In 1983, Korean Airlines Flight 007 was shot down by the Soviet Union. President Ronald Reagan reacted quickly by ending his vacation and returning to Washington.
Reagan addressed the nation, “This was the Soviet Union against the world and the moral precepts which guide human relations among people everywhere.”
62 Americans died, including one congressman, died on Flight 007. Reagan added, “It was an act of barbarism born of a society which wantonly disregards individual rights and human life, and seeks constantly to expand and dominate other nations.”
On Thursday night’s edition of the Kelly File, digital media editor Chris Stirewalt spoke of the importance of Reagan’s tone.
“They turned the tide on the discussion of the Cold War and on the discussion of Reagan’s plans by making clear what kind of conduct that was,” Stirewalt told host Megyn Kelly.
Stirewalt contrasted Reagan’s handling of Flight 007 with Obama’s reaction to the Malaysian plane that was shot down over Ukraine on Thursday.
While speaking in Delaware on Wednesday, Obama, who had very little information at the time, wasn’t as commanding.
“The United States will offer any assistance we can to help determine what happened, and why,” Obama said, noting that the first priority was determining if there were Americans on board.
Then the president boarded Air Force One and flew to New York City where he headlined two private Democratic fundraisers.