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By Clint Hill
Special Agent, United States Secret Service
with Lisa McCubbin
Sunday July 15, 2012
Fellowship Hall of Federated Church
Main Street, Hyannis, MA (directions)
Authors book-signing immediately following at the
JFK Hyannis Museum, Main Street, Hyannis, MA (directions)
In MRS. KENNEDY AND ME (Gallery Books; On-sale: April 3, 2012; Hardcover; $26.00), Clint Hill gives a first hand account of the four years he spent as First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy’s Secret Service Agent.
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 and for the birth and sudden death of Patrick Bouvier Kennedy on August 8, 1963. Three and a half months later, the unthinkable happened.
Clint Hill is the agent who courageously ran onto the back of the presidential limousine in the midst of the shooting on November 22, 1963. While he was too late to save the president, he positioned himself on the back of the car in such a way as to ensure that any remaining shots would hit him instead of the First Lady and the already fatally wounded president.
Hill is best known for the role he played that dreadful day, but the story of his earlier time alongside Jacqueline Kennedy is rich with amusing anecdotes from within the Kennedy compound, abroad in locations like India, Pakistan, Greece, and Italy, at the First Family’s country home in Middleburg, VA, and everywhere else the First Lady traveled during that time. He was there for it all.
Written with award-winning journalist Lisa McCubbin, MRS. KENNEDY AND ME gives context to many of the countless iconic images of Jacqueline Kennedy as Clint Hill was there, behind-the-scenes in most cases. Some of the highlights and revelations from the book involve: a conversation President Kennedy had with Hill regarding Aristotle Onassis prior to a trip to Greece in 1961; Jackie’s attitude towards taking shelter during the Cuban Missile Crisis; JFK’s last birthday party, aboard the U.S.S. Sequoia; and many other never before told stories of funny happenings and tender moments.
An intimate memoir of their unique relationship, MRS. KENNEDY AND ME offers insight into the Jacqueline Kennedy few people knew.