There Are No Dumb Questions

From “The Magazine Life,” a column written in 1985  by John Mack Carter, director of magazine development at Hearst:

The favorite investigative reporter of Jack Limpert, editor of the Washingtonian, is John Pekkanen.

In doing a story on emergency care in Washington, Pekkanen got to the surgeon who had operated on President Reagan after the assassination attempt.

The “dumb” question he asked the surgeon was this:

“Why did you remove the bullet from the President’s chest?”

The surgeon answered:

“There wasn’t really any medical reason to remove the bullet, but I thought to myself, if I sew the President up and leave the bullet in there, what the hell is the press going to say?”



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