"Tear Down This Wall" - June 12, 1987
President Reagan used his address in front of the Berlin Wall in 1987 to issue a dare to Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. The language was debated internally, with some fearing it was too bold a move. In the end, the president said:
“General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”
More than two years after the Great Communicator made his pitch for the Berlin Wall to come down, it did. Reagan, no longer president when the wall came down, traveled back to the site a year after its destruction to celebrate the occasion.