The day is commemorated at Pointe du Hoc on what was then called
So it’s a little poignant.
Also in the news is that our master orator, Barack Obama will give a speech there during the memorial ceremony. A speech that will be compared to arguably the most eloquent speech Ronald Reagan ever delivered, a speech that took place on the 40th anniversary, back in 1984.
So we have playing out today a battle of the communicators, so to speak.
But I believe that the playing field isn’t exactly level. Back in 1984
Had George W. Bush been president then, I truly believe we would still be fighting a war there even now.
No, Obama goes into this competition with a disadvantage.
So he actually has to deliver a speech that is better than Reagan’s (or really, Peggy Noonan’s) in order to even come to a tie with Reagan’s delivery.
And I think he did and I think they did.
Tie, that is.
Don’t take my word for it, though. See for yourself. I have two embedded videos below. One is of Obama’s speech as shown on MSNBC, and the other I found of Reagan’s entire speech at You Tube courtesy of the Reagan Library.