|Famous Career Speeches --►|
“The United States remains the last best hope for a mankind plagued by tyranny and deprivation. America is no stronger than its people - and that means you and me. Well, I believe in you, and I believe that if we work together then one day we will say, ‘We fought the good fight. We finished the race We kept the faith.’ And to our children and our children's children we can say, ‘We did all that could be done in the brief time that was given to us here on earth.’ ”
Ronald Reagan was dubbed the "Great Communicator". He was a distinguished orator, unmatched by any U.S. president, even J. F. Kennedy.
Ronald Reagan was a master at connecting with his audiences and inspired and rejuvenated his listeners with phrases like "Not at all, Mr. Trewhitt, and I want you to know that also I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent's youth and inexperience." from the October 21, 1984 debate with Walter F. Mondale in Kansas City, Missouri.
His most famous speeches included the phrases "evil empire" and "the shining city on the hill" that became part of the national vernacular.
Our archive contains the full text of President Reagan's best-known speeches, from the televised address supporting Barry Goldwater's presidential campaign in 1964 to his announcement three decades later that he had Alzheimer's disease. We have also included eulogy speeches by Margaret Thatcher, Brian Mulroney and President Bush (links below).
Ronald Reagan was, without doubt and without question, much loved and one of the most effective presidents the United States has ever known. He will be sorely missed by all.
“Ronald Reagan won America's respect with his greatness, and won it's love with his goodness. He had the confidence that comes with conviction, the strength that comes with character, the grace that comes with humility and the humor that comes with wisdom. He leaves behind a nation he helped restore and a world he helped save.”
President George W. Bush
Eulogy by Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney
Eulogy by George Herbert Walker Bush
President (George Walker) Bush's Eulogy
Homily by Former Senator John Danforth
Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's Eulogy of Reagan
From Sea to Shining Sea: The Final Journey