By the beginning of April 1968 the presidential campaign was taking twists and turns no one could have predicted. After winning the 1964 election in a landslide, President Lyndon B. Johnson had shocked the nation in a speech on March 31 by announcing he would not seek reelection. Two weeks before that, Senator Robert F. Kennedy had thrown his hat into the ring.
One of my favorite things about writing with Secret Service agent Clint Hill is going through the piles of photos he has in his personal collection. Every photo tells a story and when Clint Hill sits right beside me, pointing out details I might not have noticed, it allows me enormous insight into the challenges the Secret Service faces in varying scenarios. For instance, forty-nine years ago this week, Clint Hill traveled to Guam with President Lyndon B. Johnson.