Following are excerpts from two press releases of the President of the United States.
December 4, 1985 — 10:17 AM — Remarks of the President To Fallston High School Students and Faculty. (Fallston, Maryland)
The President talked about his recent meeting with Gorbachev in Geneva, SDI, people-to-people exchanges, and having no illusions about the Soviets. The two paragraphs of the remarks are the following:
I couldn't 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 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. Thank you all. God bless you all. (Applause.)
September 21, 1987 — 11:05 am EDT -Text of Remarks by the President to the 42nd General Assembly of the United Nations. (New York, NY)
President talked about his vision for the future, recent change in leadership in the Philipines, benefits of freedom, the problems in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Nicaragua, Nuclear arms reductions, Human Rights, and in his third to the last paragraph said:
In our obsession with antagonisms of the moment, we often forget how much unites all the members of humanity. Perhaps we need some outside, universal threat to make us recognize this common bond. I occasionally think how quickly our differences world-wide would vanish if we were facing an alien threat from outside this world. And yet, I ask you, is not an alien force already among us? What could be more alien than war and the threat of war?
09-May-88 09:09 EDT APn 05/05 0214
Copyright, 1988. The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
By TERENCE HUNT AP White House Correspondent
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Reagan says he wonders what would happen if the Earth were invaded by "a power from outer space," and imagines that it would unite all nations of the world in a common defense. He made the comment Wednesday in Chicago during a question-and-answer session after a speech about human rights and the Soviet Union. His telling of the story followed one day after the disclosure that Nancy Reagan has consulted an astrologer about the president's schedule and travel plans. Several members of Congress chided Reagan about the use of astrology and a group of scientists complained that it was a discredited practice.
Reagan, asked what he felt was the most vital factor in international relations, spoke of the importance of frankness and about a desire for peaceful solutions. He went on to say that there had been "about 114 wars" since World War II, including conflicts between smaller nations. "But I've often wondered, what if all of us in the world discovered that we were threatened by an outer — a power from outer space, from another planet," Reagan said. "Wouldn't we all of a sudden find that we didn't have any differences between us at all, we were all human beings, citizens of the world, and wouldn't we come together to fight that particular threat?" the president asked. The president found an analogy in the threat of nuclear destruction.
"In a way, we have something of that kind today, mentioning nuclear power again. We now have a weapon that can destroy the world, and why don't we recognize that threat more clearly and then come together with one aim in mind, how safely, sanely and quickly can we rid the world of this threat to our civilization and our existence?" The comment drew applause from the audience, a nonpartisan group that specializes in foreign policy and national security issues, the National Strategy Forum.
As his next summit with Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev approaches, Reagan has been emphasizing the need for arms control in particular and for cooperation among nations in general. In light of his past anti-Soviet rhetoric, he offered startling praise for Gorbachev during his speech Wednesday, saying the Soviet leader's reform programs are "of tremendous significance." "It is my belief that there is hope for further change, hope that in the days ahead the Soviets will grant further recognition to the fundamental civil and political rights of all," Reagan said.
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