On March 30th 1981, President Ronald Reagan, code-named ”Rawhide" had just delivered a lunch-time speech at the Washington Hilton Hotel. While exiting the hotel, the President was fired upon by John Hinckley, Jr. and suffered a gunshot wound.
Tonight, the Newseum marked the event by bringing together two of the men involved in saving President Reagan's life, Secret Service Agent Jerry Parr and George Washington University Hospital surgeon Dr. Joseph Giordano.
Award-winning reporter for The Washington Post and author of the new book titled “Rawhide Down”, Del Quentin Wilber, also joined the discussion as they recounted the minute by minute details of the assassination attempt 30 years ago.
Wilber's book depicts the events of the attempted assassination, the responses made by the Reagan White House and Secret Service, the President’s injury, as well as the accounts of the surgeons who operated on President Reagan. The book includes interviews with Parr and Giordano, along with other key players.
The program was moderated by PBS NewsHour senior correspondent Judy Woodruff, who was Chief White House Correspondent for NBC News at the time of the assassination attempt.