In 1961 John Fitzgerald Kennedy would be sworn in as the 35th President of the United States. He was a young, Catholic, democrat. Needless to say, many people were wary of whether or not his religion would influence his decision or if he would become an advocate for Catholic beliefs. Unlike many of the past Presidents, the first lady will play a major role for the duration Kennedy was President. Being the leader of the United States was very important and many precautions were required to keep the first family safe. The secret service is in charge of making sure the President and his family are safe. Clint Hill, a Secret Service agent on President Eisenhower’s detail, continues his service, this time assigned to the first lady, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. Hill devotes his life to his job and although he was only with the Kennedy family for a short time, he exhibited a great deal of loyalty to Mrs. Kennedy especially. I think he was not only a good Secret Service agent, but a good person with a compassionate heart. He always made sure to please the First Lady and make sure that she was never restricted, but she was able to do what she wanted to. He had a big impact on the way that Mrs. Kennedy handled being in the spotlight. After meeting Mrs. Kennedy, constantly traveling with her, and watching her handle the assassination of her husband, Hill can be described as a loyal protector.
Clint Hill was on President’s Eisenhower’s detail prior to being assigned to Mrs. Kennedy. Hill was very honored to have had the opportunity to serve the President of the United States and was worried whether or not he would continue to serve on the White House Secret Service detail. Hill was eventually assigned to protect Mrs. Kennedy, not the Preside…
… Kennedy never broke their formal attitude towards each other, Hill was one of few that Mrs. Kennedy deeply trusted. It is best explained by Hill himself with this quote, “We had been through so much together, Mrs. Kennedy and me. More than anyone can imagine. More than anyone can ever know” (Hill and McCubbin 336). Hill remained on her security detail for one year following JFK’s assassination. There seemed to be a mutual respect and admiration between the two of them. Hill understood Mrs. Kennedy and easily followed her spur-of-the-moment scheduling, when many other agents struggled to deal with the spontaneity of the First Lady. There will never be another Jackie Kennedy and no Secret Service agent will be as devoted and loyal to the Kennedy family as Clint Hill was.Work Cited
Hill, Clint, and Lisa McCubbin. Mrs. Kennedy and Me. New York: Gallery, 2012. Print.