He was the first President who had ever said this, who had essentially told Americans they now had global responsibilities and that they had to start learning foreign languages because they were now competing in a world market.
The next afternoon, President McKinley greeted visitors at a public reception.
He had been warned by his secret service detail that there was the danger of assassination. Anarchists had assassinated several ah, figures ah, in Europe, particularly European royalty, and there had been threats made on McKinley’s life. McKinley would not listen to these warnings and he insisted upon meeting people one by one as they came through the hall at the Buffalo exposition.
A Bach sonata murmured quietly from the reception hall, broken suddenly by two shots. Leon Czolgosz, an anarchist, had fired a revolver concealed by a handkerchief. One bullet deflected harmlessly off a button on the President’s shirt. The second lacerated his stomach. President William McKinley died eight days later. Vice-President Theodore Roosevelt was sworn in.