Remembering Reagan

By: Alana Adams
By: Alana Adams

"Go out there and win one for the Gipper."

Ronald Reagan brought something to a political party that forever changed, and he will be remembered forever for his service as President of the United States.

Bobby Roberts, the Chairman of the Bay County Republican Party, visited Reagan at the White House in 1988.

"It was 24 years ago that he was elected, so to a lot of people, it's really the first president they really remember."

And it seems everyone remembers something. Derek Miles says Reagan taught others to be proud of the U.S.

"Well, I remember back in the 80s, he was such a strong leader and he made Americans feel proud and safe."

Roberts agrees, saying the President grasped onto an ideal that Americans needed.

"There was a void of people taking pride in our country, of people taking pride in America. He changed that. He literally changed that overnight."

And with those changes, thus rose a new era for the Republican Party. Roberts points out the changes are even evident today.

"Two weeks ago, for the first time in history, the Republican party became the majority registered party in Bay County."

But, how will history treat Reagan; many here say very favorably. Deta Dunn from Panama City Beach is still shocked that this former president is dead.

"I'll remember, of course, his famous words. 'Mr. Gorbechev, tear down that wall.' I still get tears when I hear it," says Dunn as the tears start to fall.

President Reagan stood in front of a large crowd that day and did ask for the wall to come down.

"Mr. Gorbechev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbechev, tear down this wall."

Some even say he helped tear down many walls in his lifetime.


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