Mrs. Kennedy and MeBook - 2012
In those four years, Hill was by Mrs. Kennedy's side for some of the happiest moments as well as the darkest. He was there for the birth of John, Jr. on November 25, 1960, as well as for the birth and sudden death of Patrick Bouvier Kennedy on August 8, 1963. Three and a half months later, the unthinkable happened.
Forty-seven years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the one vivid image that never leaves Clint Hill's mind is that of President Kennedy's head lying on Mrs. Kennedy's lap in the back seat of the limousine, his eyes fixed, blood splattered all over the back of the car, Mrs. Kennedy, and Hill as well. Sprawled on the trunk of the car as it sped away from Dealey Plaza, Hill clung to the sides of the car, his feet wedged in so his body was as high as possible.
Clint Hill jumped on the car too late to save the president, but all he knew after that first shot was that if more shots were coming, the bullets had to hit him instead of the First Lady.
Mrs. Kennedy's strength, class, and dignity over those tragic four days in November 1963 held the country together.
This is the story, told for the first time, of the man who perhaps held her together.
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I read this a while back but it is a very well-written memoir by a former Secret Service Agent Clint Hill, who was assigned to guard First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. I’m not a huge biography/memoir reader but I do enjoy presidential history and a look behind the scenes of what goes on in the White ... Read More »
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Special Agent Clint Hill was there. You've seen his picture before and not even known he was there. On November 22, 1963 we was sprayed in the President's blood. As the shots rang out, he lept in the open air car to protect the one person he'd been charged to protect--Mrs. Kennedy. In Mrs. Kennedy and Me, Clint Hill recounts his deep friendship with the first lady, his years as her protector, confidant, and even social secretary.
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