Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Mrs. Kennedy and Me

I really enjoyed reading "Mrs. Kennedy and Me" by Clint Hill who was the secret service agent assigned to Mrs. Kennedy while her husband was president and for the months following his death in Dallas.  Mr. Hill traveled the world with her as well as followed her and the children to Palm Beach, Hyannis Port, the White House, and the Virginia horse country.  It was fascinating to learn how the Kennedys lived and what their priorities were.

This is a straight forward memoir with a gentle touch.  It is easy to see that there was mutual admiration and respect between the agent and the first lady, both who were put in an unusual situation with the election of John F. Kennedy as President of the United States.

It was Clint Hill who jumped over the back of the car in Dallas when the gun shots rang out.  I literally sobbed as I remembered and read about that day and how not only I felt but the nation felt as a young president's life was snuffed out.  I was just a fifth grader in a country school in Idaho.  Clint Hill never quite forgave himself for not being able to save the president.  Writing this memoir was part of his healing process and it had to wait until the time was right and Jacqueline was also gone.

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