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Posted on 06/10/2011 8:13:20 AM PDT by Bed_Zeppelin
A former Secret Service agent prepared to put his life on the line to protect Barack Obama has quit to stand as a Republican against the U.S. president's Democratic Party.
Daniel Bongino has caused eyebrows to be raised in the famously private and apolitical agency with his bid to represent Maryland in the Senate.
After spending 12 years protecting presidents, candidates, and world leaders, including George W Bush, he shadowed Mr Obama for nearly two years and was frequently by his side as the president met the public. He was also the lead agent co-ordinating Mr Obama's trips to Prague, Jakarta and Afghanistan.
Guarding U.S. presidents is regarded as the highest honour in the Secret Service, and agents are trained to throw themselves between a gunman and the president in any assassination attempt.
It is exceptionally rare for a member of the agency to follow a political career.
Mr Bongino, who was brought up in New York, is a conservative, Tea Party type of Republican. He resigned five months ago and now aims to capture a Senate seat from the Democrats for the first time in Maryland since 1987.
He said that his only differences with the president were ideological.
"I just don't agree with the way the country is going. We have got to get government out of the way," he said, adding that the president had always treated him well. The Secret Service declined to comment.
Odd it’s in a Canadian paper and not a US one..
I am sure he has a non-disclosure in place so no secrets. Friend who is secret service said alot of them hate when Dems are in White House because they are so low class.
you don’t expect the SRM to print this do you?
Steele actually run a pretty good campaign in MD (before he turned idiot in running RNC). He run in a bad year, but I think in the environment of 2004 or 2010, Steele would have won.
If he runs a good Senate campaign in 2012 and the mood of the country is equal or better for conservatives, he has a fighting chance.
The stories he can tell! Popcorn, please!
I saw it on one of the cable news shows a couple of days ago.
I disagree. Steele was trying to blur the lines between being a Republican and a Democrat, trying to trick the leftists infesting Maryland into believing he was actually a Democrat. He ran an abysmal campaign and lost to the guy who turned Baltimore into a total hell-hole.
Can he tell stories? Is secrecy in their contract?
The Secret Service declined to comment.
"JFK and LBJ = Philanderers of the highest order, both kept a lot of women in White House for affairs. Both set up "early warning" systems for it and when their wives were nearby. Total immoral men. In addition, LBJ was as crude as the day is long.
Richard Nixon = Weird, moral man but very odd and weird. Paranoid etc. Horrible relationship with his family, almost a recluse.
Spiro Agnew = a nice, decent man, everyone was surprised at his downfall.
Jerry Ford = A true gentlemen who treated them with respect and dignity.
Jimmy Carter = A complete phony who would portray one picture of himself to the public and a very different one in private; i.e., he would be shown carrying his own luggage, suit cases were always empty, he kept empty one just for photo ops. Wanted the people to see him as pious and a non drinker, he and family drank alcohol a lot. Had disdain for the Secret Service, and was very irresponsible with the "football" nuclear codes. Didn't think it was a big deal and would keep military aides at a great distance. Would never acknowledge military or Secret service they were there to serve him.
Ronald Reagan = The real deal. Moral, Honest, respectful and dignified. Treated Secret Service and everyone else with respect and honor. Would always thank everyone all the time. He took the time to know everyone on a personal level. One story was early on in Presidency the President came out of his room with a side arm attached to his hip. The Agent in charge said "Why the pistol Mr. President." Ronald Reagan replied, "In case you boys can't get the job done, I can help." It was common for him to carry a pistol. People do not know that when he met with Gorbachev, he had a pistol in his briefcase. Upon learning that Gary Hart was caught with Donna Rice during the election Ronald Reagan said, "Boys will be boys, but boys will not be President"
Nancy Reagan = Very nice but very protective of the President . . . the Secret Service was always caught in the middle. Nancy would try to control what the President ate all the time (healthy) and he would say to the Agents "come on you gotta help me out." The Reagans rarely drank alcohol. Secret Service said they could count on one hand the times the Reagans were served alcohol other than wine during dinner. They made the comment for all the fake bluster of the Carters it was the Reagans who lived life as genuinely moral people.
George and Barbara Bush = Extremely kind and considerate. Always respectful. Took great care in making sure the agents comforts were taken care of. They would bring them meals etc. One time Barbara Bush brought warm clothes to agents standing outside a Kennebunkport. One agent who was given warm hat tried to nicely say no thanks when he was obviously freezing and President Bush said "Son, don't argue with the first lady, put the hat on." Bill Clinton = Presidency was one giant party. Not trustworthy, he was nice because he wanted everyone to like him but life is just one big game and party to him.
Hillary Clinton = Another phony. Her personality would change the instant cameras were near. She hated with open disdain the military and Secret Service. Again another one who felt people are there to serve her. She was always trying to keep tabs on Bill Clinton.
Al Gore = An egotistical ass who was once overheard by his Secret Service detail when he told his son he needed to do better in school or he "would end up like these guys" and pointed to the Secret Service agents.
G. W. Bush = They loved him and Laura Bush. They said no one is a nicer person than Laura Bush who never has a harsh word to say about anyone. The Bush's went out of their way to take care of the Secret Service and made sure they were well cared for with meals and other comforts. GW was the most prompt of the Presidents. He ran like a well oiled machine. He was also the most in shape who had a very strict work out regimen. The Bush's made sure their entire administration understood to respect and be considerate of the Secret Service. Karl Rove was the one who was the most caring of the Secret Service in the administration.
Barack Obama - Clintons all over again - hates the military and looks down on the Secret Service."
One can say this candidate must have a very strong stomach!
Ben Carden turned Baltimore into a total hell-hole? I mean, Carden was a brain dead, knee-jerk ultra liberal in the House, who has continued that reputation in the Senate, but I don't think he particuarly hurt Baltimore. Martin O'Malley, on the other hand, as mayor of Baltimore brought the morals of the Clintons and the ego and financial responsibility of Nancy Pelosi to the office of mayor of Baltimore City. But Steele has never run against him, to the best of my knowledge. Steele was Bob Ehrlich's running mate when Ehrlich beat Kathleen Kennedy Townsend for governor in 2002, and lost his Senate camapign in 2006 to good-old-liberal Ben Carden.
Anyone think we can agree that the current WH occupant gets the award for having the lowest class of any President in history or could it be no class? Oh, and let’s not forget to include the Queen.
No, sadly, it's not.
If Obama was a Republican and the bodyguard a Democrat, this would be FRONT PAGE HEADLINES from New York to San Diego.
I wonder how members of the SS really feel about this incompetent moron we have as a “President”.
He was on Fox News about a week ago - very impressive. Thoughtful, apparently intelligent (other than any judgement about running as a Republican in Maryland), either courageous or stupid (since he was in the Secret Service I’ll vote for courageous), seems to care deeply about the country - in some ways a less-charismatic, lower-key version of Palin: able to talk to non-politicians without talking down to them and a common-sense, no nonsense kind of guy. He’ll get money from me.
Loved that quote and never heard it before. How sad the Gipper must be looking down on this country from above and seeing himself proven wrong here.
I can’t wait until the day when this ghetto gutter trash is escorted out of our White House and replaced with a Godly man or woman.
Daniel Bongino has caused eyebrows to be raised?....WTF?
I now refer to POTUS Obama as a top rated “dirt bag”!!! I won’t go into detail, but I have been begging the Democrat caucus to force him to resign or impeach him as I am convinced in my heart of heart he wishes America, the USA and all of our people, minorities included, ill will and the destruction of our great Republic. POTUS Obama has never given a hoot about private sector job growth and never will, He is both un-American and anti-American. He is going down fast now, and....if the Democrat caucus does not broom him quickly, they will go down with him!!! The handwriting is clearly on the wall for everyone with half a brain to see!!!
I dodged a few bullets after witnessing some abusive behavior.
A jack*** by any other name is still an a**.
I hope you’re right, but I’ve spent a bit of time in Maryland. Great people in the panhandle and eastern shore, but get a little east of Frederick and on the west side of the Chesepeake Bay (where most of the population is concentrated) and it is a totally different mindset; all that seems to matter is what they can suckle off the government teat.
From your keyboard to God’s ear!
Durn... ya seen this?!
I’m talking about the gubernatorial campaign vs. O’Malley.
Hmmmm, I wonder what “secrets” he knows?
“Al Gore = An egotistical ass who was once overheard by his Secret Service detail when he told his son he needed to do better in school or he “would end up like these guys” and pointed to the Secret Service agents.”
Bwahaha! The Secret Service would piss on that little pothead punk’s application.
Just from this tid-bit of info—he sounds great.
What an adorable family!
How awesome to picture the Fuhrer dragged out of We The People’s WH in handcuffs and branded a traitor for eternity. And, how absolutely fitting a conclusion to the current Liberal nightmare conceived in hell by Satan’s cohorts.
I’m keeping with green principles and doing my part for the environment by not putting sarcasm tags when none should be needed..
True! I live in western Maryland. This is gun country. Very conservative. You can tell from the signs that go up around election time. Unfortunately every vote I've made for a conservative candidate has been overruled by those who live in the eastern part of the state. Sigh...
before he turned idiot in running RNC”
That was one of the stranger meltdowns in recent years, wasn’t it?
I had not personally thought of him as an idiot when he ran for Senate in MD, and when he was in charge of GOPAC.
Then, out of nowhere, he really did turn into one at the RNC. Now I see Steele’s picture next to the dictionary definition of idiot.
He was interviewed on a Chicago talk radio station this morning. I agree—he sounded very impressive.
I know in my gut that the Obama’s have a great deal of disdain for the military/police. I am shocked that Americans voted this man into the Presidency. Sickened by it, actually.
If we could only trade Philadelphia for the Maryland panhandle, we’d love to have you here!
So interesting, thanks for posting.
Algore thanks you ;)
But will he? Republicans seem to be more honorable when keeping confidences; however, if it means what he could tell could help the nation and he’s been privy to treasonous acts, then it is his duty as an American, to tell everything.
I think that is absolutely true.
I have a baby boomer friend whose teen daughter falls in love with some different guy at least every month, always on the basis of looks, then gets disappointed when the good character is missing. Geez, just try observing how he/she treats servers the first time you go out! Can’t hurt, might be helpful info if the person changes their behavior based on social status.
Secret Service agents are professionals and follow the call of duty regardless of their political preferences, or those of the POTUS they protect.
I've met some Secret Service members. They are NOT stupid. I doubt Al "Flunked out of Divinity School" Gore would meet their educational requirements.
Buy Progresso, take off the label, write “not halal,” mail to Campbell’s soup company.)
Saw this and wondered what it was all about? I missed something.
So true ! My 12 year old, I remark to him that people who do low paying jobs like cleaning toilets deserve as much respect as a person doing a high paid job if not more.
> The best advice you could give a teenager is that, when choosing a significant other, they should watch how the person treats the “hired help.”