That's the way freedom is, and we wouldn't change it for a minute. Despite the fact that inflation started to grow in 1965, well before Carter, Reagan used this to his advantage. Nineteen years ago, almost to the day, we lost three astronauts in a terrible accident on the ground. We don't hide our space program. Nothing ends here; our hopes and our journeys continue. It's hard to dazzle us.
Finally, a great cloud of witnesses, who experienced the tragic fate of the seven Challenger astronauts are marshaled to testify to the paramount importance of progress through exploration and sacrifice. We've grown used to wonders in this century. They were so different, yet in their mission, their quest, they held so much in common. We learned again that this America, which Abraham Lincoln called the last best hope of man on Earth, was built on heroism and noble sacrifice. Ronald Wilson Reagan Speech on the Challenger Disaster, January 28, 1986 Nineteen years ago, almost to the day, we lost three astronauts in a terrible accident on the ground. They served all of us. I know it is hard to understand, but sometimes painful things like this happen.
Next, the qualities of the explorer who blazes the trail of progress are eulogized. And we know of your anguish. If America then was to continue to maintain its exceptionalism, it must continue to progress technologically; therefore, excessive mourning and fear of future catastrophe must not be permitted to impede further space exploration. Your browser does not support the video tag. Third, eulogies of political leaders offered for public benefit motivate to action through extolling certain virtues that support the action called for by the eulogy.
Ronald Reagan -- Speech on The Challenger Disaster, Oval Office of the White House, January 28, 1986 Ronald Reagan Speech President Reagan's Speech on The Challenger Disaster Ronald Reagan Oval Office of the White House, January 28, 1986 Nineteen years ago, almost to the day, we lost three astronauts in a terrible accident on the ground. And I want to say something to the schoolchildren of America who were watching the live coverage of the shuttle's takeoff. Today is a day for mourning and remembering. We will not disappoint them. And we know of your anguish. Today is a day for mourning and remembering.
The Challenger crew was pulling us into the future, and we'll continue to follow them. In 1992, as he delivered a speech at the Republican Convention, one would not doubt his excellence in public speaking. In other words, grief is not an end itself, it is a means to a greater end. Understanding a rhetorical exigence prepares the way for understanding a rhetorical audience. Nancy and I are pained to the core by the tragedy of the shuttle Challenger. We know we share this pain with all of the people of our country.
Reagan is recognized as a conservative icon to many Americans. Nothing ends here; our hopes and our journeys continue. The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honoured us by the manner in which they lived their lives. We've grown used to wonders in this century. We don't hide our space program.
The second component of a rhetorical situation is an audience. The speech is bracketed by two notable examples of sacrifice in the service of progress. They wished to serve, and they did. Often, they met with terrible hardship. The Challenger crew was pulling us into the future, and we'll continue to follow them.
On that very evening, President Ronald Reagan addressed the nation from the Oval office, eulogizing the Challenger crew members and consoling an emotionally shell shocked audience. Reagan Ladies and gentlemen, I'd planned to speak to you tonight to report on the state of the Union, but the events of earlier today have led me to change those plans. President Reagan was joined before the joint session of Congress by and , who introduced Reagan before the commencement of the address. They were so different, yet in their mission, their quest, they held so much in common. The future doesn't belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave. We mourn seven heroes: Michael Smith, Dick Scobee, Judith Resnik, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Gregory Jarvis, and Christa McAuliffe.
Often, they met with terrible hardship. We come together today to mourn the loss of seven brave Americans, to share the grief we all feel and, perhaps in that sharing, to find the strength to bear our sorrow and the courage to look for the seeds of hope. Constraints are essentially the available means of persuasion found in any situation. Words pale in the shadow of grief; they seem insufficient even to measure the brave sacrifice of those you loved and we so admired. We remember Michael Smith, who earned enough medals as a combat pilot to cover his chest, including the Navy Distinguished Flying Cross, three Air Medals - and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star, in gratitude from a nation that he fought to keep free. Nothing ends here; our hopes and our journeys continue.