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An unfortunate word choice, which was "I am in charge here."

Well meant at the time of Reagan's shooting because the VP was absent, flying back from somewhere. The appearance in all the chaos and anxiety was that of a void in which no one was present to lead. So Haig, as Secretary of State, actually was in charge (and present), so he stepped up to the press conference microphone and said those words to calm people down.

It was unfortunate because Haig was already seen as being vastly ambitious and overbearing. The press then blasted him pretty hard as intemperate and injudicious with a greedy power grabbing personality.

He was, but by doing the right thing, he drove that nail home.


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