Secret Service Agent Finally Tells Why Pres. Bush Never Left Washington On Christmas Eve

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You may have heard the story that President Bush (41) would never leave Washington, DC on Christmas Eve.

But did you know why?

A Secret Service Agent has finally come forward with the story.  

The DailyMail reports:

Like Ronald Reagan, Bush was so considerate of the agents who protected him that he would stay in town on Christmas Eve so agents could spend it with their families. Then he would fly to Texas the day after Christmas.

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Here's more from the same DailyMail story:

Secret Service agents breathed a collective sigh of relief when George H. W. Bush took office. Unlike previous presidents Lyndon Johnson and Jimmy Carter,  Bush treated agents with respect and consideration.

Bush 'made it clear to all his staff that none of them was a security expert, and if the Secret Service made a decision, he was the one to sign off on it, and they were never to question our decisions or make life difficult,' former agent Pete Dowling says. 

'So consequently it was kind of a moment in time, because all the entities really worked well together to make his protection and the activities that he participated in successful.'

Like Ronald Reagan, Bush was so considerate of the agents who protected him that he would stay in town on Christmas Eve so agents could spend it with their families. Then he would fly to Texas the day after Christmas.

Secret Service agents breathed a collective sigh of relief when George H. W. Bush took office. Unlike previous presidents Lyndon Johnson and Jimmy Carter, Bush treated agents with respect and consideration

Neil Bush ( right) greets members of the U.S. Secret Service after the casket of former President George H. W. Bush was placed into a hearse at the George H. Lewis Funeral Home following a family service,Monday

'Bush is a great man, just an all-around nice person,' an agent said of the former president when he was alive. 'Both he and Mrs. Bush are very thoughtful, and they think outside their own little world. They think of other people.'

'Bush understands that politics is politics and friendship is friendship,' an agent who was on his detail says. 'He can be friends with a lot of people who may not agree with him. The only things that bothered him were things that were important to the country. Little things just kind of seemed to roll off of him.'

When Bush—code-named Timberwolf—was vice president, agent William Albracht was on the midnight shift at the vice president's residence. 

While agents refer to the President's Protective Detail as the Show, they call the Vice President's Protective Detail the Little Show with Free Parking. That's because, unlike the White House, the vice president's residence provides parking for agents.

Albracht was new to the post, and Agent Dowling filled him in.

'Well, Bill, every day the stewards bake the cookies, and that is their job, and that is their responsibility,' Dowling told him. 'And then our responsibility on midnights is to find those cookies or those left from the previous day and eat as many of them as possible.'

Assigned to the basement post around 3 a.m., Albracht was getting hungry.

'We never had permission to take food from the kitchen, but sometimes you get very hungry on midnights,' said Albracht.  

'I walked into the kitchen that was located in the basement and opened up the refrigerator. I'm hoping that there are some leftover snacks from that day's reception, It was slim pickin's. All of a sudden, there's a voice over my shoulder.'

'"Hey, anything good in there to eat?'" the man asked.

'No, looks like they cleaned it out,' Albracht said.

'I turned around to see George Bush off my right shoulder,' Albracht said. 

'After I get over the shock of who it was, Bush says, "Hey, I was really hoping there would be something to eat." And I said, "Well, sir, every day the stewards bake cookies, but every night they hide them from us."

'With a wink of his eye he says, "Let's find 'em." So we tore the kitchen apart, and sure enough we did find them. He took a stack of chocolate chip cookies and a glass of milk and went back up to bed, and I took a stack and a glass of milk and went back to the basement post.'

When Albracht returned to the post, Dowling asked, 'Who the hell were you in there talking to?'

Albracht told him what had happened. 'Oh yeah, sure right,' Dowling said.

Agents noted the contrast between George H. W. Bush and Al Gore, one of Bush's successors as vice president. 

Like Hillary Clinton, Gore - who also claimed to be a champion of the 'little people'-treated agents with disdain and told them he did not want to be bothered greeting them or seeing them.

'Gore told agents at his home in Carthage, Tennessee, that they should duck behind bushes when they rotated shifts because the Gores didn't want to see them,' a former agent says. 

'I was on the detail one Christmas when Gore was at his home in Carthage,' former agent Jeff Crane says. 'Neighbors offered us food on Christmas Day, but the Gores never even bothered to say 'Merry Christmas' or 'Thank you.'

Hillary Clinton, who continues to be protected by the Secret Service as the spouse of a former president, is so nasty to her agents that being assigned to her detail is considered by agents to be a form of punishment and the worst duty assignment in the Secret Service.

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