Monday, March 30, 2009

"Honey, I Forgot to Duck".

Although I tried afterward to learn who the nurse was, I was never able to find her. I had wanted to tell her how much the touch of her hand had meant to me, but I never was able to do that. Once I opened my eyes and saw Nancy looking down at me. "Honey," I said, "I forgot to duck,"

On March 30, 1981, Ronald Reagan was leaving the Washington Hilton after addressing a conference of the AFL-CIO's Building Construction Trades Department. He left the hotel by a side entrance, waving to a small crowd. As he turned toward Michael Putzel, an Associated Press reporter who had called, "Mr. President," he heard a pop-pop-pop sound. "What the hell's that?" Reagan said to Jerry Parr, the Secret Service agent in charge of his guard unit. Parr was already moving, tackling the President, pushing him toward the ground as another agent, Ray Shaddick, forced both Reagan and Parr into the back of the President's limo, onto the floor. "Take off," Parr yelled to the driver, Agent Drew Unrue. Reagan was in great pain, the worst he had ever felt. "Jerry," he said, "get off. I think you've broken one of my ribs." "Rawhide is returning," Parr shouted to Unrue. "Get the President to the White House." More...

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