"I couldn't help but -- one point in our discussions privately with General Secretary Gorbachev -- when you stop to think that we're all God's children, wherever we may live in the world, I couldn't help but say to him, just think how easy his task and mine might be in these meetings that we held if suddenly there was a threat to this world from some other species, from another planet, outside in the universe. We'd forget all the little local differences that we have between our countries, and we would find out once and for all that we really are all human beings here on this Earth together. Well, I don't suppose we can wait for some alien race to come down and threaten us, but I think that between us we can bring about that realization."
-- Ronald Reagan, remarks to the students and faculty at Fallston High School in Fallston, Maryland, December 4, 1985
Friday, June 16, 2006
Nixon in China/Reagan in Space?
John Holbo at Crooked Timber reminds us of one of those wtf? moments in American diplomatic history: