Mrs. Kennedy and Me: An Intimate Memoir by Clint HillThe #1 New York Times bestselling memoir by Clint Hill that Kirkus Reviews called “clear and honest prose free from salaciousness and gossip,” Jackie Kennedy’s personal Secret Service agent details his very close relationship with the First Lady during the four years leading up to and following President John F. Kennedy’s tragic assassination.
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, as well as for the birth and sudden death of Patrick Bouvier Kennedy on August 8, 1963. Three and a half months later, the unthinkable happened.
Forty-seven years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the one vivid image that never leaves Clint Hill’s mind is that of President Kennedy’s head lying on Mrs. Kennedy’s lap in the back seat of the limousine, his eyes fixed, blood splattered all over the back of the car, Mrs. Kennedy, and Hill as well. Sprawled on the trunk of the car as it sped away from Dealey Plaza, Hill clung to the sides of the car, his feet wedged in so his body was as high as possible.
Clint Hill jumped on the car too late to save the president, but all he knew after that first shot was that if more shots were coming, the bullets had to hit him instead of the First Lady.
Mrs. Kennedy’s strength, class, and dignity over those tragic four days in November 1963 held the country together.
This is the story, told for the first time, of the man who perhaps held her together.
The previously unpublished letters were handed to the Irish Times before they go on sale in June at auction. Mrs Kennedy, who later remarried and became known as Jackie O, met Fr Leonard during a visit to Ireland with her stepbrother in , when she was 21 and he was At the beginning of her marriage to President Kennedy, she told of worries that he might be unfaithful like her father, John Vernou Bouvier. I saw how that nearly killed Mummy. Her premonition proved right and the President gained infamy for a string of alleged affairs with interns, secretaries and reportedly even Marilyn Monroe. But the troubles did not dull her grief after his brutal assassination in Dallas, where she cradled his body in her arms on the way to hospital. Obituaries noticed the quietness of her later life and her near silence on her time as First Lady.
She was Her daughter, Anna Christina Radziwill, confirmed the death, citing natural causes. Kennedy, and Mrs. Radziwill was hardly immune to competitive instincts. Jackie Kennedy had helped create the mystique of the thousand days of Camelot — a woman who had made her new home a place of elegance and culture, who had brought babies into the White House for the first time in the 20th century. Like Jackie, she had cultivated passions for painting, music, dance and poetry. She made several attempts for professional recognition, but achieved only pale reflections of the spotlight on her sister.
She wanted White to write an essay about her husband for Life magazine. His favorite lines were at the end of the record:. With close editing by Jackie Kennedy, the piece set forth the Camelot metaphor, which has defined the Kennedy presidency for four decades. She had realized some very smart women encouraged a court throughout history. Jackie organized her life in the White House according to what interested her, handing off many of the ritual obligations to others and delegating the paperwork to subordinates. The Kennedys gave memorable private dinner dances as well—a half-dozen in less than three years—where waiters carried large trays filled with such exotic mixed drinks as the Cuba libre, a combination of rum, Coca-Cola, and lime juice.
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