TIL Contrary to the publicized image of the upbeat patient joking with surgeons, Ronald Reagan lost half his blood and came within seconds of dying in 1981 when he was gunned down. His true condition was concealed from the public for nearly 30 years.


TIL Contrary to the publicized image of the upbeat patient joking with surgeons, Ronald Reagan lost half his blood and came within seconds of dying in 1981 when he was gunned down. His true condition was concealed from the public for nearly 30 years.



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21 thoughts on “TIL Contrary to the publicized image of the upbeat patient joking with surgeons, Ronald Reagan lost half his blood and came within seconds of dying in 1981 when he was gunned down. His true condition was concealed from the public for nearly 30 years.

  1. Has there ever been a president more mythologised than Reagan?

    He was basically a demented madman, and most of the rest of the world saw him as such, yet he chucks out a few lofty speeches at home and is treated like some great man

  2. That video of him giving a speech and hearing a balloon pop and him saying “missed me” seems very fake nowadays.

  3. My memory could be off, correct me if I’m wrong. But I think before trump, this was the only time a president didn’t attend the white house correspondents dinner. And even then he called in to crack a few jokes over the phone.

  4. When a guy called Micheal Fagin broke into Buckingham Palace it was reported for years that the Queen calmly joked with him until security came. The “plucky Monarch” remained calm and polite. Total bollocks. The truth came out years later. She screamed her fucking head off for help. She was totally right to do so but I dislike the mythological tales that are fabricated to give us the impression that they’re “more than” the likes of us.

  5. Heard a discussion n this recently, apparently even in his dire situation he was joking to Nancy “ I’m sorry I forgot to duck.”

    This following part could be urban legend i it I heard it during my surgical rotations in discussions on resident and fellow involvement in surgeries….I was to,d that when rushed to the ED the surgical trauma fellow went to put in the chest tube, something well within their purview and that attending surgeons mostly didn’t “ bother with” while handling bigger issues. According to this story the secret service said “ no way” and made the attending surgeon do it and he promptly hit the intercostal artery during the chest tube insertion thus causing further bleeding.

    Can’t vouch for the veracity of this just the story I was told but I could see it.

  6. I believe ALL presidents and powerful people lie routinely, to:

    1) Look good, and.

    2) Deny weakness.
    (It’s in the DNA of the job description.)

  7. Still amazing to me how crazy you have to be to want to impress Jodi Foster by shooting Ronald Reagan. Like I’ve seen Taxi Driver and all I could think was “how the fuck did that movie sell the idea of being an assassin”. I was never allowed to watch it in high school and when I finally saw it I was surprised this is supposedly the movie that my mom says will make you want to kill people 😂

  8. And this shit is why I don’t feel unreasonable when everyone calls me a nut for not instantly accepting it when the news tells me that some politician’s health is actually just fine when something that doesn’t seem just fine happens.

    Politicians have a long history of not being honest about their health problems. I totally understand why — uncertainty isn’t good for stability. But if I see someone get shot, or not make public appearances for extended amounts of time, or collapse in public, or fall up the stairs, or suddenly talk like they’ve had a stroke … I’m not just going to believe everything is okie dokie because a nice man on the tv says so.

  9. afterwards, reagan did a press conference on the site of the shooting. he was asked by a reporter if he was nervous about someone trying to shoot him again, and he said “no not nervous, but just in case, I didn’t wear a nice shirt.”

  10. Back when I was in school in an unspecified place in an unspecified year, I was in the ER seeing patients and a guy came in who said he was mowing his lawn and a rock came up and hit him in the eye. Had a pretty gnarly looking injury, so we got a X ray to figure out a bit better what was going on… the rock ended up being a .38… asked him about it and he said “yeah, there were some guys hunting in the woods back there”. Did ok after surgery.

  11. This was not concealed from the public. We learned, within hours, how seriously injured he was, how much blood he lost, and how close he came to dying. But, he didn’t die… so, afterward… the public decided to focus more on the humorous side of that story, instead of focusing on the dark and serious side of it.

  12. Lots of comments that things would have been so much better if Reagan had died. You guys do realize that would have made George HW Bush the president, someone who was just as entrenched in conservative philosophy as Reagan, right? In actual policy, it wouldn’t have been a real dramatic difference.

  13. Imagine the timeline in which JFK had lived and Reagan had had his head exploded on national TV.

    I wonder what life on the moon colony is like.

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