Wednesday, March 30, 2011

30 Years Ago, The Ronald Reagan Assassination Attempt / The Ronald Reagan Assassination Attempt

"“Honey, I forgot to duck.” President Ronald Reagan’s bantering words were intended to ease his wife’s anxiety as he lay in a hospital after being shot in the chest on the afternoon of March 30, 1981, a quarter of a century ago today.

His aides likewise reassured the public, downplaying the severity of his wound. Yet the President had lost almost half his blood and was described by one doctor as “on the brink.” What’s more, the mechanism intended to assure continuity of national leadership in such a crisis was not working."

What a GREAT man we almost lost that day.

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