Political Gaffes – Reagan Bombs the Soviets
Ronald Reagan Tells The World, “We Begin Bombing In 5 Minutes”!
Among famous political gaffes, this one is a doozy. Ronald Reagan was famous for his sense of humor. During a sound check for his weekly radio address on National Public Radio, he clowned around for a moment saying that he had “outlawed” Russia and the U.S. would begin bombing “in 5 minutes”.
You can guess what happened. The tape was quickly leaked to the public, and the Eastern Red Army of the Soviet Union went on “high alert” for 30 minutes until someone could convince them it was just a joke. Apparently they didn’t think it was all that funny. The incident was covered widely on the news, and you can read about it in Wikipedia to this day!