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Kessler's Secret Service Book Creates Stir

Monday, 20 Jul 2009 03:48 PM

A new book about the Secret Service by bestselling author and Newsmax Chief Washington Correspondent Ron Kessler hasn’t been released yet, but it’s creating quite a lot of buzz.

“In the President’s Secret Service: Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect” goes on sale August 4th, but made top headlines in the New York Post today.

The Post’s Page 6 has gotten a sneak peak at the book that is said to have the once close lipped Secret Service in an uproar.

Page Six leads with details from Kessler’s book that Secret Service agents had a tough time protecting Jenna and Barbara Bush.

Kessler reveals that President George W. Bush's twin daughters did everything they could to escape their watch.

"Jenna would purposely try to lose her protection by going through red lights or by jumping in her car without telling agents where she was going," Kessler discloses in a passage highlighted by the New York Post's Page Six column.

"As a result, in a total waste of manpower, the Secret Service kept her car under surveillance so agents could follow her."

The book also tells how Henry Hager, Jenna's boyfriend and future husband, got so intoxicated that the Secret Service had to take him to Georgetown University Hospital.

On another occasion, Hager was boozing with Jenna at a Washington, D.C., bar and picked a fight with several other patrons. Secret Service agents intervened to avoid a brawl.

Among many other revelations, Kessler discloses that Richard Nixon's vice president, Spiro Agnew, had extramarital affairs while in office, and that President Barack Obama, despite claims to have drastically cut back, still smokes regularly.

[Editor's Note: Get 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” Go here now.]

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