JFK Thought Secret Service Was Being Over Protective

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By Allan Lengel

A few years before he was assassinated, President John F. Kennedy told an aide that he thought the Secret Service was being over protective, according to an article in Town & Country magazine.

He told his aide after he was elected in 1960 that Secret Service needed to ease up because because “nobody is going to shoot me,” the magazine article said.

The article was written bylost ’60s audio tapes unveiled by Helen O’Donnell, the daughter of the former president’s aide Kenneth O’Donnell, who based the conversation on 1960s audio tapes.

In article also stated that Kennedy was worried about his son John’s fascination with airplanes and was concerned “when he’s old enough and wants to learn to fly.”

O’Donnell also quotes her father as saying:

“John [Jr.] loved helicopters. He would race over and get on a helicopter, and when it was time for us to leave, he refused to get out of it … The poor Secret Service would take John kicking and squabbling off the helicopter or the plane. ”

John Jr., then 38, crashed in the plane he was flying over the Atlantic near Martha’s Vineyard in 1999. His wife Carolyn, 33, and her sister Lauren also died.

The magazine article was cited in the Daily Mail.

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