Secret Service Releases Audio of Reagan Shooting

'Rawhide is OK, follow-up. Rawhide is OK.'
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 11, 2011 3:05 PM CST
Secret Service Releases Audio of Ronald Reagan Assassination Attempt in 1981
In this March 30, 1981 file photo, President Reagan waves, then looks up before being shoved into the presidential limousine by Secret Service agents after being shot outside a Washington hotel.   (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

Fascinating listening for history buffs: The Secret Service has released a recording of communication among agents immediately after the assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan in 1981. As Marc Ambinder of the National Journal explains, it shows how agents initially declared that "Rawhide is OK," using Reagan's Secret Service nickname. Later, after an agent sees the president coughing up blood, the limo is redirected from the White House ("Crown") to George Washington Medical Center. "Fast." To hear the audio, go to National Journal. (More Ronald Reagan stories.)

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