The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents Quotes.

1. "Since 1917, threatening the president has been a federal crime. As later amended, the law carries a penalty of up to five years in prison and a fine of $250,000, or both. The same penalty applies to threatening the president-elect, vice president, vice president–elect, or any officer in the line of succession to become president. Threats against the first lady and first children are evaluated in the same way as threats against the president and vice president, but the number of threats against them is far lower."
- Ronald Kessler, The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents

2. "Even though the training center is in Laurel, agents refer to it as Beltsville,"
- Ronald Kessler, The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents

3. "academy—instructors set up scenarios to show trainees how"
- Ronald Kessler, The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents

4. "Other agents say magnetometers have also been waived for events attended by President George W. Bush and every recent leading presidential candidate. Agents attribute such blatant lapses in security to the fact that the Secret Service does not have enough manpower to screen everyone properly."
- Ronald Kessler, The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents

5. "It’s complacency, says an agent who was on Obama’s detail. They say we can make do with less. Shutting down magnetometers as an event is about to start is shocking enough. But when Vice President Biden threw the opening pitch at the first Baltimore Orioles game of the season at Camden Yards on April 6, 2009, the Secret Service had not screened with magnetometers any of the more than forty thousand fans. Moreover, even though Biden’s scheduled attendance at the game had been announced beforehand, the vice president was not wearing a bulletproof vest under his navy sport shirt as he stood on the pitcher’s mound. According"
- Ronald Kessler, The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents

6. "No man can climb out beyond the limitations of his own character, John Morley,"
- Ronald Kessler, The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents

7. "You can easily judge the character of others by how they treat those who can do nothing for them or to them, publisher Malcolm S. Forbes once said. In Hillary Clinton’s case, because she is so nasty to agents and hostile toward law enforcement officers and military officers in general, agents consider being assigned to her detail a form of punishment. In fact, agents say being on Hillary Clinton’s detail is the worst duty assignment in the Secret Service."
- Ronald Kessler, The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents

8. "When Bush—code-named Timberwolf—was vice president, agent William Albracht was on the midnight shift at the vice president’s residence. While agents refer to the President’s Protective Detail as the Show, they call the Vice President’s Protective Detail the Little Show with Free Parking. That’s because, unlike the White House, the vice president’s residence provides parking for agents. Albracht was new to the post, and Agent Dowling filled him in. Well, Bill, every day the stewards bake the cookies, and that is their job, and that is their responsibility, Dowling told him. And then our responsibility on midnights is to find those cookies or those left from the previous day and eat as many of them as possible. Assigned to the basement post around 3 A.M., Albracht was getting hungry. We never had permission to take food from the kitchen, but sometimes you get very hungry on midnights, Albracht says. I walked into the kitchen that was located in the basement and opened up the refrigerator. I’m hoping that there are some leftover snacks from that day’s reception, the former agent says. It was slim pickin’s. All of a sudden, there’s a voice over my shoulder. Hey, anything good in there to eat? the man asked. No, looks like they cleaned it out, Albracht said. I turned around to see George Bush off my right shoulder, Albracht says. After I get over the shock of who it was, Bush says, ‘Hey, I was really hoping there would be something to eat.’ And I said, ‘Well, sir, every day the stewards bake cookies, but every night they hide them from us.’ With a wink of his eye he says, ‘Let’s find ’em.’ So we tore the kitchen apart, and sure enough we did find them. He took a stack of chocolate chip cookies and a glass of milk and went back up to bed, and I took a stack and a glass of milk and went back to the basement post. When Albracht returned to the post, Dowling asked, Who the hell were you in there talking to? Albracht told him what had happened. Oh yeah, sure, right, Dowling said. When"
- Ronald Kessler, The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents

9. "It has façades of a hardware store, a hotel, a restaurant, a bar, and a bank. Real cars are parked in front."
- Ronald Kessler, The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents

10. "In Hillary Clinton’s case, because she is so nasty to agents and hostile toward law enforcement officers and military officers in general, agents consider being assigned to her detail a form of punishment. In fact, agents say being on Hillary Clinton’s detail is the worst duty"
- Ronald Kessler, The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents

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