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Praise for the U.S. Secret Service

On Saturday, March 12, Secret Service agents jumped into action, surrounding presidential candidate Donald Trump, when a man tried to rush the stage.

The agents did their job. Cover the protectee, and evacuate, if necessary. The man was apprehended, the threat was eliminated, and Trump carried on.

Clint Hill noted in a Facebook post that the agents quick reaction was necessary and appropriate. He said, “Great work, guys.”

Hundreds of people “liked” the post and made comments like Camille Kelly who wrote, “Mr. Hill, incidents like this make me realize what a difficult job you had. . . GOD bless you and all the secret agents that make America safe.”

What surprised me were the comments by a small minority who turned this political. One person commented, “Too bad they have to guard this horrible man.” That one comment sparked a litany of responses from people who felt they needed to use Mr. Hill’s Facebook page to air their political views—both strongly for and against Mr. Trump. Some comments were even uglier, with one person saying, “Should of let the protesters get him, all he is is trouble maker.”

The point is, Secret Service agents on all protective details put their own lives on the line not because they endorse one candidate or political party over another, but because that is their job. Their job is not to judge, but to protect.

There’s no doubt our country is divided –perhaps more divided than ever before in recent history—but one thing I am thankful for is that we have brave men and women who put our country above politics, pressure, and even self to protect the freedoms on which our country is based. Thank God for the men and women of the U.S. Secret Service.

5 Comments

  1. Debra Buchanan on March 21, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    God Bless these brave men and women who put their lives on the line for their details. I can tell you, I know an Agent, and this man’s character and lifestyle speak volumes for what a great guy he is. Very proud of the way these Agents were spot on protecting Donald Trump. God Bless them …. these Agents deserve our respect. The public has no idea the sacrifices these men and women make, right along with their families.

  2. Therese Flores on May 7, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    I just finished “Five Days in November” and also read Mrs. Kennedy and Me. I look forward to your next collaboration. I want to thank Mr. Hill for sharing his experiences and I hope it was cathartic in the telling. I was in 3rd grade when JFK was assassinated and I had 4 older sisters that worked in his campaign here in LA. JFK and Jackie were larger than life to us, but I want to thank him for his bravery-what a hero, to lay down your life for another-he tried, and for that America is truly grateful. Thank you for your undying service to America. There aren’t too many men that can say the same.

  3. Richard Sauerheber, Ph.D. on June 23, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    To Clint Hill: I was fortunate to hear you Clint in La Jolla, CA and to shake your hand. Five Presidents is packed with very insightful information. You were so close to LBJ that at times it appears you were essentially a White House staff member. In my Junior Hi class when JFK was killed, my teacher swore he would spend his life getting to the bottom of who killed Kennedy and why. I thought everyone loved the President, so that was a rude awakening for me. I have read most of the books on the assassination, and the recent one Head Shot by the U.S. Navy ballistics expert is noteworthy, providing substantial evidence that the shot to the President’s head was from the right front location by the broad railroad area behind the grassy knoll. A Pearl Harbor survivor also was at Dealey Plaza with his family on the grassy knoll who testified that a bullet whizzed by his ear and hit the President. Finally, a bullet that was blocked by the President’s back brace was reportedly found on the stretcher at Parkland Hospital which matched with the Oswald rifle. I have not yet read Five
    Days in November, but Clint you said that you are convinced there were only 3 shots. Is it possible that two shots could have been fired close enough together that they were not distinguishable by ear? One bullet hit the President’s throat, one hit Gov. Connelly, and one hit the President’s head, so one on the stretcher would be a 4th shot. I hate bothering you Clint but in honor of my teacher, and my admiration for President Kennedy, forces me to ask if you have any ideas for explaining this? If you do not answer, I will understand. And thank you again for your talk.

  4. Donna Bavaro on October 23, 2016 at 11:23 am

    I have read all four books and enjoyed them very much. So I have to ask is there going to be any more after The Five Presidents.

  5. Cecelia Harris on November 1, 2016 at 12:47 am

    I was not their. I read books not sure what to believe I am NOT Judging anyone I find all this a lesson we all must learn from, all people have to make up their own minds.

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