On this day in leadership history in 1984, U.S. President Ronald Reagan was preparing for his weekly radio broadcast when, during testing of the microphone, the President said of the Soviet Union, “My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you that I just signed legislation that would outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.”
What’s the leadership lesson? Honorable leaders should always check their mics before they speak.
Ronald Reagan Bombing Statement – Wikipedia