While true that it takes millions to elect a president, and only one to remove him, I prefer not to dwell on it overmuch.
How very close FDR came to assasination before inauguration to his first term! What a difference in the Nation's future if Roosevelt had been the murder victim.
It was 1933, Miami Florida. Bayfront Park. The gunman missed his mark. Mayor Cermak of Chicago shot in the gut, the gunman wrestled down before he could inflict more and worse.
A lady i know today was present that outdoor rally. She was 16, was standing on a park bench straining for a view from a hundred paces.
She missed seeing the actual attack; after all, few could possibly -see- and see what what happening in such a blink-of-the-eye instant. Just a pop and suddenly, mass confusion.
My granddad whom I never knew saw more than any of the public! Why? Because as Chief of Gastrointestinal Surgury at Jackson Memorial Hospital, it was his duty to try to save Mayor Cermak's life.
He operated and he failed. Not for lack of trying. Paul Brown was a Chicago boy himself, graduate of Un. of Ill, residency at the old Cook County hospital which today is about to come down.
Cermak lingered long enough for a train car of Chicago gut specialists to rail on down to Miami. But, as in most all presidential assasination attempts, this stricken Mayor was mortally wounded.
No antibiotics in that day. Gut wounds brought massive "blood poisoning" as the average joe termed it.
Cermak died so that FDR might live, it would seem. What would've happened if it were FDR so seriously wounded? Dunno. My granddad was a staunch Republican of the old school. But even though I -know- he loathed FDR, I expect he'd have done his level best. Alas, FDR would've died, too if wounded in the manner of Cermak. The course of National history again altered because, in this case, like in the near killing of Reagan- the insane gunman just slightly missed the target. Regan if shot like that in 1933, would he have survived? I dunno!