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Statue in Budapest’s Liberty Square credits Reagan for freedom
“Ronald Reagan was a symbol of freedom for the peoples of Eastern Europe,” Ms. Budai said. “We loved him not just as a president, but as a man.”
Christopher Ball, an economics professors at Connecticut’s Quinnipiac University, said he and his Hungarian-born wife reshuffled their travel plans so they could take their eight-year-old daughter and 10-month-old son to see the new statue.
“Reagan clearly put the U.S. in many ways back on the map. He gave us a lot of pride again in our own country,” Mr. Ball said, adding that he thought Mr. Reagan’s advocacy of freedom made Liberty Square an apt home for his statue.
Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjen said Wednesday that, while there are strong differences of opinion among the people of Eastern Europe, “when it comes to respecting the legacy of Ronald Reagan, we are indeed united.”
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About the Author
Ben Birnbaum is a reporter covering foreign affairs for The Washington Times. Prior to joining The Times, Birnbaum worked as a reporter-researcher at the New Republic. A Boston-area native, he graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University with a degree in government and psychology. He won multiple collegiate journalism awards for his articles and columns in the Cornell Daily Sun.
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