Saturday, October 3, 2015

"Fuck Off" She Explained

Harry Truman was a POTUS who could really cuss up a storm

Ronald Kessler is basically the Boswell of U.S. federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies, having published about 20 or so books on the CIA, FBI, and the U.S. Secret Service.

His latest is about the interactions of Secret Service details assigned to the President's families, First Family Detail. It goes on sale August 5, just in time for the start of the 2016 election season.

The next time I visit a bookstore I plan to flip straight to the index and look up stuff like this:
Because Hillary Clinton is so nasty to agents, being assigned to her protective detail is considered a form of punishment and the worst assignment in the Secret Service. (pgs. 5, 16-26)

The New York Post today reviewed an advance copy of Kessler's book and quoted recollections by former members of the Hillary Clinton protective detail, none of them flattering. See Secret Service agents: Hillary is a nightmare to work with.

This one is typical:
“‘Good morning, ma’am,” a member of the uniformed Secret Service once greeted Hillary Clinton.

“F— off,” she replied.

None of this comes as a surprise. While Hillary partisans will of course denounce Kessler - some already have (here) - Hillary is a well-known personality, after having being in Washington and the public eye ever since 1992. Even I, at my lowly perch on the government ladder, have gotten loads of hearsay about her from Secret Service agents right from the start of Bill Clinton's first term, all of it consistent with Kessler's anecdotes.

Will this book drag down Hillary's public image? I doubt it. Surely, every sentient voter already has a firm fixed image of her after all this time. Her devotees are practiced at ignoring stuff like this, and her haters weren't going to vote for her anyway. But, the media machine needs material to fill the 24-hour news cycle, and stories like Kessler's are more entertaining than most.

Word to the wise politician - the drivers and bodyguards hear and see everything you do, so you might want to resist any impulse you have to insult and belittle them.


Anonymous said...

TSB Three weeks ago it was "I have the superdelegates to win", 2 wks ago: "more warmth more heart" Last week it was"Bill is joining me on the trail". Next week it might be hard to find Hillary given how fast the Russians and Iranians (and Chinese next week) are wiping out ISIS in the Levant. We could see Hillary jumps behind wheel and backs over Secret Service agents and they are fired!

Anonymous said...

TSB: Maureen Dowd is back in great form on the clown show in the Republican party: The Speaker, the Pope and the Exorcism

And Pepe Escobar is too on our anti-isis strategy. He loves the smell of SU-24's bombing in the morning. It smells like victory!
I would put in the links but they have me blocked. I think they figured out my fake Pepe Escobar profile photo on facebook. gwb

Anonymous said...

TSB: The Chipmunk has challenged the Squirrel to a duel! gwb

Jason Chaffetz is Running for Speaker

TSB said...

GWB: Someone as thin-skinned as Chaffetz shouldn't seek a leadership position, IMHO. But maybe he thinks he can ride a wave of sympathy after the Secret Service was mean to him.

Anonymous said...

TSB: I told you Cole was surprising. It looks like the Revolutionary Guard wants to take over all of Syria and Iraq while Putin wants to install Assad in a ceremonial position. The Iraqi government wants him to go unless there can be free and fair elections in all of Syria. (that might take awhile) gwb

Anonymous said...

TSB: listening to a little of Armed Services hearing with GAO and a lot of navy stripes. Yikes! McCain:"Unacceptable"! Ayotte:"How come we didn't know about this? (no money) GAO: "I tried to tell you"! Navy we need to do a lot better. Trump is working on a plan with the best experts. One of whom was a producer on Fantasy Island. :

They also implied all the new carriers are vulnerable to new commie weapons. gwb

Anonymous said...

TSB: The French Revolution is on again. Great photos of Air France executives doing a striptease for the 3000 workers they are firing. gwb

Anonymous said...

TSB: Meanwhile, in the levant: Russia Escalates Syria Proxy War: Threatens Full Naval Blockade Of Syria gwb

Plus they also flew into Turkey and harassed intercepting F-16's. A no fly zone has effectively been established in Syria. I hear Bibi favors naval blockades? gwb

Anonymous said...

TSB: I guess I was wrong about this week with Hillary. (James was supposed to cover the Sunday meeting but he was out playing golf.)
A visibly angry Hillary Clinton just went off on Republicans for their Benghazi investigation

TSB said...

GWB: The Air France incident was pretty interesting. The French Revolution began among the sans-culottes, but now it's the elite who are without the clothes.