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  • The worst decision Ronald Reagan ever made

    Ozy - 03/29/2017

    Bush remained acting president until after 7 p.m. that evening while Reagan remained under the effects of the anesthesia and postoperative painkillers. But was that long enough, and did Reagan rush his recovery in a way that could have compromised his presidency in the ensuing days? Robert E. Gilbert, a political scientist at Northeastern University and a leading authority on the mental and physical illnesses of American presidents, has interviewed the key medical personnel surrounding Reagan at the time. He argues that it’s very likely the president was not in a condition to make important decisions at the time. “It is very unfortunate,” Gilbert says, “that Reagan resumed his powers and duties so soon after undergoing this major surgery and while contemplating a likely cancer diagnosis.”

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