Franco Nuschese hosted one of the most memorable people in modern history at his Georgetown restaurant, Cafe Milano, on Sunday, November 24, 2013. Clint Hill is the Secret Service agent, assigned to Jacquie Kennedy, who jumped on the back of President Kennedy’s car when he was shot in Dallas on November 22nd, 1963. Franco Nuschese introduced Mr. Hill and co-author Lisa McCubbin, to talk about the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of President John Kennedy and their new book, Five Days in November.
The flood of stories on the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination dropped off dramatically this weekend, after nonstop coverage of the death and its aftermath. But for Clint Hill, the story never really goes away.
Hill was the Secret Service agent – famously caught in every image of those fatal moments in Dallas – who crawled onto the back of the presidential limousine after the shots rang out. It was the defining event of his life, replayed over and over for the past five decades.
Hill, 81, revisits the tragedy in “Five Days in November,” a memoir co-authored with Lisa McCubbin. The two headlined a private brunch Sunday at Georgetown’s Cafe Milano, where Hill discussed his accidential role in history for a small group of VIPs including journalists Jim Lehrer and Wolf Blitzer, White House Social Secretary Jeremy Bernard and Hill’s friends and former colleagues. “He has the eyes,” said Cafe Milano owner Franco Nuschese, “that tell a long story.”