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1984 – Color, President Reagan: Greeting Olympic Torch at White House. 14May84]
Runner, Kurt Thomas, carrying Olympic torch across South Lawn of White House, past crowd & greeted by Reagan at lectern: “Members of the Congress, distinguished guests & friends of the Olympics, it’s a pleasure to welcome you & to have this opportunity to take part in this ceremony. The 1984 Olympic Torch Relay carries on in the footsteps of 10 previous Olympics. By the time the torch reaches the Los Angeles Coliseum on July 28th, it will have passed through 33 States, more than a thousand communities, and, as you’ve probably guessed, through the District of Columbia. But I believe this year’s relay is truly special, because it’s giving something back to our young people (abrupt cut)
17:17:33 “Let us keep that Olympic tradition alive in Los Angeles and resolve that the Olympic flame will burn ever brighter. And now, let’s get that Olympic torch on to Los Angeles. I’ll see you all there, and thank you, and God bless you all.
17:17:55 Runner lights torch of young black woman, Charlotte Pearson of Special Olympics team, (w/ some difficulty – others try, finally lights & she runs off. Reagan given ceremonial torch
Amateur Athletics; Athletes; Patriotism; Inspiration; Ceremony;
NOTE: President spoke at 5:14pm immediately prior to participating in opening ceremonies for the games.
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