The new book by former Secret Service agent Gary Byrne, CRISIS OF CHARACTER: A White House Secret Service Officer Discloses His Firsthand Experience with Hillary, Bill and How They Operate, paints a bleak and angry picture of the Clinton White House of the 1990s. But for those of us who remember that time --- especially those of us who were in Arkansas and fighting the Clinton Machine --- it’s a reminder of how we knew things to be.
Plenty of stories circulated back then: the screaming, the scheming, Bill’s constant sneaking around. Though Hillary did everything possible to squelch ‘bimbo eruptions” and blame the “vast right-wing conspiracy,” we knew what was going on. Back in the day, American Spectator published a memorable expose on “Troopergate” with accounts of the state troopers’ “extra” duty: covering for then-governor Bill while squiring him around from one tryst to another. And, of course, this isn’t the first book to paint such a discordant picture. Apparently, it continues to this day; the bleary expression we see so often in Bill’s eyes may very well be shell shock.
And these stories aren’t just party spin. The Secret Service gets an intimate and very close-up look at those it is sworn to protect. Imagine being belittled and abused and ordered around like a servant by the very person you’d have to take a bullet for, if it came to that. According to Clinton lore, Hillary’s Secret Service detail was by far the least desirable one, even seen as a punishment by some.
The book’s official release date is June 28, and there’s already a long list of pre-orders. In the meantime, click here to read more about Hillary and Bill and their CRISIS OF CHARACTER.