I was only 7 years old, but I can distinctly remember being glued to the television set at my grandmother’s after learning Ronald Reagan was shot, watching the scenes and realizing even at such a young age that I was witnessing something historic. It’s hard to believe that was 30 years ago, but indeed we’ll mark that anniversary on March 30.
Of course in the end it wasn’t as bad as it could have been. Reagan survived, served two terms as president, the free world was fine, and the Jodie Foster-obsessed shooter was locked up.
What you may not know is just how close Reagan came to dying that day, and how the quick thinking of a secret service agent who threw the president into his limo ultimately saved his life. No one knew Reagan had been shot (seemingly not even he knew exactly) until once inside the car where he complained of trouble breathing and theagent saw blood on his lips.