The Reagans at the White House shortly after the Presidents return from
the hospital. Reagan wore a bulletproof vest under his red sweater.
On Saturday, April 11, 1981, President President Ronald Reagan returned to the
White House after being released from the hospital where he was recovering from
an assassination attempt on March 30. He was the first serving U.S. President to
survive being shot in an assassination attempt. Reagan stated that he felt “God
had spared his life so that he might go on to fulfill a greater purpose”.
President Reagan returned to the Oval Office on Saturday, April 25, receiving a
standing ovation from his staff and Cabinet members. He was quoted as saying,
“I should be applauding you”, referring to the teamwork they displayed during his
President Reagan attending his first cabinet meeting after returning to duty
in the Oval Office.