The Situation Room, located in the ground floor of the West Wing of The White House, was created in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy after the failed Bay of Pigs invasion was attributed to a lack of real-time information. After the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan, his staff officials congregated here to keep up to date on the situation and to manage the harrowing crisis.
George Bush served as the 43rd Vice President of The United States, and later as the 41st President of The United States. After John Hinckley’s attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan, Bush, second in command by the presidential line of succession, was in Dallas, Texas, and flew back to Washington immediately. Reagan’s cabinet convened in the White House Situation Room, where they discussed various issues, including the availability of the nuclear football. When Bush’s plane landed, his aides advised him to proceed directly to the White House by helicopter, as an image of the government still functioning despite the attack. Bush rejected the idea, responding, “Only the President lands on the South Lawn.”
Richard V. Allen
Richard V. Allen was the United States National Security Advisor to President Ronald Reagan until January 1982. He served as a senior staff member of President Nixon’s National Security Council in 1968 and served various Republican administrations up to and including that of President Reagan.
A United States Army general, Haig served as the United States Secretary of State under President Ronald Reagan and White House Chief of Staff under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. He also served as Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, the second-highest ranking officer in the Army, and as Supreme Allied Commander Europe commanding all U.S. and NATO forces in Europe.
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