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Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down This Wall! Reflections from Ronald Reagan’s Speechwriter
Words have great power. Few know that more personally than Peter Robinson, who penned President Ronald Reagan’s famous “Tear down this wall!” speech, given on June 12, 1987 in West Berlin, Germany. It is one of the most important speeches in modern history, and as we continue to talk this year about America as "the land of the free," this is a wonderful opportunity to have a conversation with the man who helped write words that have brought hope and freedom to millions of people around the world.

Mr. Robinson recalls that the key line, “Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down This Wall!” was not without controversy, and he had to persuade President Reagan to keep it in the speech over the objections of other White House and administration officials.

In this webinar, Mr. Robinson will reflect on his experience writing the speech and generally on his time as a speechwriter for Ronald Reagan.

Executive Director Jeff Sikkenga will lead the conversation with Peter Robinson, and questions will be welcomed from the audience.

May 19, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Peter Robinson
Murdoch Distinguished Policy Fellow @Hoover Institution
Peter M. Robinson is the Murdoch Distinguished Policy Fellow at the Hoover Institution, where he writes about business and politics, edits Hoover's quarterly journal, the Hoover Digest, and hosts Hoover's video series program, Uncommon Knowledge™. Robinson spent six years in the White House, serving from 1982 to 1983 as chief speechwriter to Vice President George Bush and from 1983 to 1988 as special assistant and speechwriter to President Ronald Reagan. He wrote the historic Berlin Wall address in which President Reagan called on General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down this wall!" Robinson is also the author of three books: How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life (Regan Books, 2003); It's My Party: A Republican's Messy Love Affair with the GOP, (Warner Books, 2000); and the best-selling business book Snapshots from Hell: The Making of an MBA (Warner Books, 1994). Read more about Robinson here: www.hoover.org/profiles/peter-m-robinson
Jeffrey Sikkenga
Executive Director @Ashbrook Center