LBJ Almost Accidently Shot Hours After JFK Assassination

A former Secret Service agent says that he came close to accidentally shooting Lyndon Johnson only hours after President Kennedy had been murdered in Dallas:

NEW YORK (AP) — A former Secret Service agent says in his new book that he nearly shot President Lyndon B. Johnson hours after John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

In “The Kennedy Detail,” Gerald Blaine recalls standing guard outside the Washington home of newly sworn-in President Johnson in the early hours of Nov. 23, 1963.

Blaine heard footsteps approaching. He picked up his submachine gun and, in the darkness, pointed it at the chest of a man who turned out to be Johnson.

Blaine writes that the enormity of what had almost happened left him chilled. He realized that, 14 hours after losing one president, the nation had almost lost another one by is hand.

Had he fired, we likely would’ve ended up with President John William McCormack.

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