Gotta Watch: Behind the scenes of the Reagan shooting
Ronald Reagan exits the Washington Hilton hotel moments before a gunman opens fire in 1981.
March 18th, 2011
10:34 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Behind the scenes of the Reagan shooting

Breaking news, 1981-style – It's hard to believe it's been 30 years this month since the failed assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan. CNN - less than a year on the air as the world's first 24-hour news network - sprang into breaking news mode to report initial details of the attack.

CNN investigation – This Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/PT, CNN presents an investigation into what really happened behind the scenes on that tense day in 1981. In this excerpt, doctors describe how they worked to save Reagan's life in the ER.

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  1. C Bauer

    You're wrong, American Idiot. She works the checkout lane, not waits in it. 😉

    March 18, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ATM

    Until u have walked a mile n a mans shoes, ur comments , b they good, bad or ugly, r just opinions and u know whats they say, "Opinons r like a..holes-everybodys got one!".

    March 18, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • agent155

      I think they say it's your First Amendment right

      March 19, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. JEff B

    C Baur – you are 1000% correct.
    Vicki....It takes bravery to make unpopular decisions. He made cuts because we NEEDED them – Under Regan, LIKE OBAMA, Democrats want to raise taxes by 25%, so they can increase spending by 100%.....
    Maybe Reagan didnt have a heart, but OB has no brain.

    March 18, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. J F

    Reagan, what a tool."Reaganonmics" "I want to build a sheild" "war on drugs""just say no". Tried to take credit for the fall of the Berlin Wall. AIDS, he didn't even ACKNOWLEDGE. They want to put him on the dime. That makes me want to puke.
    How does a senile old fart do so little and get credit for so much. He wasn't a bad actor. he reads lines off a teleprompter well.

    March 18, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. carol

    Jeff B. well said!!

    March 18, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Regan

    I personally dont give a monkeys fart about what happened after reagan got shot. There are more important things to pay attention to than this moron.

    March 18, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Don JJ

    Whoever thinks Obama better than Reagan and that Obama is their God and only savior and that he is the best president ever is pathetic and should be put in a prison in Mexico.

    March 18, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Hy

    OMG Vicky, reality check. Ronnie the man was a joke just like he tarnished the office he held.

    March 18, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Hy

    OMG Vicky, reality check. Ronnie the man, was a joke, just like the office he held.

    March 18, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. splasher6

    Foreplay for Liberals... sad

    March 18, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ed Bailey

    Ronald Regan was suffering lead poisoning from his habit of drinking water from every sink he passed in the white house. Marilyn Quail figured that out and spent millions of our tax money pulling the solid lead pipes out of the building.I was shocked when a looney sht him.I seriously thought a veteran would go nuts over ehat he did to us veterans!!!!

    March 18, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. sandyk

    I did like most of what President Reagan did, but I think if he came back from the dead, he wouldnt recognize the man Republicans made him out to be. He would probably want to meet that man!

    March 18, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. mike kerns

    in response to the brain washed servants of the right. Reagan was a great communicater. But the only things reagan acomplished was transfer the tax burden to the middle class. He also started us on the path to oir catastrofic debt problems he also paid iran blood money for the release of our hostages. Plus cut and ran from lebanon after the murder of 253 americans. I have a great idea all you right wing believers should move to texas and suxsead from the union.

    March 18, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ed Bailey

    Regan was really good at listening to his handlers, remind you of the high IQ guy we just let run things into the ground.

    March 18, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Hellomotto

    QUOTE: long before Reagan

    Im a most unhappy man, I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is now controlled by its system of credit.We no longer are a government of free opinion, no longer a government ruled by conviction, and the vote of the majority, but a government ruled by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men

    Woodrow Wilson 1919

    March 18, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
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