On JFK anniversary, Obama says he feels safe with Secret Service

BY newsdesk  November 22, 2013 at 5:20 PM EDT


Commuters reading of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, Nov. 22, 1963. Photo by Carl Mydans/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images

With Friday marking 50 years after former President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, President Barack Obama says he doesn’t spend too much time thinking about his own personal safety.

Talking to ABC News’ Barbara Walters, President Obama credited the U.S. Secret Service’s “outstanding job” for his peace of mind.

“[O]bviously, tragedy reshaped the Secret Service in many ways,” the president said, “but they do an outstanding job and it’s thankfully not something I spend a lot of time worrying about.”

Yahoo News profiled the changes the Secret Service went through in the wake of President Kennedy’s assassination, including the agency’s considerable growth. In 1963, there were 350 Secret Service agents and the agency had a budget of $5.5 million. Today, there are 3,500 agents, and the agency’s budget has ballooned to $1.5 billion.