If this isn't an Alexander Haig moment I don't know what is.
Mr. Spencer Collier
For you young ones out there who may not know who Haig is see exerts below of the incident involving President Ronald Reagan and Haig's response.
Mr. Reagan had just collapsed in the emergency room.
The question hanging over the Situation Room was whether all this was a Soviet plot that could lead to war. That very day, a Soviet invasion of Poland seemed a real possibility. And Soviet missile subs were moving in, closer to our coast than usual. Mr. Reagan was headed to surgery and would soon be unconscious.
“While we were there in the hallway,” recalls presidential counselor Ed Meese, “the president was being wheeled from the emergency room to the operating room and he saw the three of us standing there and he said, ‘Who’s minding the store?’”
Over the next few hours, three men would assert control of the Situation Room and U.S. nuclear forces. When it was clear the president was unconscious, Haig famously declared himself in charge.
As Reported By the Decatur Daily