Clint Hill. If you grew up in the 1950-60’s like I did, then you know the name. If you didn’t, well, all you have to do is Google it. People in my generation usually ask the famous question, ‘Where were you when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated?’ The response’s vary because no two people have the same answer. I was just five years old when this tragic event occurred on November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas. I remember seeing footage of a United States Secret Service agent jumping off the running board of a follow-up car, and rushing to the aid of the President. That agent was Clint Hill. Mr. Hill gently pushed Mrs. Kennedy down in the back seat, and then he stretched out his body as a shield to protect them, as he had been trained to do. He stayed in that position all the way to the hospital. He also stayed with Mrs. Kennedy until they arrived back in Washington, D.C. later that evening.
What is interesting is that Clint Hill was assigned to protect Mrs. Kennedy. In fact, he wrote a book, “Mrs. Kenney and Me,” in which he describes all the good times that he had in doing so. As First Lady, Mrs. Kennedy traveled around the world, and sometimes with her husband, and there was Agent Hill not too far from her, wherever she went. Clint describes the Kennedy children, and President Kennedy himself. The President gave Clint Hill some gifts from time to time, and he still has them, and treasures them. Although Clint was probably considered one of the Kennedy family, often spending holidays and vacations with the Kennedys, it is interesting to note that Jackie always called him, Mr. Hill, and he always called her Mrs. Kennedy. Very professional of him. They had a great relationship, and it shows.
Now, Clint Hill has written another book, ” The Five Presidents.” He worked for President’s Eisenhower, Johnson, Kennedy, Nixon, and Ford. The book comes out tomorrow, May 3, 2016.I am looking forward to reading Mr. Hill’s book. He always has some interesting stories, and I am so glad that he took the time to remember them, and to share them with us. Today, Clint Hill is as busy as ever. He is currently on a book tour to promote his new book. I will be reading his book, and will do a book review of it as soon as I can.
Yes, Clint Hill was a man who, if you ask him, was merely doing his job. But, what a fascinating job he had. Protecting the First Family, and traveling around the world. It helps to be in the right place, at the right time!