Now Comes the Hard Part

A mending President must confront some bruising battles

"It was, I must say, the most paralyzing pain. . . as if someone had hit you with a hammer." Thus did the nation's premier convalescent describe last week just what it felt like to have been shot in the chest. Admitting that the assassination attempt a month ago "still seems unreal," Ronald Reagan recalled that at first he thought he had been hurt only by being shoved into the limousine by Secret Service Agent Jerry Parr. "When I suddenly found I was coughing up blood, we...

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