Thursday, March 30, 2006
Twenty-five years ago today.
Then president Ronald Reagan was shot by John Hinckley. Hinckley missed the President with all six shots but one of the bullets did ricochet off of the bullet-proof glass of the presidential limo and strike the President in the chest. Press Secretary James Brady, police officer Thomas Delehanty, and Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy were also injured, Brady most seriously. The President was taken to George Washington University Hospital where my sister was the resident in charge of the emergency room. Although she never actually treated him -- other people saw to him while she did the paperwork -- she was officially his doctor for the very few minutes it took for his personal physicians to arrive and her signature appears on his admission papers.