Fun Video Facts
The videos launched as promotional videos for POTUSMatch.com are not simply entertainment! Did you catch some of the little fun or interesting references hidden?
Vicki on Ronald Reagan
- Tearing down "that wall" is in reference to a speech Reagan gave on June 12, 1987 at the Brandenburg Gate, about 100 yards from the Berlin Wall in Germany. Built in 1961, the wall had become a symbol of the divide between the Communist East and the Democratic West; not just in divided Germany, but throughout the world, especially between the United States and the Soviet Union. Reagan was already in Europe for a G-7 Summit meeting, and decided to take advantage of his time there. Before leaving for the trip, Reagan's speechwriters wrote drafts of a speech for the occasion. There was one part that many of Reagan's advisers disagreed with, thinking that it sounded un-Presidential and extreme, but Reagan approved of the message and left it in the speech. It was the last line in the section below that would become the most famous line of Reagan's Presidency, though at the time the speech received little media coverage around the world. In November 1989, the Soviet Union began the dismantling of the Berlin Wall. Reagan returned to the wall in September 1990, no longer President, and took a few symbolic swings with a hammer at a remnant of the wall.
We welcome change and openness; for we believe that freedom and security go together, that the advance of human liberty can only strengthen the cause of world peace. There is one sign the Soviets can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of freedom and peace. 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!
- Reagan earned the nickname "The Great Communicator", which is best explained in the words of former Reagan speechwriter Ken Khachigian: "What made him the Great Communicator was Ronald Reagan's determination & ability to educate his audience, to bring his ideas to life by using illustrations and word pictures to make his arguments vivid to the mind's eye. In short: he was America's Teacher." It also helped greatly that Reagan had started out with a career in radio broadcasting, then acted in movies & television. While he had great speechwriters, his delivery was usually near perfection, hence the nickname.
- While Reagan spent most of his adult life in California, he spent his earlier years in Illinois. He was born in Tampico in 1911, spent his childhood in Dixon, & went to college in Eureka. After he graduated he took his first radio broadcasting job in Iowa, & then moved to Los Angeles in 1937. It was at that time that California would become his home state, though he would often reference his Illinois roots.
- Star Wars was mentioned as Reagan's response to the nuclear arms threat; let's first be clear that this is not in exact reference to the "Star Wars" films! Given the threat of nuclear arms during this time of the Cold War between the U.S. & the Soviet Union, Reagan proposed a Strategic Defense Initiative in 1983 that would use ground & space-based systems to protect the U.S. from nuclear missile attacks. Many saw the program as unrealistic, & the media began referring to the strategy as "Star Wars" after the famous films. While it has yet to be developed, the U.S. gained some great knowledge & experience in the process. It was a very advanced strategy for the time, & one that is still being pursued to this day.
- While it's not historical knowledge, Vicki exclaims that she can't help but love him as his name is Ray Gun (obviously pronounced similarly to "Reagan" but not exactly the same). Given that she is a ray gun/cannon, it is a play on words that we couldn't help but throw in the video as a little joke!