Saturday, May 23, 2015

Kessler

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Byter Charles D sent me an email with comments from Ronald Kessler’s new book In the President’s Secret Service: Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect.

By way of background, Ronald Kessler is a 72 year old American journalist and author of 20 non-fiction books about the U.S. Secret Service, FBI, and CIA. Seven of his books have appeared on the New York Times Best Seller list. Depending on your outlook, he is a sloppy journalist who doesn’t check his facts enough; a lazy writer who recycles parts of his other books word for word; an outstanding journalist with considerable access to security personnel for behind the scenes scoops and intel, or just an entertaining read.


Here from Kessler’s new book are some of the comments about the Presidents served by the Secret Service.

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JOHN & JACQUELINE KENNEDY
“A philanderer of the highest order.”
“She ordered the kitchen help to save all the left-over wine from State dinners, mixed it with fresh wine and served again during the next White House occasion.”

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LYNDON & LADYBIRD JOHNSON
“Another philanderer of the highest order. In addition, LBJ was as crude as the day is long. Both JFK and LBJ kept a lot of women in the White House for extramarital affairs and both had set up early warning systems to alert them if/when their wives were nearby. Both were promiscuous and oversexed men.”
“She was either naive or just pretended to not know about her husband's many liaisons.”

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RICHARD & PAT NIXON
“A ‘moral’ man but very odd, weird, paranoid. He had a horrible relationship with his family and was almost a recluse.”
“She was quiet most of the time.”

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SPIRO AGNEW
“Nice, decent man. Everyone in the Secret Service was surprised by his downfall.”

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GERALD & BETTY FORD
“A true gentlemen who treated the Secret Service with respect and dignity. He had a great sense of humor.”
“She drank a lot and went into Rehab!”

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JIMMY & ROSALYN CARTER
“A complete phony who would portray one picture of himself to public and very different in private e.g. would be shown carrying his own luggage but the suitcases were always empty. He kept empty ones just for photo ops. He wanted people to see him as pious and a non-drinker but he and his family drank alcohol a lot! He had disdain for the Secret Service and was very irresponsible with the 'football' with nuclear codes. He didn't think it was a big deal and would keep military aides at a great distance. Often did not acknowledge the presence of Secret Service personnel assigned to serve him.”
“She mostly did her own thing.”

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RONALD & NANCY REAGAN
“The real deal, moral, honest, respectful and dignified. They treated Secret Service and everyone else with respect and honor, thanked everyone all the time. He took the time to know everyone on a personal level. One favorite story was early in his Presidency when he came out of his room with a pistol tucked on his hip. The agent in charge asked: ‘Why the pistol, Mr. President?’ He replied, ‘In case you boys can't get the job done, I can help.’ It was common for him to carry a pistol. When he met with Gorbachev, he had a pistol in his briefcase.
“She was very nice but very protective of the President and the Secret Service was often caught in the middle. She tried hard to control what he ate. He would say to the agent, ‘Come on, you gotta help me out.’ The Reagan's drank wine during State dinners and special occasions only otherwise they shunned alcohol. The Secret Service could count on one hand the times they were served wine during family dinner. For all the fake bluster of the Carters, the [Reagans] were the ones who lived life as genuinely moral people.”

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GEORGE H. & BARBARA BUSH
“Extremely kind and considerate, always respectful. Took great care in making sure the agents' comforts were taken care of. They even brought them meals. One time she brought warm clothes to agents standing outside at Kennebunkport. One was given a warm hat and, when he tried to say ‘no thanks’ even though he was obviously freezing, the President said ‘Son, don't argue with the First Lady. Put the hat on.’ He was the most prompt of the Presidents. He ran the White House like a well-oiled machine.”
“She ruled the house and spoke her mind.”

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BILL & HILLARY CLINTON
“Presidency was one giant party. Not trustworthy. He was nice mainly because he wanted everyone to like him but to him life is just one big game and party. Everyone knows about his sexuality.”
“She is another phony. Her personality would change the instant cameras were near. She hated, with open disdain the military and Secret Service. She was another who felt people were there to serve her. She was always trying to keep tabs on Bill Clinton.”

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ALBERT GORE
“An egotistical ass who was once overheard by his Secret Service detail lecturing his son that he needed to do better in school or he would end up like these guys, pointing to the agents.”

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GEORGE W. & LAURA BUSH
“The Secret Service loved him and Laura Bush. He was also the most physically in shape who had a very strict workout regimen. The Bushes made sure their entire administrative and household staff understood that they were to respect and be considerate of the Secret Service.”
“She was one of the nicest First Ladies, if not the nicest. She never had any harsh word to say about anyone.”

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BARACK & MICHELLE OBAMA
“Clinton all over again - hates the military and looks down on the Secret Service. He is egotistical and cunning. He looks you in the eye and appears to agree with you but turns around and does the opposite. He has temper tantrums.”
“She is a complete bitch who basically hates anybody who is not black, hates the military and looks at the Secret Service as servants.”

A TRUE STORY ABOUT General McChrystal's resignation in Obama's office from General McChrystal's book NEVER STAND IN LINE AGAIN”:

Some men carry and handle their diplomacy better than others. When former U.S. Military commander in Afghanistan, General McChrystal, was called into the Oval Office by Barack Obama, he knew things weren't going to go well when the President accused him of not supporting him in his political role as President.
"It's not my job to support you as a politician, Mr. President, it's my job to support you as Commander-in-Chief," McChrystal replied, and he handed Obama his resignation.

Not satisfied with accepting McChrystal's resignation, the President made a cheap parting shot. "I bet when I die you'll be happy to pee on my grave."

The General saluted and said, "Mr. President, I always told myself after leaving the Army I'd never stand in line again."


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