“The poet called Miss Liberty’s torch ‘the lamp beside the golden door.’ Well, that was the entrance to America, and it still is. And now you really know why we’re here tonight. The glistening hope of that lamp is still ours. Every promise, every opportunity, is still golden in this land. And through that golden door our children can walk into tomorrow with the knowledge that no one can be denied the promise that is America. Her heart is full; her torch is still golden, her future bright. She has arms big enough to comfort and strong enough to support, for the strength in her arms is the strength of her people. She will carry on in the ’80s unafraid, unashamed, and unsurpassed. In this springtime of hope, some lights seem eternal; America’s is.”
August 23, 1984 — in his speech to the Republican National Convention
Ronald Wilson Reagan
February 6, 1911 – June 5, 2004
40th President of the United States
February 6, 2011 marks the Centennial of Ronald Reagan’s birth. Reagan was unquestionably the greatest President of my lifetime, and in my opinion, the greatest President of the 20th Century. For the month of February, 2011, we present “28 Days of Ronald Reagan” featuring a daily tribute. We’ll include his wit, and his wisdom and some of our favorite stories.