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Iconic Presidential Moments

There are images that will stay with us forever. From FDR notifying the world that the U.S. had entered WWII, to Obama's trademark fist bump at the Democratic National Convention, these scenes depict modern-day leaders doing their jobs. Whether they be funny, awe-inspiring, or sad, each of the following pictures captures a moment in time that both validates and transcends our personal experience and reminds us of our shared history.

Catherine McNiff

Ronald Reagan
"Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall"
President Reagan gives speech at Berlin Wall
On June 12, 1987, during his second visit to West Berlin, President Ronald Reagan delivered one of his most famous speeches. A product of the Cold War, the speech before the Brandenburg Gate spoke very pointedly to the lopsided freedoms in a divided Germany. More than two decades old, the Berlin Wall was the dividing line between Communist East Berlin and Democratic West Berlin. Two years after Reagan's visit, East Germany opened the wall, allowing for travel between the two halves of the city, and by 1990, the physical wall had been torn down.
Photo source: Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
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