Wednesday, 30 March 2011
When Jodie Foster Nearly Killed Ronald Reagan - 30 Years On
Here is footage of that moment 30 years ago today...
It's a beloved question of historians but what if Reagan had died from his wounds?
George Bush Snr would've assumed the Presidency as the incumbant Vice-President, 8 years before he would actually do so in January 1989. The Cold War could've had a variant course from the one that was followed by Reagan and Gorbachov.
There are so many imponderables but what actually happened is that on the back of his recovery, Reagan, with his sunny personality, was feted as a hero and it can be argued, made his Presidency. He swept to a landslide re-election in 1984 and left office in 1989 with high approval ratings. Had he been allowed to stand again for President, he'd probably have got it by a wider margin than George Bush Snr eventually managed.
Here, speaking to Larry King, is Reagan's own recollection of a day that shaped his life and the life of the western world.