Reagan Was a Berliner, Too, Son Reminds

Hurrying Wall's demise worth monument in city full of JFK iconography
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2008 6:45 PM CDT
Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has been dismissive of claims that Ronald Reagan brought about the fall of the Berlin Wall.   (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)
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(Newser) – Ronald Reagan's son Michael is pushing Berlin to erect a monument to his dad. "He was able to bring together people who ultimately brought down the Berlin Wall," the right-wing talk-show host tells Der Spiegel during a trip to the German capital—home to numerous JFK tributes—to lobby for something to commemorate his late father.

In response to complaints that Berlin already is choked with memorials to different aspects of the city's troubled history, Michael Reagan is unsympathetic. "You wouldn't have all these memorials if he hadn't done his job to free the East and bring the East and West together to make a united Berlin," Reagan says of his old man.