|1981, March 30||President Reagan shot and wounded|
I was watching a news update about the day Reagan was shot and was struck by a few things…
- He looked so young. (he was 70)
- I remember how I felt at the moment it happened. I was standing in the family room, watching the news clip stunned, and was thinking this was the first “important” person I felt I knew who had been shot. I was in my first year of college.
- I am always in awe of seeing people who are trained at their job carry it out as though it is effortless. That is how it felt watching all the people around Reagan react. Truly inspirational.
In the hospital emergency room, Reagan remarked to Nancy “Honey, I forgot to duck”, borrowing boxer Jack Dempsey’s line to his wife the night he was beaten by Gene Tunney.
Reagan was the first serving United States president to survive being shot in an assassination attempt. At the end of the update, they said Reagan was given leeway for many things later in his presidency because the American people were on his side after the assassination attempt.