President George H. W. Bush in eulogy for President Ronald W. Reagan at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
President George W. Bush in eulogy for President Ronald W. Reagan at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
Baroness Thatcher in eulogy for President Ronald W. Reagan at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney in eulogy for President Ronald W. Reagan at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
Homily of Episcopal minister John Danforth at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
Michael Reagan in eulogy for President Ronald W. Reagan at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.
Ron Reagan, Jr. in eulogy for President Ronald W. Reagan at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.
Patti Davis in eulogy for President Ronald W. Reagan at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.
Tributes from around the world
The passing of President Ronald Reagan is a sad moment in history, but he now belongs to the ages. During his presidency there was morning in America, and at his passing America is in mourning. But the future belongs to the people who President Reagan helped make free, and we will always remember what he did for the world, so that we may always be free.
His work here is done, and now a shining city awaits him. God Bless Ronald Reagan.
—President George W. Bush.
President Ronald Reagan will be remembered in the hearts of all Latvians as a fighter for freedom, liberty and justice worldwide.
—Latvian Pesident Vaira Vike-Freiberga.
Ronald Reagan had a higher claim than any other leader to have won the Cold War for liberty and he did it without a shot being fired.
—former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
This week America lost a cherished son and the world lost a great leader. A man of strong moral character and great humility, his leadership made the world a better place. Ronald Wilson Reagan epitomized what America stands for—freedom, democracy, and national pride….
—President George H. W. Bush.
Ronald Reagan was a great communicator not because he said things in an unusual way but because he said great things—things that were true and needed saying…. Reagan said our government was too big and was taking our freedoms. He said taxes were too high and were taking hard-won security from our citizens. The people listened, judged him to be correct, and elected him president in two landslides—one against an incumbent president running for reelection.
—Peggy Noonan, author and former speechwriter for President Reagan.
Reagan bolstered the U.S. military might to ruin the Soviet economy, and he achieved his goal.
Ronald Reagan was a great communicator not because he said things in an unusual way but because he said great things—things that were true and needed saying. When he saw injustice, he wanted to do away with it. He saw communism, and he wanted to put an end to it.
—Lech Walesa, Solidarity leader in the 1980s and former President of Poland in post-communist Poland.
His engagement in overcoming the East-West conflict and his vision of a free and united Europe created the conditions for change that in the end made the restoration of German unity possible. Germany will always have an honored memory of President Reagan because of that.
—German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder.
He was a great president who guided the Cold War toward a victory for freedom against communism.
—Yasuhiro Nakasone, former Prime Minister of Japan.
He was an absolutely marvelous human being and a great and historic leader who will be remembered very favorably.
—former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.
President Reagan fueled the spirit of America. I was privileged to serve as his national security adviser, and I was proud to be a soldier during his presidency as he restored the morale and fighting prowess of our armed forces.
—Secretary of State and President Reagan’s National Security Advisor Colin Powell.
Betty and I are deeply saddened by the passing of our longtime friend, President Reagan. Ronald Reagan was an excellent leader of our nation during challenging times at home and abroad. We extend our deepest condolences and prayers to Nancy and his family.
—President Gerald Ford.
I think he is one of the two greatest presidents of the 20th century, along with Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He shaped both America and the world, and they are different places than they would have been without Ronald Reagan.
—former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.
I did not just admire him, I was fortunate enough to know him. He was a hero to me.
—fellow California Governor and fellow actor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Reagan was a statesman who, despite all disagreements that existed between our countries at the time, displayed foresight and determination to meet our proposals halfway and change our relations for the better, stop the nuclear race, start scrapping nuclear weapons, and arrange normal relations between our countries.
—former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.