• Short Summary

    INTRODUCTION: United States President Ronald Reagan on Tuesday (31 March) was reported recovering well after more than two hours of surgery to remove an attempted assassin's bullet in his left lung.

  • Description

    1.
    GV President Reagan being shot and security guards cover alleged gunman (2 shots)
    0.18

    2.
    GV Injured on foot-path, security men tending them (4 shots)
    0.37

    3.
    SV ZOOM IN TO Brady on ground
    0.43

    4.
    SV Mrs. Reagan entering hospital: Reagan aide on stretcher
    1.01

    5.
    SV Secretary of State Haig speaking to newsmen
    1.30

    6.
    GV Newsmen
    1.33

    7.
    SCU Dr. O'Leary speaking
    1.44

    8.
    GV Newsmen listening
    1.47

    9.
    SV Vice President Bush speaking from White House
    2.26

    10.
    SV Maureen Reagan speaking
    2.58


    SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)



    QUESTION: (SEQ. 5) "Who's making the decisions?"



    HAIG: "Constitutionally, gentlemen, you have the President, the Vice President and the Secretary of State in that order, and should the President decide he wants to transfer the helm to the Vice President he will do so. As of now I am in control here in the White House pending the return of the Vice President and in close touch with him. If something came up I would check with him of course."



    SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)



    O'LEARY: (SEQ 7): "There is no reason to believe he has any impediment of his ability to make decision or what have you. Making decisions is stressful business but I think he's going to be fully up to it."



    SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)



    BUSH: (SEQ 9): "I am deeply heartened by Doctor O'Leary's report on the President's condition. He has emerged from his experience with flying colours and with the most optimistic prospects for a complete recovery. I can reassure this nation and a watching world that the American government is functioning fully and effectively."



    SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)



    MAUREEN REAGAN: (SEQ 10): "I have seen throughout the day the reaction of other members of the family. Mine is fury and rage and anger that in this country this kind of garbage still goes on. And it is not going to happen to this President Really. And I think that the American people have got to become angry about the crime in this country about the ability of people to do this to other human beings and we've got to stop it."





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    TELERECORDING

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: INTRODUCTION: United States President Ronald Reagan on Tuesday (31 March) was reported recovering well after more than two hours of surgery to remove an attempted assassin's bullet in his left lung. The 70-year old President was hit by one of six shots fired by gunman as he left a Washington Hotel on Monday. Three of the president's attendants also were hit. One of them, White House Press Secretary James Brady, remained in serious condition with a head wound, although the other two were recovering.

    SYNOPSIS: President Reagan had just finished making a speech to trade union chiefs in the hotel and was being escorted to his car when the shots rang out. The President stood motionless for a moment and was then bundled unceremoniously into his car. Secret agents immediately covered his departure while police and other agents threw the alleged gunman to the ground.

    Moments after the shooting, three of the President's aides lay on the footpath. Most seriously injured was Press Secretary Brady.

    The President was rushed to George Washington University Hospital where he was joined by Mrs. Reagan minutes later. The wounded aide and security men where also taken there. At the same time, Secretary of State Alexander Haig was assuming control at the White House.

    Hospital spokesman Dr. O'Leary then spoke.

    Vice President Bush hurried back from Texas to the White House.

    Although President Reagan has said in the past he's against tighter gun control laws, his daughter Maureen says it's now time for a change.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA3B6FB04DPHGR41R3PJGSS8GLV
    Media URN:
    VLVA3B6FB04DPHGR41R3PJGSS8GLV
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/03/1981
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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