The Upstairs Presidency

The First Patient is healing, but his programs are ailing

The details of convalescence sounded reassuringly familiar to anyone who has recovered from major surgery. In his first week back at the White House after the attempt on his life, Ronald Reagan puttered around the second-floor bedroom and sitting room. He strolled in the Rose Garden and frequently visited the third-floor solarium to bask in the sunshine and admire the tulips that had bloomed while he was in the hospital. He took penicillin orally to guard against infection of the lung pierced by the...

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