"In The President's Secret Service" is a book about the Secret Service and how it has evolved, as well as the training the agents receive; it also has plenty of dirt on recent presidents.
Ever since Cliff and I went to Plains, Georgia, and sat in Jimmy Carter's Sunday School class (and later had our picture taken with him and Ros), I've had a good opinion of him. Turns out, the members of the Secret Service did not. However, after a chapter of griping about him, it was admitted that he really was devoted to Ros, and that he was serious about his religion. Hey, that's more good than they had to say about some of the others. The president they seemed to be most fond of was Reagan, but they didn't care much for his wife. They had good things to say about President Ford, too.
The way they describe Nixon makes me wonder how he ever ended up in office. Wow. I'm not even sure he was safe walking the streets; he had all the traits of a crazed postal worker.
Oh, and from what I've learned about Lyndon Johnson, Bill Clinton is a boy scout in comparison.
In the previous entry I mentioned the fact that we had visited the Truman Library; Patsy from Arkansas left a comment that a relative of hers with rather loose morals worked for Truman for years; she and her sister had wondered if there was ever any "hanky-panky" between them.
Well, nothing would surprise me these days, but from what I've read about Harry Truman, he was really in love with Bess for as long as he lived. That doesn't mean he might not have slipped up at some time, though. Boys will be boys. But if you read the many, many letters Harry wrote to his wife over the years, you will see the love in them.
So far I haven't read any dirt on Truman in this book I'm reading, but the Secret Service wasn't much of a presence back then. After Kennedy was assassinated, they started expanding.
I have a long-standing admiration for Harry Truman. He wasn't afraid to speak his mind.
That's about all my ramblings on this hot day (it may reach 108 degrees).