Reagan’s ‘Biggest Secret’ While President Revealed ➠ Video
As if we needed another reason to like Ronald Reagan, who’s often touted as one of the best presidents in history, a new revelation from his tenure as the leader of the free world proves he wasn’t just talk from an empty suit, like some presidents we know.
While doing research for his latest novel, The President’s Shadow, political author Brad Meltzer toured the Secret Service’s headquarters. He learned about past presidents and saw different historical items that were on display, then wrote about it in a piece for the New York Daily News. Among those items was a replica of the gun Lee Harvey Oswald used to assassinate President Kennedy, the pistol used in an attempt on President Ford, and the actual door off of the limousine Reagan was riding in when he was shot.
Meltzer recalled seeing the “eerie keepsake,” but he said that something one of the agents told him during the visit was even more eerie. As they discussed the day Reagan was shot, they told him the biggest secret he had during his presidency – Reagan was always packing heat.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Meltzer recalled. “’It’s true,’ they said. A .38. Reagan used to hide it in his briefcase and take it on Air Force One. Whatever you think of Reagan, you have to admit, he had a black belt in badassery.”
Agreed. According to On the Issues, a political site which claims to be “non-partisan,” a Secret Service agent once noticed Reagan with his pistol while on his 700-acre ranch outside of Santa Barbara, so he asked Reagan what it was for.
“Well, just in case you guys can’t do the job, I can help out,” Reagan replied.
The site also noted that the first time he took a trip as president to the Soviet Union, Reagan had a pistol in his briefcase.
You see, this is the type of president we need – one that has a set and isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty if needed. Currently, we have a limp-wristed pansy occupying the White House, and our nation has never been in worse shape. Granted, the simple act of carrying a gun doesn’t make Reagan any more qualified to be president than anybody else, but it is a greater part of his personality and no-nonsense attitude, which is lacking in our current leadership.