Former Secret Service Agent Shares Portrait of Camelot's First Lady

Apr 19, 2012

Fifty years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the secret service agent assigned to Jacqueline Kennedy from 1960 to 1964 has written a book about the First Lady he knew.

Thursday at the Sixth Floor Museum, former Secret Service Agent Clint Hill shared memories of the tragedy that bonded him with Mrs. Kennedy. But he spoke more about Kennedy herself, describing an intelligent woman and devoted mother who left her mark on the nation.

Hill: When you look at Air Force One today and see that paint job, that’s Mrs. Kennedy. Back in 1961, when they took office, that aircraft had an orange tail and an orange nose. And she got a hold of somebody, a designer or something, and they came up with this plan to change the color of the aircraft.

Hill was in Dallas for a signing of his book, “Mrs. Kennedy and Me.”