This rumor appears to have
been generated from excerpts of a book by Ronald Kessler called In
The President's Secret Service, which was published in 2009.
In it, Kessler interviews retired or former Secret Service agents who
protected various U.S. Presidents. Kessler also interviewed White
House staff members. Generally, it is a policy of the Secret Service
that agents not disclose the private lives of the First Family while
they are occupying the Executive Mansion.
Some of the allegations in this eRumor are
accurate, according to Kessler's book and some are not.
Let's take a look at each one:
Lancer, John Kennedy was a philanderer of the highest order.
Jacqueline Kennedy ordered the kitchen help to save all the left-over
food and wine for the next White House occasion-Truth!
An agent interviewed in Kessler's book
said that while assigned to guard President Kennedy agents realized that
he led a double life. The charismatic leader was "a cheating,
reckless husband whose aides snuck women into the White House to appease
his sexual appetite." There was no mention of Jackie Kennedy
saving leftovers for the next occasion.
Lyndon Johnson (LBJ) was another
philanderer of the highest order. He was also crude as the day is long.
Ladybird Johnson was either naive or pretended to "not know" of her
husband's many liaisons-Truth!
One agent assigned to protect him who
was interviewed in Kessler's book said that Johnson, codenamed
Volunteer, was "uncouth, nasty and
often drunk." The agent said that after being caught by his wife
having sex with a secretary in the Oval Office Johnson ordered the
Secret Service to install a buzzer to warn him. The
agent said that Mrs. Johnson was well aware of what was going on.
Richard Nixon was a moral man but very paranoid, odd and weird.. He
had a horrible relationship with his family, and in a way, he was almost a
recluse. Pat Nixon was quiet most of the time-Truth!
An agent assigned to protect the Nixon's said that the President,
codenamed Searchlight, "seemed
to have no relationship with his wife, Pat," and she "was an
alcoholic who tippled martinis." When the Nixon's were in San
Clemente, Ca the family went out to play a nine hole golf game and an
agent said that during the entire hour and a half game the
President did not say one word to his wife and daughters.
Spiro Agnew was a
nice, decent man and everyone in the Secret Service was surprised about
Agents assigned to protect
Agnew were interviewed and said that although he came across as a
champion of family values the Vice President "was having affairs while
in office." A detail of Secret Service agents once
clandestinely took Agnew to a room on the fourth floor of Washington's
Regis Hotel and left him there unguarded for three hours, at the request
of the Vice President. A former agent said, "Leaving him in an
unsecured location was a breach of security. As agents, it was
embarrassing because we were facilitating his adultery. We
felt like pimps."
Gerald Ford was a true gentlemen who
treated the Secret Service with respect and dignity. He had a great
sense of humor. Betty Ford drank a lot-
Agents found President Ford,
Codenamed Passkey, to
be a "decent man who valued their service." Although he was
portrayed by Saturday Night Live comedian Chevy Chase to be a stumbling,
bumbling buffoon, agents say Gerald Ford was quite athletic and
enjoyed skiing. Ford often taunted agents to keep up with him on
the slopes. After failing to keep up with the President the Secret
Service recruited a world class skier who would ski backwards in front
of the President and "wave as the President tried to catch up with him."
Betty Ford did suffer from alcoholism but eventually found sobriety and
in 1982 founded the Betty Ford Center, which has aided over 90,000
people with a network of treatment centers for alcohol and chemical
Jimmy Carter was a complete phony who had disdain for the Secret
Service, and was very irresponsible with the "football" nuclear codes-
Kessler interviewed agents
assigned to Jimmy Carter, codenamed Deacon, who described Carter
as a "moody and mistrustful" person who distanced himself from the
agents who were sworn to protect him and his family. Agents were
instructed not to speak to President Carter unless he spoke to them
first. A former agent said that President Carter "tried to project
the image of himself as a man of the people by carrying his own luggage
when travelling. When he was running for President, Carter would carry
his own bags while the press was in sight but once in private he would
ask the Secret Service to carry his luggage. An agent said
that when the Carters were staying at the President's home in Plains,
Georgia, the "nuclear football," the device that the President uses to
launch antiballistic missiles to protect the U.S. from a foreign
launched nuclear attack was not permitted on the grounds of the Carter
home. The "football" allows the President to launch counter
measures within five minutes of a notification of a nuclear strike. It
was kept with an agent in a military trailer in the neighboring town,
Americus, which was fifteen minutes away.
mostly did her own thing-
Although not much is written
in Kessler's book about Rosalyn Carter, other than she enjoyed
a screwdriver before church on Sunday in a White House where the Carters
had requested the removal of alcoholic beverages, there is no indication
that she did her own thing.
Ronald Reagan was
moral, honest, respectful, and dignified. The Reagan's treated Secret
Service and everyone else with respect and honor. Nancy Reagan was very
nice but very protective of the President-
Ronald Reagan's codename was
Rawhide and according to Kessler's book he treated the Secret
Service agents, the Air Force One Crew and the staff of maids and
butlers at the White House with respect. President Reagan was
known to carry a fire arm and told a former agent that it was "just in
case you guys can't do your job, I can help out." A former
agent told Kessler that when Reagan travelled on his first presidential
trip to the Soviet Union he had packed a gun in his briefcase.
A former staff member told Kessler that "Reagan was famous for firing up
Air Force jets on behalf of children who needed transport for kidney
Kessler wrote that Nancy Reagan was very protective of her husband,
oversaw his diet and all visits from the children of the President had
to be cleared by her first.
George H. Bush was
extremely kind, considerate and always respectful towards Secret Service
agents. They took great care in making sure the agents' comforts
were taken care of and even brought them meals. Barbara Bush once
gave a warm hat to a Secret Service agent while he was protecting the
Bush's at their Kennebunkport home in Maine -
A former agent told Kessler
that the Bush's were very considerate of the agents sworn to protect
them. The hat incident occurred while Mr. Bush was Vice
Bill Clinton's term in office was one
giant party, he was not trustworthy, adulterous and was only nice
because he wanted everyone to like him. Hillary Clinton was
another phony whose personality would change the instant cameras were
near. She hated with open disdain the military and Secret Service.
A former agent told Kessler that William
Jefferson Clinton, codename Eagle, was habitually one to two hours late
for so many events that the agents assigned to protect him dubbed his
tardiness "Clinton Standard Time." Clinton was caught in an
adulterous affair with Monica Lewinsky and the Clintons, as well as many
of the staff that they brought with them to the White House considered
the military as "people who couldn't get jobs." A former
assistant pastry chef told Kessler that Hillary Clinton did not approve
of maintenance work being done in the White House while they were
present. An agent assigned to protect her said that when she was
in front of the press she "turns it on, and when the lights are off and
she's away from the lights, she's a totally different person." The
agent also said that she was sarcastic and angry at her staff and yelled
Albert Gore was 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"-
Kessler wrote that every agent assigned
to protect the Vice President heard the famous reprimand to Al Gore III.
Gore, codenamed Sundance, told his son, "If you don't straighten up, you won't get into the
right schools, and if you don't get into the right schools, you could
end up like these guys." As Gore said this he motioned to
George and Laura Bush were loved by the Secret Service. The President
was also the most physically "in shape" and 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.
Laura Bush was one of the nicest First Ladies, if not the nicest; she
never had any harsh word to say about anyone-
Agents told Kessler that they
"were always amazed at the difference between Bush in person and the way
he came across at press conferences." An agent assigned to
George W. Bush, codenamed Trailblazer , said that although he seemed awkward in front of the microphone
that he was "funny as hell," and had an incredible sense of humor.
The agents loved to run with Bush and the Secret Service assigned its
best runners to keep up with him. Bad knees eventually caused
President Bush to switch to a bicycle. An agent told Kessler that
Laura Bush had "the undying admiration of almost every agent," and that he had
heard anything negative about her.
Barack and Michelle
Obama look down on the Secret Service and hate the military. He
is egotistical, cunning and untrustworthy and has temper tantrums.
Michelle is a complete bitch, who hates anybody who is not black; hates
the military; and looks at the Secret Service as servants-
According to Kessler's book,
agents said that are treated with respect by both Barack Obama, codename
Renegade, and First Lady Michelle, whose codename is Renaissance. They
also said that agents were twice invited "to dinner, including a party
for a relative, both at his home." The agent also said that
Michelle insisted that agents call her by her first name.
There was no
mention in the book of how the Obama's felt about the military.
Interesting opinions of our Presidents
from members of the Secret Service.
Secret Service views of Presidents and
First Ladies *Here are snippets from a book of "Impressions &
Observations" of Secret Service personnel assigned to guard U.S.
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 pretended to
"not know" of her husband's many liaisons. *
*RICHARD & PAT NIXON ** *
*A "moral" man but very 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 very 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
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 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 one who
felt people are there to serve her. She always tried 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 agents.*
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.*