Thursday, March 30, 2006

25th Anniversary of Reagan Assassination Attempt

I had forgotten that exactly 25 years ago today, John Hinckley attempted to assassinate U.S. President Ronald Reagan.

The anniversary did not rate a mention in any of the Globe, Post, Toronto Star, or Toronto Sun. National Review Online has a remembrance of the day’s events, as told to Deroy Murdock by Rudy Giulani. On the morning of the shooting, Giulani had attended a White House breakfast with Reagan, as Reagan’s yet-to-be-confirmed Associate Attorney General. The assassination attempt occurred that afternoon. Giulani recalls what he learned from the experience:

“For me personally,” he says, “it was one of those terrible emergencies that I was involved in. And I think it kind of taught me how to handle it. Not just me personally, but watching the other people: the attorney general, how he organized it, the head of the FBI, Bill Webster. And the attorney general, who had been in office at that point two months, handled it brilliantly. He organized all of us. He had us all doing our jobs. We each had our function.”

Does Giuliani call himself a Reaganite?

“Oh, absolutely!” he exclaims. “He had strong beliefs. He knew what those beliefs were. He stuck to them whether they were popular or unpopular. And he did it in a way in which he was civil and nice to everyone. It was a beautiful combination of tremendous commitment to what he believed in, but not anger.”

“Ronald Reagan was a role model for me,” says the man they call “America’s Mayor.” “I consider him a hero.”

NRO Online also has an excellent remembrance of Reagan Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, by Peter Schweizer.

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