I was last here 40 years ago. We have spent the day in the eastern part of Berlin, in what was once the DDR.
For twelve hours I have struggled to make sense of this transformation. Forty years ago I could not imagine such a change in my lifetime. Yet, here it is. I am a witness. I think back to that statue of Ronald Regan in Budapest and remember his challenge to Gorbachev. He stood before the gray Brandenburg Gate in 1987 and said, "Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall." Tonight I walked through that same tall gate. It is lit and white and beautiful. I can still hardly believe it. That is why there is a statue of Ronald Regan outside the Hungarian Parliament.