Friday, July 29, 2016

Book Review: Crisis of Character

Being assigned to Hillary Clinton was a form of punishment, so says former White House Secret Service agent Gary Byrne in his new best-selling book, Crisis of Character: A White House Secret Service Officer Discloses His Firsthand Experience with Hillary, Bill, and How They Operate.

This young couple embodied the hopes of their generation yet were as fake and corrupt as a three-dollar bill.

Byrne began working in the White House during the Bush, Sr., administration.  When the Clintons moved in, the spirit of the house dramatically shifted.  A spirit of honor, respect, and decorum left and was replaced by a team that disregarded rules, busted budgets, and had a “helter-skelter approach” that had “deadly consequences.”  

Byrne and other officers traveled to Arkansas in 1992 to meet with Arkansas law enforcement as the Clintons prepared to move to the White House.  One sheriff told Byrne, “Everything – everything they say about them is true.  The Clintons are ruthless.  And [the media] don’t even know the half of it.”

Byrne was often assigned to stand guard at the door of the Oval Office.  He and other officers would at times be assigned on patrol to follow Bill or Hillary.  Byrne shares numerous examples of their erratic, psychotic behavior, as well as many instances that caused him to question their integrity and judgment.  

The following is just a sampling of his thoughts about the First Lady:

·       She threw massive tantrums, which worsened as Bill’s tenure lengthened.

·       There was a huge gap between the public Hillary and the “real” one.

·     “Hillary’s behavior never surprised me – I never let it surprise me.”

·       Hillary was “always calculating. . . .  Her private leadership style was based on pure fear and loathing – and I never saw her turn that off.  Even in the president’s presence, Mrs. Clinton operated at far greater than arm’s length – a cheerless grafter always on her scheming way to someone or something else more important than the person directly in front of her.”  Unable to relax  or have real relationships, she “was always wound up, an unhappy captive of her own sense of mission.”

·       Privately, the Clintons showed no affection, no connection, and no physical contact.  They habitually had loud screaming matches in the private quarters, heard by many workers in the White House.  The workers learned to just ignore them and not talk about them.  Byrne even describes one day when Hillary destroyed a blue vase by throwing it across the room at Bill and giving him a black eye.  When the camera turned on or a “fat-cat donor” showed up, however, “ice suddenly melted”:  “they could flip that emotional light switch whenever they had to, then switch it back off again when the crowds and cameras departed.  It was all a business for them: Clinton, Inc."

·       Byrne says he never even saw the First Couple hold hands without cameras present: “Once in the spotlight, they were warm.  But that was a lie.  Portraying the Clintons as a warm, middle-class family was a calculated marketing ploy, more political theater. . . .  The president and Mrs. Clinton were purely business partners.”

·       For all of their repeated scandals, “they blamed everybody except themselves.”

·      Mrs. Clinton would “berate anyone.”  She showed much contempt for the SS agents, occasionally cursing at them.

Byrne contrasts the way the Bushes treated the SS agents with the way of the Clintons.  The Bushes treated them with love and respect.  But to the Clintons, “we were like furniture to them.”

Byrne describes Bill as “secretive, corrupt, and a womanizer.”

Byrne shares in detail his part of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, including having to secretly dispose of lipstick and semen-stained White House towels.  He believes the famous “blue dress” actually saved his life.  When the affair went to court, Byrne was subpoenaed to testify.  He had first-hand knowledge of the extent of contact between the President and Ms. Lewinsky.  Byrne believes the Clintons would have had him killed before testifying if the blue dress had not surfaced.

He writes that Lewinsky was young, inexperienced, and immature.  The Clintons weren’t:  “They were just immensely arrogant.”

Byrne writes about the many girlfriends the President had in and out of the White House: “We wondered how he got any work done and joked that he would have been better at running a brothel in a red-light district than the White House.”

As has surfaced in Hillary’s recent Presidential Campaign, Byrne writes that the “Clinton pattern was deny-deny-deny.  Behind the scenes, the Clinton Machine slut-shamed accusers, impugned their integrity, and supposedly even paid them off and intimated them.”

Byrne wrote Crisis of Character to warn our nation that Hillary Clinton should not be trusted with the power that accompanies the President of the United States.

I literally read the book in one sitting.  I spent three hours one Friday night devouring it.  I could not put it down.

Reading his book, I was reminded that Byrne is not a professional writer but a security officer.  The writing is not of exceptional quality.  It reads more like sitting across the table from someone at lunch and listening to them tell you stories from work.  It's not polished and polite, but it is highly informative into the Clinton scandals.

Read this book – and then pass it on to someone else.

Disclaimer - the book contains a fair amount of profanity.  Just warning you!

Also, watch Sean Hannity interview Gary Byrne:


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