Nation: Lyndon Johnson

Vice President Johnson was riding two cars behind the Kennedys with Lady Bird, Texas Senator Ralph Yarborough and Secret Service Man Rufus Youngblood. "I was startled by the sharp report or explosion," Johnson wrote the Commission, "but I had no time to speculate as to its origin because Agent Youngblood turned in a flash, immediately after the first explosion, hitting me on the shoulder, and shouted to all of us in the back seat to get down. Almost in the same moment in which he hit or pushed me, he vaulted over the back...

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