On March 30, 1981, United States President Ronald Reagan was shot and wounded by John Hinckley Jr. in Washington, D.C. as he was returning to his limousine after a speaking engagement at the Washington Hilton Hotel. Hinckley believed the attack would impress actress Jodie Foster, with whom he had become obsessed.
Taken into surgery where the room was filled with anxious doctors,
Reagan whispered to the lead surgeon Joseph Giordano
"Please tell me you're Republicans."
Giordano, an avowed Democrat, answered,
"Today, Mr. President, we're all Republicans."