30 Years Ago Today, the entire nation was watching the takeoff of the Challenger when something went very, very wrong.
I hate to tell you this -- Americans were so shocked at the magnitude of this tragedy -- they dealt with it as only Americans do -- with sick humor:
Q:What does NASA stand for?
A: Need Another Seven Astronauts
The same way that when Robin Williams committed suicide -- the jokes went flying non-stop all week -- because Robin Williams was always there to make you laugh...that was his job...and Americans could not deal with the shock of his death details -- they turned to sick humor.
But President Ronald Reagan came on the air and gave one of the greatest speeches ever made.
It was so genuine, heartfelt and reached out to all Americans -- even specifically addressing the millions of children that were watching the live takeoff in classrooms all over the country.
Yes, some of you love him and some of you hate him.
But on that day, he was the President for all Americans and helped the country through this devastating event.