U.S. History/John F. Kennedy

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How did his assassination affect the Secret Service's methods for protecting future presidents and maintaining their security? Thank you for you time.

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Sorry for the late reply, I've been out of the country for four days and just returned this evening.

1.  President and Vice President NEVER traveled together after 11/22/63.
2.  President and Vice President NEVER appear in the same parade or motorcade after 11/22/63.  In fact generally the president and vice president are never in the same place at the same time.
3.  Pre-appearance security is MUCH more strict after Kennedy's assassination.  High rise windows are always closed and sealed along any travel routes.  At banquet meals the president's meal is randomly selected from all meals prepared to avoid poisoning ahead time of his meal,
4.  Metal detectors are mandatory for any guests at any and all presidential functions.
5.  Background screening is done for any and all who officially meet the president at any time anywhere.
6.  Presidents do NOT stop and shake hands unannounced when walking from point "A" to point "B".
7.  Freeways and shut down so that ONLY the president's limousine travels along a designated route.
8.  Hospital emergency rooms are on standby with the president's blood type on hand while the president is within close proximity while traveling.

And there you have several examples.

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Any area of American History, EXCEPT military history or economic history, these are not strong points of mine. Areas of particular expertise include the assassination of John F. Kennedy, 19th century women's history, 1950s-1960s popular culture, 1920s, Colonial America, Jacksonian Era, migration west, immigration, ethnic history, presidential decisions, treaties, tariffs, causes and results of wars, and entertainment history since World War II (television, movies, and music.)

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Twenty-five years of teaching Advanced Placement American History, Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in American History, thirty post-graduate hours in American History

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Member of Phi Alpha Theta--The History Honor Society (November 2001), California Teacher's Association

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American History Teaching Credential, Recognized by the University of Chicago as an Outstanding Educator

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