The Great Communicator

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The Great Communicator

The United States of America experienced one of its greatest losses on January 28th, 1986. Our country lost seven brave heroes. Included in the seven heroes was Christa Mcauliffe. Since she was an educator, school children were encouraged to view the space launch. When the shuttle exploded everyone was shocked and scared. President Ronald Reagan had the difficult job of addressing the nation, including the young children. He did so with much poise and prestige which is why he is referred to as the great communicator.
Ronald Reagan was the speaker in this video. He was addressing the nation on the tragedy. His message was that the seven members who lost their lives were brave heroes and should be remembered as such. The speech was broadcasted live on the radio and on national news networks. There was no interference in this solemn speech. The speech was filmed in the oval office of the White House. President Reagan sat at his famous desk while delivering the speech. His speech was directed at the entire mourning nation. He even spoke directly to the young children who had been watching. There is no visible feedback in the speech. If I had to guess I would assume there would not be a dry eye from those watching. President Reagan gave a heartfelt speech. This speech was very important to our history. It showed the president as a grieving citizen just like the rest of the country. He showed his character when he addressed the small children who were no doubt scared and upset. By pointing out the sacrifice and the bravery in the astronauts he made it easier to understand and cope with the loss. Reagan will always be remember as the great communicator and this speech is just one of the reasons.

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