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Like many of you, one of my New Year’s Resolutions is to read more books. One of the books on my list is from the Santa Luz Literary Luncheon – “Five Presidents: My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford” by Clint Hill.
Mr. Hill is a New York Times bestselling author who was the Secret Service agent that climbed onto President Kennedy’s car as soon as he heard gunshots and tried to shield the President and First Lady from harm. No big surprise, that day has haunted him throughout his life and writing books about his experiences has helped him heal somewhat.
“From my unique vantage point, I had the rare opportunity to observe the human side of these men – the most powerful men in the world – as each dealt with the enormous responsibilities and unforeseen challenges thrust upon them, and how their individual characters and personalities affected grave decisions.” – Clint Hill
Mr. Hill told us stories about his 17 years in the Secret Service while photos from his life flashed on a screen behind him. His first assignment was guarding the home of President Eisenhower’s mother in law. He quickly moved up to protecting the President and held that post until he retired at age 43 when he failed a physical and realized that he could no longer handle the physical and mental requirements of his job.
“Like the five presidents I served, there were many things that influenced the decisions I made, the actions I took, the man I became. It has indeed been an extraordinary journey.” – Clint Hill
As you can imagine, Mr. Hill had some incredible stories and I think what impressed me most was his age. At 85 years young, he was one of the most engaging and articulate speakers I have had the pleasure to meet. I was absolutely mesmerized by Mr. Hill and all that he had to say; he played a big part in some of our country’s most iconic moments and I am grateful that he is willing to share his inside view with all of us.
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