Ronald Reagan delivered his 331st, and last, radio address as president on Saturday, telling his listeners he was grateful to have played a part in "the story of a people and a cause . . . the American saga."
"Believe me, Saturdays will never seem the same. I'll miss you," the president said as he read his five-minute address from the Oval Office."Over the years I've greatly enjoyed this opportunity to get together with you and report on the week's events here in Washington," said the one-time radio sportscaster and Hollywood actor. He started the Saturday series on April 3, 1982.
Reagan noted that he and his wife Nancy planned to return home to California after the inauguration of President-elect Bush on Friday.
"We go with full hearts, with best wishes for George and Barbara and with gratitude to all of you. It's been a privilege to serve the people and the nation we've always loved, and loved so much today," Reagan said. "We shared a great deal together. For me, it's been a special relationship."
The president said he wasn't leaving with a downcast spirit, asserting that the economy was booming, the nation's social problems were being dealt with and "the Soviet menace shows some sign of relenting.
"Whether we seek it or not, whether we like it or not, we Americans are keepers of the miracle. We are asked to be guardians of a place to come to, a place to start again, a place to live in the dignity God meant for his children. May it ever be so," Reagan said.