Study Guide

Peter Mark Robinson in Tear Down This Wall

By Ronald Reagan

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Peter Mark Robinson

Peter became a White House speechwriter pretty quickly after his college graduation. He started out just writing speeches for VP Bush, but was quickly drafted to help out President Reagan as well.

He's the guy who actually wrote the Berlin Wall speech for President Reagan—so that's pretty awesome.

This speech could have been a lot less awesome, though; Robinson was initially told to keep references to the Berlin Wall out of the speech. But after talking to some Berliners at a dinner party, he went ahead and ignored that advice, as did Reagan, who ultimately decided to leave in the now-infamous line: "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" (63).

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