It was about 2:30 in the afternoon on March 30, 1981 and Reagan was in the back of the presidential limousine rushing from a chaotic scene outside the Washington Hilton hotel. Within half an hour of the shooting doctors discovered President Reagan had indeed been shot and was on his way to surgery. When asked who was running the government a short time later at a White House press conference, Alexander Haig, a four star general and then Secretary of State, made the famously scoffed statement, “I am in control here.”
After President Obama and outgoing Russian President Medvedev “hot mic” comments hit the blogosphere a speculative frenzy erupted. From claims Obama was waiting until after the elections to cave to Russian demands to calls for his impeachment for “selling out” European allies, the political rumor mill shifted into high gear once the private comment became public and have yet to slow down. What is missing from this particular bout of over-speculation is a simple explanation for what the conversation actually meant.