Many of President Donald Trump’s comments during his first State of the Union speech were similar to remarks former President Ronald Reagan made during his time at the White House.
“That is what our country has always been about. That is what Americans have always stood for, always strived for, and always done,” Trump told a packed crowd Tuesday night, referring to the U.S. yearning for freedom and liberty for all people.
Regan’s quotes on freedom were equally as flowery. “Together, after 50 years of taking power away from the hands of the people in their states and local communities, we have started returning power and resources to them,” the 40th president of the United States said during his 1982 State of the Union speech, noting the restorative power of the American people.
Both presidents used historical examples to hammer home points.
“Memorials to the heroes of Yorktown and Saratoga — to young Americans who shed their blood on the shores of Normandy, and the fields beyond,” Trump said, referring to Americans devotion to freedom. “And others, who went down in the waters of the Pacific and the skies over Asia.”
Reagan made similar comments about the country’s Founding Fathers.
“Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom and then lost it have never known it again,” Reagan said in 1967 at his inaugural address as California’s governor.
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