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Uploaded on Mar 30, 2011
In March 1991 an emotional ceremony organized by The George Washington University reunited President Reagan with the university medical team that removed the bullet from his lung and saved his life. In front of a packed Lisner Hall on campus, GWU President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg acknowledged Reagan's achievements and service with the presentation of an honorary degree. Two years out of office, President Reagan endorsed the so-called Brady Bill, legislation that provided more checks for hand gun ownership and was named for his press secretary, James Brady, who had been severely injured and handicapped in the assassination attempt. At the end of the ceremony, the GWU Troubadors sang the Eureka College alma mater for President Reagan and he stood up and joined them, recalling every word.
Video provided courtesy of the Gelman Library Archives, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C. and with support from The Ronald W. Reagan Society of Eureka College, Eureka, Illinois. www.reagan.eureka.edu