Tuesday marks the 20th anniversary of the first terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
Gapeach: You can tell a lot about a politician’s real character by how they treat others when the cameras are turned off; especially others in subservient positions to them. According to a newly released book by best-selling author, Ronald Kessler, titled The First Family Detail, Hillary Clinton’s treatment of Secret Service agents and military personnel when the cameras aren’t rolling speaks volumes about her true character, and what it says is not good. According to Kessler, the presidents and first ladies Secret Service agents respected most and enjoyed serving most were George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara, George W. Bush and his wife Laura, and Ronald Reagan. Those they enjoyed serving least—no real surprise here—were Hillary Clinton and Vice-President Al Gore. The Bushes and President Reagan were kind, considerate, and respectful toward agents. They treated them like the highly-dedicated, sacrificial professionals they are and made a point of taking care of the agents as the agents, in turn, were taking care of them. Apparently, just the opposite was and is true of Hillary Clinton. According to Kessler, as first lady Hillary Clinton was rude, imperious, inconsiderate, and condescending toward Secret Service personnel and the military. She refused to greet the men and women on her Secret Service detail and had them instructed to not greet or otherwise talk to her. Secret Service agents interviewed for Kessler’s book reported being treated like lowly peons by the first lady. If anything, she treated military aides even worse—demanding they wear civilian suits rather than uniforms when in the White House. Even more revealing of Hillary’s true character were her demands that White House staffers such as those who do routine maintenance and cleaning be unseen when performing their jobs. If she happened to walk by when maintenance or cleaning staff were working, they were instructed to jump behind drapes or step into a closet until the first lady passed so she would not have to be bothered seeing them. What bothered the agents assigned to protect Hillary Clinton even more than being treated like something she might scrape off the bottom of her shoes was the hypocritical act she performed when the cameras were rolling. On camera, the first lady was all compliments and smiles in describing her feelings for and relationships with Secret Service Agents. But as soon as the cameras were turned off the reporters were gone, she reverted to her normal wicked-witch mode. Remember that Hillary is the leading presidential candidate of the political party that portrays itself as the party of the people or, more condescendingly, the party of the “little people.” Democrats—Hillary included—enjoy portraying conservatives and Republicans as cold, heartless autocrats who care nothing for the plight of the little people in America. Yet it is Republican presidents and first ladies who the little people who work on protections details or in other White House jobs prefer to work with. Again, this should come as no surprise since any thinking person who is paying attention knows that the Democrat’s claims of wanting to help the little people of America are nothing but hypocritical hot air emitted for the sake of impressing a naïve audience. Hillary Clinton—whether she will admit it or not—is running for president right now and has been since she lost the nomination to Barack Obama in 2008. But what Ronald Kessler reveals in his new book should cause Americans to stop and think. After all, do we really want a president who treats Secret Service agents with the imperious condescension of a queen who thinks mere mortals are beneath her—who is rude, disrespectful, and uncaring toward those who take care of her? Remember, these are men and women who risk their lives everyday protecting hers. How would you like to take a bullet to save the life of someone who treats you like the contents of a used Kleenex? In this age of unending terrorist threats, do we really want a president who takes offense at the sight of a military uniform? Hillary’s attitude toward military personnel is no different now than it was back in the ‘60s and early ‘70s when she was an anti-military radical and her husband was a draft dodging coward. Do we really want a president who forces workers in the White House to hide so she does not have to be bothered by seeing them do their jobs? There is no aspect of an individual’s qualifications to be President of the United States that is more important than character. More than any other personal asset, it is character that makes great presidents. The presidency is the type of job that will quickly reveal the character of the individual holding it—good or bad. In Hillary Clinton’s case, revelations by Ronald Kessler are already shining a light on her real character. I just hope Americans are paying attention. We are suffering through the second term of a president who thinks he is a king. The last thing we need is a new president who thinks she is a queen.