Jerry Parr, the Secret Service agent whose quick action saved President Reagan's life after he was shot by John Hinckley in 1981, died Oct. 9 at the age of 85. Here is a tribute I wrote to him in the wake of a Secret Service scandal.
He waved to the small crowd with his right hand, then his left, and seemed to be turning toward me as six quick shots peppered the president and those around him. The smile on Reagan's face disappeared as Parr reached for the president's left shoulder and shoved him forcefully down and toward the open back door of the presidential limousine.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Secret Service agent credited with saving President Ronald Reagan's life on the day he was shot outside
We've had several presidents whose personalities were a primary sell. Think both Roosevelts, Eisenhower, Kennedy and -- Democrats, hold your breath -- Ronald Reagan. If you listen to or read, Rawhide Down: The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan by Del Quentin Wilber, you'll begin to get it.