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May 29, 1987 Draft Presidential Address_ Brandenburg Gate 189836

May 29, 1987 Draft Presidential Address_ Brandenburg Gate 189836

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RESS: BRANDENBURG GATE
WEST BERLIN, GERMANYFRIDAY, JUNE 12, 1987PRESIDENTIAL
of the Grunewald and the Tiergarten.courage and friendship.
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American
Presidents. You see, like so
here today because wherever
I go, whatever I do:
Most of all, by
your
many Presidents before
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Europe and North Amen:a. I
heard as
well in the last --understand that it is
being seen and
that
Berlin television can be
seen
Chancellor Kohl; Governing Mayor Diepgen, ladies andgentlemen: Twenty-four years ago, President John F. Kennedy
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I
must confess, weare drawn here by other things as well: By the feeling of
history in this
city,
more than 500 years older than our own
Nation. By the sense of energy inyour streets. By the beauty
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To
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listening throughout Eastern Europe. I
extend my
warmest greetings and the goodwill of the American people. Tothose listening in East Berlin, a special word. Although Icannot be with you, I address my remarks to you just as surely as
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to those standing here before me. For I join you as I join your
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there may be nowall. But there remainfarmed guards andisible, no obviouscheckpoints all the same -- still a restriction on the right totravel, still an instrument to impose upon ordinary men and women
the will of a totalitarian state.
Yet it is here in Berlin where the wail emerges mostclearly; here, cutting across your city, where the newsphoto and
the television screen have imprinted this
division of acontinent upon the mind of the world. standing before theBrandenburg Gate, any man is a German, separated from his fellowmen. Any man is a Berliner, forced to look tton a scar.
President von Weizsaecker has said: The arman cuest‘tn is
open as long as the Brandenburg Gate is
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long as this gate is closed, as long as this s:arpermitted to stand, it is not the German question alone tb.atremains open, but the question of freedom, for all mankind.
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Yet I do not come here to lament. For I find in Berlin a
message of hope -- even, in the shadow of this wall, a message of
triumph.
In this season of spring in 1945, the people of Berlinemerged from their air-raid shelters to find devastation.[itreets choked with rubble. One building in five destroyed.
Tens of thousands lying
dead]
Thousands of miles
away, the
people of the United States reached out to help. In announcingthe Marshall Plan, Secretary of State George Marshall statedprecisely 40 years ago this week: "Our policy is directed notagainst any country or doctrine, but against hunger, poverty,
desperation, and chaos."
In the Reichstag a few moments ago, I saw a displaycommemorating this 40th anniversary of the Marshall Plan. I was
struck by the sign on.a burnt-out
being rebuilt. I understand that
can remember seeing signs like it
, gutted structure that wasBerliners of my own generation
dotted throughout the Western
sectors of the city.
The sign read simply
"The Marshall
at work. For the building of a Free
World.""[T]he
building of a Free World" -- in the west, that
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to become an economic)%s\h‘
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' saw colitical and economicThe European Community was founded.In West Germany and here in Berlin, there took place an
economic miracle, the "Wirtschaftswunder." Adenauer, Erhard,
Reuter, and other leaders understood the practical importance ofliberty -- that dust
as
truth can flourish only when the
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