The final speech Reagan prepared was the welcoming of the new President elect, George H.W. Bush, to the White House. Different from many of his inspiring campaign speeches, Reagan chose to take this time to congratulate Bush and his running mate, Dan Quayle, on their 16 16 Ibid
11 accomplishments throughout the campaign. Straying away from any political speeches or comments, he mentioned how the American people had a future to look forward to that include changes that create jobs, prosperity, and peace for all Americans. Reagan also commended Governor Michael Dukakis and Senator Lloyd Bentsen on how they represented their party “with strength and tenacity.” Reagan noted that with this Administration, there was now a permanent feature of American government and this was not the end of an era, but a time to “refresh and strengthen our new beginning.” 17 Now, as the new President and Vice-President, Reagan noted that as a country, we needed to pull together and help the vice-president lead America into the 1990s. After the long months of campaigning, the seemingly endless controversy, and the sheer human exhaustion of it all, choosing individuals to lead our country was critical to not only the future of the nation, but also for human freedom. The ending of the speech is truly what contributed to the ending of a fantastic presidency, in which Reagan brought the American people to rally behind President George Bush and Vice President Dan Quayle. Reagan reminded the American people to accept the verdict of the majority, and pledge to always protect the rights of the minority and put behind the divisions and controversies of the immediate past that temporarily divided the nation. America, today, was one nation, one people, and the national treasure, and national mission was to continue to be lights of the world. Conclusion It has been argued from individuals across the political spectrum that it was not George Bush who won the 41 st Presidential nomination, but it was Ronald Reagan himself. Known as 17 17 "Ronald Reagan Speech at the Rose Garden." Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - National Archives and Records Administration. 1988. Accessed October 20, 2018. .
12 “The Great Communicator,” he was able to reach to crowd in a way that George Bush was not able to. His approach was always very simple and clear, and the result of his combination style was that he was able to connect with seemingly everyone from the common man to the veterans in politics. He was also able to educate his audience, bring ideas to life by making his arguments vivid to the mind’s eye. What truly separated Reagan from other politicians and communicators was his guidance of principle and devoted faith in God. Ephesians 4:15 states that as believers, we should be “speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into Him, who is the Head In short,” which was embodied in the way Reagan communicated to others. In short, Ronald Reagan was America’s teacher.
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