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Ronald Reagan’s Challenger Address:Hope amidst TragedyPenn State World Campus
In 1984, NASA’s Challenger became a symbol of America’s further progress and innovation, but resulted in a tragedy witnessed by millions of Americans. It was highly publicized, with a particular focus on the first civilian astronaut, a schoolteacher. As a result, NASA was enjoying a renewed interest in the space program and it seemed as if the whole country was watching, so the ensuing crash was deeply felt by the public. The President, Ronald Reagan, was set to make his State of the Union address, but felt it was more important to addressthe Challenger disaster. He wanted to address a grieving and confused nation and was determined to use the tragedy as an opportunity to unify the people in a message of hope.Reagan addressed his audience in a live television broadcast, enabling him to efficiently address a wide audience demographic, comprising government officials, civilians of all ages, the wealthy, the poor, and even illiterate citizens. This posed the challenge of delivering a speech that would be meaningful and impactful to a broad audience. Reagan used empathy as a means topersonalize his message and relate to the population, allowing each audience member to feel

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