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George H. W. Bush, funny stuff from Secret Service. - He liked milk and cookies at 3 AM

Posted: Dec 3rd, 2018 - 1:02 pm

Secret Service agents breathed a collective sigh of relief when George H. W. Bush took office. Unlike previous presidents Lyndon Johnson and Jimmy Carter, Bush treated agents with respect and consideration.

Bush 'made it clear to all his staff that none of them was a security expert, and if the Secret Service made a decision, he was the one to sign off on it, and they were never to question our decisions or make life difficult,' former agent Pete Dowling says.

'So consequently it was kind of a moment in time, because all the entities really worked well together to make his protection and the activities that he participated in successful.'

Like Ronald Reagan, Bush was so considerate of the agents who protected him that he would stay in town on Christmas Eve so agents could spend it with their families. Then he would fly to Texas the day after Christmas.

Agents spotted what agent Glenn Smith calls a 'textbook' possible assassin as Bush was greeting onlookers at the fence
'The man had on a coat in the summer, he looked disheveled, and his eyes were darting in all directions,' Smith recalls
'We patted him down, and it turned out he had a nine-millimeter pistol on him and probably intended to use it on the president'
From then on, 'Bush would give us time to set up a secure zone at the fence,' Smith says

Hillary Clinton, who continues to be protected by the Secret Service, is so nasty, agents assigned to her detail consider it a form of punishment.

Al Gore treated agents with disdain and told them he did not want to be bothered greeting them or seeing them.

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