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Ronald Reagan's Hopeful Farewell

HIS LAST SPEECH AS PRESIDENT WAS ABOUT HIS FAITH IN AMERICA AND ITS PEOPLE. OUR CURRENT PRESIDENT COULD NOT BE MORE DIFFERENT.

Thirty years ago, at 9 p.m. Eastern Time on the winter Wednesday of Jan. 11, 1989, President Ronald Reagan, one month shy of his 78th birthday, sat down to deliver his 34th and final Oval Office speech to the American people.

At the time, the remarks were noted for their characteristic grace. Reagan had, after all, catapulted to political fame a quarter century before, in 1964, with a memorable television address on behalf of the Republican

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