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    Ronald Reagan Presidential Speech Signed "Ronald Reagan" at top of first page, six pages, 8.5" x 14", separate sheets. Official White House press release, Office of the Press Secretary, Lisbon, Portugal, May 9, 1985. Titled "Remarks of the President/to the Assembly of the Republic/Assembly of the Republic Chamber/Lisbon, Portugal." Prior to his address, Communist Party Assembly members walked out in protest, so President Reagan's opening remark,"I'm sorry that some of the chairs on the left seem to be uncomfortable" drew laughter. Reagan had visited Germany (April 30 - May 6), Spain (May 6-7), and France (May 8) before arriving in Lisbon on May 8th. He left Portugal and returned to Washington on May 10th. In part, "For us, a long journey is ending now, but one fruitful in results and rich in memory. World leaders in summit conference, the youth of modern Germany, warm welcomes of the European Parliament and in Spain -- all these things we have seen and been grateful for...And now, at last, we have the honor of coming here to Portugal, a particularly fitting place for an American to make farewells as well as bring greetings..." Reagan then mentions "your countryman of five centuries ago, Joao Rodriguez Cabrilho, who discovered a very long stretch along the North American coastline that came to be known as California. In fact, some in my country claim I've been around so long that my ranch in the Santa Ynez Mountains was originally sold to me by Cabrilho himself." As the laughter died down, President Reagan expressed his admiration for "a small nation in the 15th century that refused to go the way of other war-ravaged European nations -- that spurned conflict and turned its talents instead to exploration, to adventure into new realms, to daring to dream, to believe in themselves and in the future. And this vision eventually doubled the size of th

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