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April 11, 2012

Ex-Agent: Jimmy Carter Treated Secret Service Like Servants

Ex-Agent: Jimmy Carter Treated Secret Service Like Servants

Newsmax's Ron Kessler Reporting: As outlined in my book “In the President’s Secret Service: Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect,” Democratic presidents who claim like Olbermann to be for the little guy often are the nastiest with staff and Secret Service agents. Jimmy Carter — codenamed Deacon — was a prime example.

“When Carter first came there, he didn’t want the police officers and agents looking at him or speaking to him when he went to the office,” says Nelson Pierce, an assistant White House usher. “He didn’t want them to pay attention to him going by. I never could understand why. He was not going to the Oval Office without shoes or a robe.”

“We never spoke unless spoken to,” says Fred Walzel, who was chief of the White House branch of the Secret Service Uniformed Division. “Carter complained that he didn’t want them [the officers] to say hello.”

For three and a half years, agent John Piasecky was on Carter’s detail — including seven months of driving him in the presidential limousine — and Carter never spoke to him, he says. At the same time, Carter tried to project an image of himself as a man of the people by carrying his own luggage when traveling. But that was often for show. When he was a candidate in 1976, Carter would carry his own bags when the press was around but ask the Secret Service to carry them the rest of the time.

“Carter would have us carry his luggage from the trunk to the airport,” says former Secret Service agent John F. Collins. “But that is not our job, and we finally stopped doing it.” On one occasion, says Collins, “We opened the trunk and shut it, leaving his luggage in the trunk. He was without clothes for two days.”

As president, Carter engaged in more ruses involving his luggage.

“When he was traveling, he would get on the helicopter and fly to Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base,” says former Secret Service agent Clifford R. Baranowski. “He would roll up his sleeves and carry his bag over his shoulder, but it was empty. He wanted people to think he was carrying his own bag.”

Wild Thing's comment......

I remember posting a few yearsago about how horrible Carter was to the SS agents. This can be added to all the other compalints and I am not surprised at all. Carter is not a good guy at all.

Posted by Wild Thing at April 11, 2012 02:55 AM


I had read a while back the agents said he would go to his office early so people would think he was hard at work but once inside, go to sleep till about 9am or so.

Posted by: BobF at April 11, 2012 07:16 AM

Our last three Democrat Presidents, have all treated the Secret Service, White House Staff and others whose job it is to serve them, as second class citizens.

I find it ironic that these same men and their families try so very hard to project that they are the heros of the downtrodden, the union man, and those at the bottom of the economic scale.

Whenever I hear all this talk about Romney's wealth, the 1%, etc.. I think only of the Clintons who made millions from their book deals and speaking engangements, the 30K+ per plate dinners all the movie stars, athletes and other wealthy supporters throw for them.

It just goes to show that in the eyes of some slavery is still in existence. It just is dressed up a bit.

Posted by: Sean at April 11, 2012 09:23 AM