People magazine has shone its spotlight on Newsmax Chief Washington Correspondent Ronald Kessler's new book about the Secret Service.
People notes that "In the President's Secret Service: Behind the Scenes With Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect," already an Amazon.com best-seller since its publication last week, "collects stories from the agents who put their own lives on the line to protect America's First Families."
The magazine cites several passages from the book, including:John Kennedy, code-named Lancer, "was swimming with some ladies when the Service alerted him that Jackie was en route. He 'came charging out of the pool [with] a Bloody Mary,' says the agent, who then passed the drink off as his own."Jimmy Carter, code-named Deacon, "wanted agents to carry his bags. 'Not our job.' Once they left his luggage in a trunk. 'He was without clothes for two days.'"Ronald Reagan, code-named Rawhide, "carried his own gun. 'In case you guys can't do the job,' he told his protectors."
Kessler is a New York Times best-selling author whose books include "The Terrorist Watch," "The CIA at War," "The Bureau," and "Inside the White House."
He is the first journalist to penetrate the wall of secrecy that surrounds the U.S. Secret Service, and his new book is based on interviews with more than 100 current and former agents.
"In the President's Secret Service" offers intriguing stories about presidents from JFK to George W. Bush, and also provides an inside look at the current White House resident, including the fact that Barack Obama still smokes cigarettes, despite his iffy denials.
Among the many other disclosures in Kessler's book:After Obama entered the White House, the Secret Service experienced a 400 percent increase in the number of threats against the president, in comparison with his predecessor George Bush.Bush's daughters Barbara and Jenna gave their Secret Service details a hard time and would try to lose the agents assigned to them.John Kennedy had trysts with Marilyn Monroe in a loft above the office of his brother, Attorney General Robert Kennedy.Lyndon Johnson would walk around naked in the presence of his daughters, his wife Lady Bird, and female secretaries.Richard Nixon had no relationship with his wife and did not sleep with her.Gerald Ford was considered very cheap and would tip caddies at a golf club in California just a dollar — if anything at all.A paper napkin found in a hotel elevator helped the Service thwart an assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan.Jimmy Carter once tried to attack and kill a small dog with a bow saw.The Secret Service has been "cutting corners" since it was taken over by Homeland Security, heightening the risk of an assassination.
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