Secret Service Perspective of recent US Presidents

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Secret Service Perspective of recent US Presidents

- from a book by Ronald Kessler, former reporter for the Washington Post.



How our Secret Service experienced our recent presidents and their wives.

It reveals an awful lot about the presidents and Vice Presidents ... very interesting recap thus far:

JFK and LBJ = Philanderers of the highest order. Both kept a lot of women in White House for affairs. Both set up "early warning" systems for if and when their wives were nearby. Total immoral men. In addition, LBJ was as crude as the day is long.

Nixon = Weird, moral man but very odd and weird. Paranoid etc. horrible relationship with his family, almost a recluse.

Agnew = Nice, decent man, everyone was surprised at his downfall.

Ford = A true gentlemen who treated them with respect and dignity

Jimmy Carter = A complete phony who would portray one picture of himself to public and very different in private. I.E. Would be shown carrying his own luggage, suit cases were always empty, he kept empty ones just for photo ops. Wanted the people to see him as pious and a non drinker, he and family drank alcohol a lot. Had disdain for the Secret Service, and was very irresponsible with the "football" nuclear codes. Didn't think it was a big deal and would keep military aides at a great distance. Would never acknowledge military or Secret service they were there to serve him.

Ronald Reagan = The real deal. Moral, Honest, respectful and dignified.
Treated Secret Service and everyone else with respect and honor. Would always thank everyone all the time. He took the time to know everyone on a personal level. One story was early on in Presidency the President came out of his room with a side arm attached to his hip. The Agent in charge said "Why the pistol Mr. President." Ronald Reagan replied, "In case you boys can't get the job done, I can help." It was common for him to carry a pistol. People do not know that when he met with Gorbachev, he had a pistol in his briefcase. Upon learning that Gary Hart was caught with Donna Rice during the election Ronald Reagan said, "Boys will be boys, but boys will not be President"

Nancy Reagan = Very nice but very protective of the President ... the Secret Service was always caught in the middle. Nancy would try to control what the President ate all the time (healthy) and he would say to the Agents "come on you gotta help me out." The Reagans rarely drank alcohol. Secret Service said they could count on one hand the times the Reagans were served alcohol other than wine during dinner. They made the comment for all the fake bluster of the Carters it was the Reagans who lived life as genuinely moral people.

George and Barbara Bush = Extremely kind and considerate. Always respectful.
Took great care in making sure the agents comforts were taken care of. They would bring them meals etc. One time Barbara Bush brought warm clothes to agents standing outside at Kennebunkport . One agent who was given a warm hat tried to nicely say no thanks when he was obviously freezing and President
Bush said "Son, don't argue with the first lady, put the hat on."

Bill Clinton = Presidency was one giant party. Not trustworthy, he was nice because he wanted everyone to like him but life is just one big game and party to him

Hillary Clinton = Another phony. Personality would change the instant cameras were near. She hated with open disdain the military and Secret Service. Again another one who felt people are there to serve her. She was always trying to keep tabs on Bill Clinton ..

Al Gore = An egotistical *** who was once overheard by his Secret Service detail when he told his son he needed to do better in school or he "would end up like these guys" and pointed to the agents.

G W Bush = They loved him and Laura Bush. They said no one is a nicer person than Laura Bush who never has a harsh word to say about anyone. The Bush's went out of their way to take care of the Secret Service and made sure they were well cared for with meals and other comforts. GW was the most prompt of the Presidents. He ran like a well oiled machine. He was also the most in shape who had a very strict workout regimen. The Bush's made sure their
entire administration understood to respect and be considerate of the Secret Service. Karl Rove was the one who was the most caring of the Secret Service in the administration

Barack Obama - Clintons over again - hates the military and looks down on the Secret Service. Michele another Al Gore - An egotistical ash.
 
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My ex Son in Law served as a flight mechanic on Marine 1 during Bush Senior's Presidency.. He says pretty much exactly the same about him.. Says it was a pleasure to serve under him..and the military had great respect for him.. He and most of the rest of the crew(s) resigned when The Clinton Family Circus showed up...
 
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It was a good book, about a day and a half to read it. A lot of the book is a platform to rail against the Secret Service and how it's mismanaged, and it got a bit long in the tooth, but overall an entertaining read.
 
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Very similar to what I heard in an interview with someone a few years ago. I remember the guy saying LBJ used to get drunk and tear around his ranch in his Cadillac (or Lincoln?). When he got out to take a p it didn't matter to him that he was p'ing on the agent's shoe or pants leg. "Son, that is what you are here for."
 
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Pretty much mirrors my conversations with secret service agents during the first Bush and Clinton administrations. Read Colin Powell's autobiography, he details the (mis)treatment of military personel in the White House under Clinton.
 
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