Ron Kessler is concerned about the recent Secret Service debacle and he should know whether or not to be concerned. He is the author of 20 non-fiction books about the US Secret Service, FBI and CIA. Seven of his books have appeared on the New York Times Best Seller list. “Kessler’s such a skilled storyteller, you almost forget this is dead-serious nonfiction.” Newsweek
Kessler is worried that President Obama keeps expressing confidence in the Secret Service and thinks he should appoint someone from the outside of the agency. “That’s what I said in my book The First Family Detail,” Kessler told Hollywood on the Potomac. A look back at our interview with Kessler when the book first came out: Here is the article.
“He appointed Clancy (Joe Clancy is the 24th and current Director of the United States Secret Service) who is part of this culture,” Kessler emphasized. “Obama is in denial. He minimizes the risk to his own life. A lot is at stake.”
As for President Obama, he issued a statement for reporters via White House spokesman Eric Schultz: “President Barack Obama has full confidence in Secret Service Director Joe Clancy to pursue reforms needed at the agency in the wake of several scandals. Nobody has higher standards for the Secret Service than Director Clancy.”