The first big leak from Ronald Kessler’s forthcoming book, “The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents,” dealt with former President Clinton’s alleged continued extramarital affairs. The second is of an altogether different though similarly salacious kind.
The New York Daily News reports that Kessler reveals that Vice President Joe Biden is notorious for skinny dipping, which female Secret Service agents find particularly offensive.
Far more significant than his skinny dipping or alleged annoying last-second schedule changes are the security risks to the vice president and the nation at large caused by Biden’s desire to keep the Secret Service from disrupting his neighbors when home in Delaware. The Daily News reports:
the veep puts an uncomfortable — perhaps even dangerous — distance between himself and the vehicles carrying his physician and the 40-pound “football” that enables him, if necessary, to authorize the launching of a nuclear warhead, the book claims.
“What’s going to happen is either you’re going to have a dead vice president in Delaware or you’re going to have agents killed in Delaware because Secret Service management refused to stand up to (Biden),” Kessler quotes an unnamed agent as saying.
This adds up to an assignment that Secret Service agents reportedly dread. Kessler writes that ”being assigned to his [Biden's] detail is considered the second worst assignment in the Secret Service.”
Kessler reportedly writes that Hillary Clinton’s Secret Service beat is viewed as the worst.
Kessler’s book has been in the news lately as the Clinton machine has already gone on the offensive against the author for his perceived anti-Clinton bias and lack of credibility, in spite of the author’s 20 books on the Secret Service, CIA and FBI.
“The First Family Detail” is set to release August 5th.