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The First Family Detail You may need to take a shower after reading this book before you feel clean againI wasn't prepared for the TMZ like nature of this crummy book I was interested in the history and operations of the Secret Service and to my knowledge I hadn't read a Kessler work before He only has about 5 points in the entire book and two of them are Democrats are evil and Republicans are saints To give you a clue where Kessler is coming from he complains in a chapter on the Clintons he has several that the biggest problem with Kenneth Starr is that he wasn't aggressive enoughI probably could have overlooked the blatant partisanship and low brow tone but the dishonesty with which Kessler approaches the work makes it hard to take anything he says at face value The number of misleading facts were piling up before I got to Chapter OneKessler spends a lot of time rehashing some of the worst of journalistic sleaze from the Clinton years and cherry picking his way through many other years of tawdry dirty laundry and political mud Even for what it is a partisan right wing hack job of a look at First Family Secret Service details it is lousy thin and rather poorly writtenI'm heading for that shower If you accept this book for what it is it's a mildly entertaining read It's really nothing but a trashy tabloid in book form filled with known falsehoods sensational accusations and re hashings of old debunked scandals The author attacks Hillary Clinton with both guns blazing and goes so far as to claim that Kenneth Starr's investigation found her officially responsible for a staffer's suicide because she yelled at him in a meeting Of course Mr Kessler has the inside scoop on this unverifiable tidbit because as he says this official finding disappeared from the final public version of the report How convenient for Mr Kessler I was amused by the few pages devoted to the football the suitcase that lets the president launch nuclear war from anywhere at anytime The author tells us that information about what's in the suitcase is so classified that everything that has been published about it so far is wrong then goes on to tell us what's really inside So either he published top secret information or he's being less than honest in his reporting of the factsIf you're careful not to accept anything in this book as truth and just read it for pure entertainment value it's pretty light easy fare that can be finished in a few hours Don't pick this one up if you have a serious interest in the Secret Service and how they operate It won't be worth your time Well that wasinteresting? It's disturbing to no end the staggering amount of corruption within our government both within the leadership and the departments That's certainly not ground breaking news though so I will leave a couple lasting impressions I had from the book one I was surprised by and one not so muchFirst I have FINALLY found something to like about the Obama's I wasn't sure that was even possible but at last I have According to this author the Obama's are actually kind and respectful to the secret service They say that if you don't like someone it's because you just don't know them well enough Yeah whatever I still don't like them but it's nice to know that they are kind to those who are willing to take a bullet for themSecond I hope to dear heaven that our country NEVER NEVER NEVER allows a Clinton to live in the White House ever again Hillary is the most evil and vile person to ever hold a government position If even half the stories reported about her contain even a shred of truth then she is evil enough to give the devil himself a run for his money and that's saying something This book comes off as whiny self serving and disorganized especially the first few chapters The author exudes many characteristics of a disgruntled employee by discussing poor leadership in the secret service stating that tools and training are not adeuate for agents and complaining about customers the presidents and their families At the same time the book is a series of random snippets about first families acting in unbecoming ways The author freuently jumps from one snippet to the next and often times several paragraphs in a row do not logically follow one another What's worse is that most of the book is centered around information that in one way or another violates confidentiality agreements the agents have signed Although there are some interesting stories in the book I have a hard time recommending it to other people due to the unorganized and rant style writing within Kessler's book gives detailed accounting of how many of the powerful in Washington behave when they no one is looking and how they treat the powerless It also serves as a warning that Americans should take elections and the character of those they elect much seriously rather than treat them as giant popularity contests It's hard to know what to make of this Kessler has strong ualifications as an investigative reporter but the book reads as a partisan hatchet job The public information he reports can be verified and the information about Secret Service procedure is both interesting and well sourced But the salacious bits that everyone will read the book for comes almost entirely from anonymous sources with unknown agendas There's some reason to believe that Kessler got a lot of agents to talk out of school and that what they said is mostly accurate It's also entirely possible that Kessler is scoring points and sales with highly selective uotes from a few biased sources It's just impossible to tellKessler does not help his credibility with his hand to cheek Oh my those awful mostly Democratic politicians The man's been reporting on Washington since 1970 he knows how the town works He's clearly playing to the tell all crowd here not trying to write serious journalism about public policy There's nothing wrong with a juicy tell all book but any revelations need to be taken with copious amounts of salt Ronald Kessler's books are always interesting I've read several of his behind the scenes in Washington accounts This one either dovetails or steals from another of his books In the President's Secret Service Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect What is the most profound thought I take from this book? Perhaps before we vote for someone we should be allowed to discover how she treats others who although may be considered insignificant have eye opening observations of behind closed door antics I ended up thinking better of some and shaking my head how could they? at others As in a play presidents vice presidents and presidential candidates perform on stage for the public and the media What the nation’s leaders are really like and what goes on behind the scenes remains hidden Secret Service agents have a front row seat on their private lives and those of their wives and children    Crammed with new headline making revelations THE FIRST FAMILY DETAIL Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents by Ronald Kessler tells that eye opening uncensored story   Since publication of his  New York Times bestselling book  In the President’s Secret Service award winning investigative reporter Ronald Kessler has continued to penetrate the wall of secrecy that surrounds the US Secret Service breaking the story that Secret Service agents who were to protect President Obama hired prostitutes in Cartagena Colombia and revealing that the Secret Service allowed a third uninvited guest to crash a White House state dinner   Now Kessler presents far bigger and conseuential stories about our nation’s leaders and the agency sworn to protect them Kessler widens his scope to include presidential candidates former presidents after they leave the White House and the presidents’ relationships to their first ladies and children   From observing Vice President Joe Biden’s reckless behavior that jeopardizes the country’s safety to escorting Bill Clinton’s mistress at Chappaua to overhearing First Lady Michelle Obama’s admonitions to the president to witnessing President Nixon’s friends bring him a nude stripper to seeing their own agency take risks that could result in an assassination Secret Service agents know a secret world that Ronald Kessler exposes in breathtaking detail  THE FIRST FAMILY DETAIL reveals · Vice President Joe Biden regularly orders the Secret Service to keep his military aide with the nuclear football a mile behind his motorcade potentially leaving the country unable to retaliate in the event of a nuclear attack · Secret Service agents discovered that former president Bill Clinton has a blond mistress Within minutes of Hillary Clinton’s leaving the woman—codenamed Energizer by agents—shows up to be with Bill every day while the likely future presidential candidate is away · The Secret Service covered up the fact that President Ronald Reagan’s White House staff overruled the Secret Service to let unscreened spectators get close to Reagan as he left the Washington Hilton allowing him to be shot by John W Hinckley Jr   · Secret Service agents have been dismayed to overhear Michelle Obama push her husband to be aggressive in attacking Republicans and to side with blacks in racial controversies  · Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan diverted agents from protecting President Obama and his family at the White House and ordered them instead to protect his assistant at her home and illegally retrieve confidential records as a favor to her   · 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   · Secret Service agents were ordered to ignore security rules and allow the SUV carrying actor Bradley Cooper to drive unscreened into a secure restricted area when President Obama was about to deliver his speech at the White House Correspondents Dinner   · Vice President Joe Biden spends millions of taxpayer dollars flying to and from his home in Delaware on Air Force Two His office tried to cover up the costs of the personal trips  · Because the Secret Service refused to provide enough magnetometers at his campaign events Mitt Romney regularly left himself open to assassination by giving speeches to unscreened crowds   · Vice President Joe Biden swims nude at the vice president’s residence in Washington and at his home in Delaware offending female agents    Book is almost laughable in its lack of objectivity Alternate titles “Republicans Good; Democrats Bad” or “Hillary Clinton is an Evil Bitch” The most repeated phrase is “Hillary flew into a rage” I actually got the feeling at times that Kessler wrote the book solely to exact some kind of revenge on Hillary That said the book is like catnip with lots of juicy gossipy tidbits about the peccadillos and personal uirksflaws and outright outlandish behavior of our country’s leaders and their families from the inside view of their Secret Service protectors We also get the history of the Secret Service and how it operates and how it can be undermined by the very people it protects The Secret Service itself has been in the news lately for letting security slide but the reader gets some perspective how this happens – it’s a slippery slope Despite the heavy handed depiction of the Democrats I don’t necessarily disbelieve Kessler’s reports There have been other stories and books over the years that generally support his assertions I also agree with Kessler that how our leaders treat “common folk” behind closed doors is very telling; women know not to go on a second date with a guy who treats the wait staff badly at a restaurant I admit to being a Democrat and it gives me pause when I read these stories However I’ve read the same kind of stories over the years about various elected officials from both parties some from the GOP side eualing what Kessler writes about Hillary This was a fun and interesting read I noticed that a lot of the negative feedback around the book seems to simply be based on the idea that Democrats come of looking bad in this book and Republicans looking good I’d argue that anyone surprised by the basic revelations put forth ie Hillary is a pain Carter was fake the Bush twins were annoying or Barbara was kind really hasn’t paid attention to the last 30 years of time While some of the inside details could come off as tabloid esue the simple opinion of each POTUS and First Lady as well as their children seem to be long held and common views of these individuals which have been well publicized in the media on both sides of the isle What this book did do was give some specific examples of stories from agents as to why they hold views that most Americans already know are a common opinion of these individuals You can take them at their word or reject them outright that is simply up to the reader but I will say it was an entertaining read If you hold the view that George W was and is a sadistic monster or that Hillary is a soft spoken sweet caring person who’s just like the rest of us don’t bother picking this title up someone is going to tell you something they saw first hand and you are going to call them a liar based on no credible evidence of your own If you simply want a look inside the opinions of agents and how they feel they have been treated in this dangerous field then the reading may be somewhat eye opening

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