Reagan gave his farewell address on January 11, 1989, shortly before he handed the reins of power over to his vice president, George H.W. Bush. Reagan thanked the American people for their support, recalled the high points of his presidency, and even touched on some of the lows. But most importantly, he celebrated America itself, the "shining city upon a hill," as he saw it. He summed up his presidency with these words:
"We made the city stronger, we made the city freer, and we left her in good hands. All in all, not bad, not bad at all."
But Reagan's final farewell came not in the form of a grand speech, but rather in a simple, short letter addressed to his "fellow Americans," released in November of 1994. In it, he revealed that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. He closed with these words:
"I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life. I know that for America there will always be a bright new dawn ahead."
Reagan passed away 10 years later, at the age of 93.