Friday, July 19, 2019

Hello, Neil And Buzz

Hello, Neil and Buzz.  I'm talking to you by telephone from the Oval Room at the White House.  And this certainly has to be the most historic telephone call ever made.  I just can't tell you how proud we all are of what you've done.  For every American, this has to be the proudest day of our lives.  And for people all over the world, I am sure they too join with Americans in recognizing what an immense feat this is.  Because of what you have done, the heavens have become a part of man's world.  And as you talk to us from the Sea of Tranquility, it inspires us to redouble our efforts to bring peace and tranquility to Earth.  For one priceless moment in the whole history of man, all the people on this Earth are truly one: one in their pride in what you have done, and one in our prayers that you will return safely to Earth.

-- President Richard Nixon, in a phone call to the Apollo 11 astronauts, shortly before midnight, 20 July 1969

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