Prompted by the news that the Queen hadn't been invited to today’s 65th anniversary commemoration of D-Day, I recently posted a clip from Ronald Reagan’s moving speech at Pointe du Hoc on the 40th anniversary in 1984.
Here is an audio version of the whole speech that serves as the soundtrack to a neatly edited collection of pictures and film footage from D Day.
I don’t know if President Sarkozy’s English is up to understanding one of Ronald Reagan's finest speeches, but it wouldn’t do him any harm just to watch the visual reminders of the Normandy landings. Had he done so a few weeks ago, he might have shown a bit more diplomacy when it came to making the arrangements for today.
Meanwhile, the challenge for President Obama is how do you follow the great communicator when he was right at the top of his game?
(See also D-Day 65th Anniversary (1).