Deputy Chief of Staff Michael Deaver states that the note President Reagan wrote while unable to speak, asking if anyone else had been injured in the assassination attempt on him, would become historically important because Reagan was the only president to survive being shot. Though not a sitting president at the time of the attack, former president and Bull Moose Party candidate Theodore Roosevelt was wounded by a gunshot on October 14, 1912. Like Reagan, Roosevelt was wounded on the left side of his chest, when a bullet struck him, passing through an eyeglasses case and a folded 50 page speech he was carrying. The bullet did not penetrate to his lung. Roosevelt continued with his scheduled speech and carried the bullet in his chest the rest of his life. See more »
This is possibly the most fascinating documentary I have ever seen. The film covers the time period from about 40 minutes before Hinckley shoots Reagan until he recovers from his wounds and leaves the hospital. The interviews are fantastic and include firsthand accounts from Secret Service agents, administration officials who were at both the hospital and the White House, Reagan's family, and the RN's and MD's who worked on the President. Also included are replays of the highly erroneous news reports that came out during the day. The film does a really fantastic job of reenacting key moments to provide an excellent sense of what it was like behind the curtain. It's worth watching!
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