The Presidency by Hugh Sidey: That Show-Must-Go-On Spirit

The Presidency

On the Sunday after the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan, Nancy and other members of the family were on their way to George Washington University Hospital to visit the wounded President.

Someone in the crowd around the hospital apparently threw a firecracker in the vicinity of the limousine. The effect on those within the vehicle—Secret Service agents as well as the family—was instant. Deep down, personal alarms went off, reminding all of them once more of the hazards that attend high pub lic positions. The bulletproof limousine was virtually impervious to firearms. But the fear aroused by that sudden...

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