Mr. Kessler talks about the best and worst presidents to guard as well as their respective family members. Some of the family members, including the first ladies, made it difficult at time to protect the POTUS. Overall, some of the best include Laura Bush, Barbara Bush, Michelle Obama and some of the worst were Hilary Clinton, Rosalyn Carter.
Mr. Kessler describes the budgetary nightmares once the Secret Service was moved from the management of the Treasure to DHS. The attrition rate is incredible because of the working conditions. Ironically some of the Presidents that spend their days advocating labor unions for the "working man" yet their own details do not get the same benefits as regular "non-union" workers.
This book coupled with a special I watched "Its good to be the president" truly disturbs me. The opulent lives they live is unmatched by any "rich fat cat". I would like to see a stronger SS and not so much of the other minutia. I think the staffers can go to Kinko's to have invitation printed up; I do not think we need five full time calligraphers on the payroll. Additionally, I do not think the WH needs to have fresh flowers every day. This is either the cause or the goal of the corruption in politics.
It is a really good book but disturbing in many ways because we are programmed to believe that the Secret Service is an elite group of men and women that have this incredible work ethic, which is true, but we see how the department itself treats their employees, the internal politics, the cronysm, and budget short-falls.
Paperback: 285 pages
Publisher: Broadway; Reprint edition (August 3, 2010)