I was reading the Wikipedia article on the 25th Amendment when I came across this confusing paragraph (I bolded the sections of interest):
Fielding and White House Chief of Staff Donald Regan recommended that Reagan transfer power and two letters doing so were drafted: the first letter specifically invoked Section 3 of the Twenty-fifth Amendment; the second only mentioned that Reagan was mindful of this provision. At 10:32 a.m. on July 13, Reagan signed the second letter and ordered its delivery to the appropriate officers as required under the amendment. Vice President George H. W. Bush was Acting President from 11:28 a.m. until 7:22 p.m., when Reagan transmitted a second letter to resume the powers and duties of the office. It is the longest "term" as Acting President and makes George H.W. Bush the person to serve as Acting President for the longest cumulative time.
- Is that the second or the third letter? A "second" letter was already ordered at 10:32 a.m. to be delivered, so how could this "second" letter be transmitted at 7:22 p.m.? Are they talking about the same letter?
- Is that really the longest term of an Acting President? What happened, when, say, Lincoln was assassinated?