ALERT: Reagan’s Partner In Ending Cold War Has Died

( – BREAKING NOW: Just moments ago, it was announced that Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, has died.

The Washington Post handled the news as follows:

Mikhail S. Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, who embarked on a path of radical reform that brought about the end of the Cold War, reversed the direction of the nuclear arms race and relaxed Communist Party controls in hopes of rescuing the faltering Soviet state but instead propelled it toward collapse, died Aug. 30 in Moscow. He was 91…

“For the sheer improbability of his actions and their impact on the late 20th century, Mr. Gorbachev ranks as a towering figure. In 1985, he was chosen to lead a country mired in socialism and stultifying ideology. In six years of cajoling, improvised tactics and increasingly bold risks, Mr. Gorbachev unleashed immense changes that eventually demolished the pillars of the state. [emphasis added]

Many Americans will undoubtedly remember Gorbachev’s famed 1987 trip to the United States to meet with then-President Ronald Reagan.

On the way to the White House from the Soviet Embassy, with then-Vice President George Bush at his side, Gorbachev exited his limousine on Connecticut Avenue in the nation’s capital to roars of applause from the lunchtime crowd passing on the street as was captured in the photo below that was shown around the globe.