

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Speaker(s): Robinson, Peter M. - Speechwriter for President Reagan; Author, How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life; Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, 1993-
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