Secret Service views of Presidents and First Ladies
Here are snippets from a book of “Impressions & Observations” of Secret Service personnel assigned to guard US Presidents/ First Ladies, and Vice Presidents.
JOHN & JACQUELINE KENNEDY : A philanderer of the highest order.. *
*She ordered the kitchen help to save all the left-over wine during
State dinner, which mixed with fresh wine and served again during the
next White House occasion.
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 Kennedy & Johnson
were promiscuous and oversexed men.
She was either naive or just pretended to “not know” about her
husband’s many liaisons.
RICHARD & PAT NIXON: A “moral” man but odd and weird, paranoid, etc. He had horrible relationship with his family, and in a way, was almost a recluse. She was quiet most of the time.
SPIRO AGNEW:** Nice, decent man, everyone in the Secret Service was
surprised about his downfall.
*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!
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 suit cases were always empty; he kept empty ones just for photo op’s. Wanted the 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” nuclear codes. He didn’t think it was a big deal and would keep military aides at a great distance. Often does not acknowledge the presence of Secret Service personnel assigned to serve him.
She mostly did her own thing.
*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 which has circulated among the Secret Service
personnel was an incident 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.
Upon learning that Gary Hart was caught with Donna Rice, Reagan said,
“Boys will be boys, but boys will not be Presidents.” [He obviously
either did not know or forgot JFK's and LBJ's sexcapades!]
*She was very nice but protective of the President; and the
Secret Service was often caught in the middle. She tried hard to
control what the President ate, and he would say to the agent “Come
on, you gotta help me out.”
The Reagans 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 their “family
dinner”. For all the fake bluster of the Carters, the Reagans were the
ones who lived life as genuinely moral people.
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, etc.
One time Barbara Bush brought warm clothes to agents standing outside at Kennebunkport; one agent who was given a warm hat, and when he
tried to nicely say “no thanks” even though he was obviously freezing,
President Bush 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.
BILL & HILLARY CLINTON: **Presidency was one giant party. Not
trustworthy — he was nice because he wanted everyone to like him,
but to him life is just one big game and party. Everyone knows of his
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 one who felt people are there to serve her.
She was always trying to keep tabs on Bill Clinton.
ALBERT GORE: An egotistical ass, who was once overheard by his Secret
Service detail lecturing his only son that he needed to do better in
school or he “would end up like these guys” — pointing to the
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 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.
She was one of the nicest First Ladies, if not the nicest; she never
had any harsh word to say about anyone.
BARACK & MICHELLE OBAMA: ” Clinton all over again” – hates the
military and looks down on the Secret Service. He is egotistical and
cunning; looks you in the eye and appears to agree with you, but turns
around and does the opposite—untrustworthy. He has temper tantrums.
She is a complete bitch, who hates anybody who is not black; hates the
military; and looks at the Secret Service as servants.