Awesome / Ronald Reagan

  • "Mr. Gorbachev, TEAR. DOWN. THIS. WALL!"
  • Reagan was the second President to be shot while in office and survive. That's already awesome, but the story gets ever better. After being shot by John Hinkley, Reagan still had enough strength to crack jokes as he was being wheeled into surgery.
  • In 1984, Reagan won reelection by a landslide. How big a landslide, you ask? He won 525 electoral votes against Mondale's mere 13, making it the biggest landslide election in American history.
  • His summits with Gorbachev brought a peaceful end to the Cold War when many political experts thought that such a thing was impossible.
  • When he was young, Ronald Reagan worked as a lifeguard at a park in Illinois. During his stint as a lifeguard, he was credited with saving the lives of 77 people.
  • Ronald Reagan once saved a 22 year old nurse from a mugger in 1933. He scared away the mugger by pointing a 1911 pistol at him, saying "Leave her alone or I'll shoot you right between the shoulders". Later, he would tell the woman he saved that the gun was empty.