By Del Quentin Wilber
For the 1st time, a minute-by-minute account of the tried assassination of Ronald Reagan
On March 30, 1981, President Reagan walked out of a resort in Washington, D.C., and used to be shot by way of a would-be murderer. For years, few humans knew the reality approximately how shut the president got here to death, and nobody has ever written a close narrative of that harrowing day. Now, drawing on particular new interviews, Del Quentin Wilber tells the electrifying tale of a second whilst the country confronted a terrifying situation.
With cinematic readability, we see the key provider agent whose quick reflexes kept the president's lifestyles; the intense surgeons who operated on Reagan as he used to be wasting part his blood; and the small team of White apartment officers frantically attempting to verify even if the rustic used to be lower than assault. so much in particular, we come across the fellow code-named Rawhide, a pace-setter of unusual grace who encouraged affection and awe in everybody who labored with him.
Ronald Reagan used to be the one serving U.S. president to outlive being shot in an assassination try. In Rawhide Down, the tale of that perilous day—a day of chaos, challenge, prayer, heroism, and hope—is dropped at lifestyles as by no means before.
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Reagan shook hands with more than sixty people in eleven minutes, and then everyone filed into the East Room. Gone were the flower arrangements and tables stacked with cakes that had greeted the president on his birthday; this morning, three rows of wooden chairs with white cushions had been placed in a semicircle around a small stage. Reagan took the podium to loud applause, which echoed off the room’s bare white walls. The men and women present that day were all fervent supporters; a number of them had worked on the 1976 and 1980 campaigns.
Reagan had not gotten off to a strong start. In the two months following his inauguration, he was relentlessly criticized by Democrats for not caring about the poor, for proposing steep cuts in federal programs, and for sending military advisors to El Salvador, which, some felt, might become another Vietnam. By mid-March, he had the lowest approval rating of any modern president at a similar point in his term: during what should have been his postinauguration honeymoon, only 59 percent of Americans thought he was doing a good job.
His money was gone. His parents would not have him back. He’d been traveling for weeks, and now he felt sure he was on his final trip. On his walk back to the hotel, he bought a copy of The Washington Star, the city’s afternoon newspaper. ” He read the schedule without excitement, put down the paper, and headed to the shower. , he did not remove his suit jacket. He revered the presidency too much to display shirtsleeves in the room that had long been the epicenter of the presidential universe. It had been more than two months since Reagan’s inauguration, but the space looked much as Jimmy Carter had left it on January 20.
Rawhide Down: The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan by Del Quentin Wilber