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Ronald Reagan - Outlawing Russia
If anyone remembers this better than me then please do correct me.
During a sound check before a radio interview, sometime in the mid '80s RR was goofing around, he said something along the lines of "My fellow Americans, I've just signed legislation outlawing Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.", unfortunately for him the tapes were rolling and this hit the news....did a lot for the Cold War that!
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Darth_PC writes:
Here is an audio clip of it http://reagan.webteamone.com/sounds/bombing.au LOL!
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cactus writes:
His exact comment was: "My fellow Americans, I'm pleased to tell you today that I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever [laughter]. We begin bombing in five minutes [laughter]."
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Taelron writes:
This is one of my favorites, i have the clip on a Zip disk somewhere... It was during a press conference about negotiations with Russia over the Nuclear Arms Reductions. President Reagan, "thought" it was a sound check but it was actually broadcasted. But the funniest part wasn't the fact it actually got broadcasted, it was the fact the Russian Ambassidor was sitting in a chair not 10 feet away...
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vl writes:
Enter this URL into your browser and you'll find a bunch of hits for it. The file name is rrbomb.wav. http://search.altavista.com/cgi-bin/query?q=rrbomb.wav&kl=XX
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Zeke writes:
I don't remember the exact quote, either, but it was something to the effect of : "Ladies and gentlemen, we have outlawed Russia forever...we begin bombing in 5 minutes"
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andrea writes:
The quote is actually. "I am please to tell you today that i have signed legislation that will outlaw russia forever. We begin Bombing in five minutes". You can also here this loop in the song Innocent X by Lomax
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bored outta my mind writes:
We talked about this incident a few times and apparently the broadcast was picked up by a radio operator in Russia who then contacted the Russian pacific fleet. This was possibly one of the closest times we came to nuclear war.
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wittyditty writes:
Actually, this was before a radio interview, and they needed to test the microphones-to which RR obliged by the phrase 'let's bomb the Russians'. The tapes were meant to be rolling.
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Albert writes:
I believe he was preparing to address the nation by satellite, meaning anyone with a sattelite dish could have picked up his little off-the-cuff attempt at humor. What I think he said was something like: "My fellow Americans, I have signed legislation banning Russia, effective immediately. The bombs begin dropping in ten minutes."
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vonbontee writes:
Did any of you ever hear the song "5 Minutes" by "Bonzo Goes To Washington" aka Booty Collins & Jerry Harrison? It featured recording & samples of that very speech, cut & spliced & reassembled everywhich way overtop a funk/dance/hip hop groove. I only ever heard it once (saw the video actually, on MuchMusic - Canada's MTV; no radio station would play it of course...) around '85 or so, but still remember it as hilarious & unnerving. In a perfect world it would have wrecked Ronnie's political career & denied him his 2nd term; this world is not perfect, unfortunately.
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