A Secret Servie agent's impressions of the Bushes versus the Clintons-Unproven!
Secret Service Impressions of the Clintons and the Bushes–Unproven!
Summary of eRumor:
The email says it’s the observations of a “Secret Service Officer” who guards presidents.
It is critical of the Clintons and complimentary of the Bushes.
There is no substantiation of this email.
The Secret Service agent is quoted anonymously, is called an “officer” instead of the proper title of agent, and the comments are suspiciously blanketly approving of the Bushes and disapproving of the Clintons during an election year when Bush is running for reelection.
Last updated 7/24/04
A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:
This is from a former Secret Service Officer who
was detailed to guard the Presidents and his family.
SECRET SERVICE OPINIONS WHAT WAS, COULD HAVE
BEEN, AND WHAT IS
Hillary Clinton was arrogant and orally abusive to
her security detail. She forbade her daughter, Chelsea,
from exchanging pleasantries with them.
Sometimes Chelsea, miffed at her mothers obvious
conceit and mean spiritedness ignored her demands and
exchanged pleasantries regardless, but
never in her mother presence.
Chelsea really was a nice, kind hearted, and
lovely young lady. The consensus opinion was that
Chelsea loved her mom but did not like her.
Hillary Clinton was constituently rude and abrasive
to those who were charged to protect her life.
Her security detail dutifully did their job, as professionals
should, but they all “loathed ” her and wanted to be on a
different detail. She was hard work because she was
so nasty and mean toward her detail. Hillary Clinton was
uniformly despised by the secret service as a whole.
Former president Bill Clinton was much more amiable
than his wife Hillary.
Often the secret service would cringe at the verbal
attack antics that Hillary would use against her husband,
the then president. They were embarrassed for his sake by
the manner and frequency in which she verbally insulted him,
sometimes in the presence of the
secret service, and sometimes behind closed doors.
Even behind closed door Hillary Clinton would scream
and holler so loudly that everyone could hear what
she was saying. Many felt sorry for President Clinton and
most wondered why he tolerated it instead of just divorcing his
“attack dog” wife. It was crystal clear that
the Clinton’s neither liked or respected each other
and this was true long before the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
Theirs was genuinely a “marriage of convenience.”
Chelsea was much closer to her father than her
mother, even after the Lewinsky scandal which hurt her gravely.
Bill Clinton did in fact have “charisma,” and occasionally would
smile at or shake hands with his security detail.
Still, he always displayed an obvious air of superiority towards
them. His security detail uniformly believed him to
be disingenuous, false, and that he did nothing without a motive that in
some way would enhance his image and political career. They did respect
him, unlike his wife, but they did not particularly like him and nobody
trusted him. He was polite, but not kind.
What could have been:
Al Gore was the male version of Hillary Clinton.
They were more friendly toward each other than either of them
were towards former President Clinton.
They were not intimate, so please don’t read that in.
They were very close in a political way. Tipper Gore was generally
nice and pleasant. She initially liked Hillary but soon after the election
she had her pegged and no longer liked her or associated with her
except for events that were politically obligatory.
Al Gore was far more left wing and very hateful, not
just politically opposed, to Republicans than Bill Clinton. Al Gore
resented Bill Clinton and thought he was to centrist. He despised all
republicans. His hatred was bitter and this was long before he
announced for the presidency. This bitter hatred was something
that he and Hillary had very much in common.
They often said as much, even in the presence of
their security detail. Neither of them trusted Bill Clinton and,
the secret service opined, neither of them even liked Bill Clinton.
Bill Clinton did have some good qualities where Al Gore and Hillary
had none in the view of their security details.
AL Gore, like Hillary, was very rude and arrogant
toward his security detail. He was extremely unappreciative
and would not hesitate to scold them in the presence of their
peers for minor details over which they had no control.
Al Gore also looked down on them in disgust as they finally
observed and learned with certainty on one occasion
when Al Gore got angry at his offspring and loudly, in their presence,
pointed at his security detail and said “do you want to grow up and
be like them.” Word of this insulting and demeaning verbiage by the
former Vice-president quickly spread and he became as despised and
disliked by the secret service as Hillary.
Most of them prayed that Al Gore would not be elected president and they
really did have private small celebrations in a few of their homes after
President Bush won. This was not necessarily to celebrate President Bush’s
election, but to celebrate AL Gore’s defeat. He was very disliked. Al Gore
was not a good and kind person. That he could have been our President may
suggest that God was “answering prayers” and looking out for the country
with Al Gore’s defeat.
Everyone in the secret service wants to be on First Lady Laura Bush’s
detail. Without exception they uniformly concede that she is perhaps the
most nice, kind, and genuinely good person they have ever had the privilege
of serving. Where Hillary patently refused to allow her picture to be taken
with her security detail, Laura Bush doesn’t even have to be asked, she
offers. She doesn’t just shake their hand and say thank you, very often
she will give them a kind hearted hug to members of her detail to express
her appreciation. There is nothing false about her. This is her genuine
Laura Bush really is this kind of a person and her security detail considers
her to be a “breath of fresh air.” They
actually love her as a human being.
They joke that comparing Laura Bush with Hillary Clinton is like comparing
Mother Teresa with the Wicked Witch of the North.
Likewise, the secret service considers President Bush to be a gem of a man
to work for. He always treats them with genuine respect and he always
trusts and listens to their expert advice. They especially like the Crawford
Every time the president goes to Crawford he has a Bar-B-Q for his security
detail and “he” helps serve them. He eats with them, sits with them, and
with them. He always asks about their family, the names of which he always
remembers, and he of course knows each of them by their first name and calls
them by their first name as a show of affection.
They believe that he actually loves his security detail and that he is
deeply and genuinely appreciative of their service.
They could not like, love, or respect anyone more than President Bush,
and most of them did not know they would feel this way until they had an
opportunity to work for him and learn that his manner was genuine and
consistent. It has never changed in the three years that he has been
He always treats them with the utmost respect, kindness, and compassion.
Please pass this on to everyone you know. It is important for everyday
Americans to have a true inside understanding of their President and those
who would be president.
Finally, The secret service still is forming an opinion on John Kerry.
They have nothing positive or negative to say that anyone is willing to
share as yet. This notwithstanding, they already know what they have in
President Bush and they don’t want to lose a good thing.