Secret Service agents over the years say being on Hillary Clinton's detail is the "worst duty assignment" they could receive, and "agents consider being assigned to her detail a form of punishment,” author Ronald Kessler writes in his book "First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents."
The book reveals exchanges that retired and active Secret Service agents shared with Kessler, writes Deroy Murdock in an opinion piece for The New York Post
. Kessler writes both flattering and critical items about people in both parties.
And when it comes to the Clinton family, Chelsea was a "model protectee," Bill was difficult while president but easygoing after he left office, and Hillary was exposed as an "especially abusive Arctic monster," said Murdock.
Kessler, a former investigative reporter with The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post who went on to write 19 other books revealed several shocking exchanges, including her reply to the greeting "good morning, ma'am" from a member of the uniformed Secret Service: "F— off."
“When in public, Hillary smiles and acts graciously,” Kessler wrote in his book. “As soon as the cameras are gone, her angry personality, nastiness, and imperiousness become evident...Hillary Clinton can make Richard Nixon look like Mahatma Gandhi.”
In the words of several people who served on her detail:
- Former Secret Service agent Lloyd Bulman: “Hillary was very rude to agents, and she didn’t appear to like law enforcement or the military. “She wouldn’t go over and meet military people or police officers, as most protectees do. She was just really rude to almost everybody. She’d act like she didn’t want you around, like you were beneath her.”
- Unnamed Secret Service agent: “Hillary didn’t like the military aides wearing their uniforms around the White House. She asked if they would wear business suits instead. The uniform’s a sign of pride, and they’re proud to wear their uniform. I know that the military was actually really offended by it.”
- Former Secret Service agent Jeff Crane: Hillary would cuss at Secret Service drivers for going over bumps.”
- Unnamed former Secret Service agent: "Hillary never talked to us . . . Most all members of first families would talk to us and smile. She never did that.”
- Former FBI agent Coy Copeland: Within the White House, Hillary had a “standing rule that no one spoke to her when she was going from one location to another. In fact, anyone who would see her coming would just step into the first available office.”
- Unnamed former Secret Service agent: “If Hillary was walking down a hall, you were supposed to hide behind drapes used as partitions.”
It wasn't just agents who had stories about the then-first lady. Franette McCulloch, a former assistant White House pastry chef, told of how Clinton "screamed" at a White House electrician who was changing a light bulb in the family quarters, because she had ordered all repairs to be done while the first family was away.
Kessler also recounts how Clinton fired White House usher Christopher Emery after he returned a call from former First Lady Barbara Bush about computer troubleshooting. Emery stayed unemployed for four years, said Kessler.
Kessler told Murdock that Clinton's treatment of her staff should be a warning to Americans as she runs for the presidency.
"No one would hire such a person to work at a McDonald’s, and yet she is being considered for president of the United States," Kessler told him.
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