JFK told the Secret Service to stay away.
So says a new book, Zero Fail: The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service.
Penned by Washington Post reporter Carol Leonnig and due out Tuesday, the book recounts presidential history from the service’s perspective.
On Nov. 18, 1963, during a campaign trip, President John F. Kennedy told Secret Service supervisor Floyd Boring that agents riding on special boards installed near the trunk of his car should instead tail from a follow-up vehicle, according to the New York Post.
“It’s excessive, Floyd. And it’s giving the wrong impression to people,” Kennedy said. “We’ve got an election coming up. The whole point is for me to be accessible to the people.”
JFK was assassinated four days later — and some agents wondered if that extra car length played a role in the president’s death.
Often, the book’s author recounts, manpower was no such much of an issue as was Kennedy himself, who would often ditch his guards, believing they were not effective.
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“If anyone is crazy enough to want to kill the president of the United States, he can do it,” Kennedy told his spokesperson. “All he must be prepared to do is give his life for the president’s.”