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Home Columns A Cup O' Kapeng Barako Secret Service’s Clues of Presidents and First Ladies: Is it the Shameful Truth, or Just Mean-Spirited Gossip?
Secret Service’s Clues of Presidents and First Ladies: Is it the Shameful Truth, or Just Mean-Spirited Gossip? PDF Print E-mail
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Columns - A Cup O' Kapeng Barako
Friday, 24 February 2012 17:38



By Jesse Jose

A Cup O' Kapeng Barako


When I read it, I said: "Oh my!  Wow!" 


It was sent by a cyberspace friend, named Nestor Palugod. I don't know him personally.  But from what I understand through the grapevine of my circle of cyberspace friends, he knows of me from way back when I served as a Navy steward aboard submariners at the Submarine Base in Groton, Connecticut, and later on when I became a Navy journalist and the editor of the base newspaper, the "Dolphin." That was way back in the 70's.


We, submariners, are the so-called "elite of the fleet" of the US Navy.  Like those aviators with their wings and the Navy Seals, with their distinguished pins, we bubbleheads, also wear our set of Dolphins with utmost pride. 


Nestor was also a Navy submariner, a retired Navy Chief like yours truly, who has become some sort of a historian of Fil-Am sailors who have served aboard submarines.  He also writes a column called "Coming to America." 


When he forwarded to me this IED bomb of information, with a note that reads: "One of these days, some (Filipino US Navy stewards, who have served as servants in the White House) will write about what they saw," I perked up like my coffee-maker of Kapeng Barako and wrote him this letter:


Hey Nestor,


WOW!  Interesting!  Who wrote this?  Where did the writer get his information?  How true are these bits of information?  Sounds like opinionated gossips.  But most importantly, it sounds like it was divulged by a GOP-leaning writer of gossips.  But don't get me wrong: I like the whole shebang.  BANG as in BIG BANG!!!  And definitely, a must-read piece.


I'd like to use this for my next Cup O' Kapeng Barako column.  Sapak na sapak, ika nga. 


You know, before I became a journalist in the Navy, I was approached and asked if I would like to consider a steward job in the White House.  I said, "F... k, no!  I don't want to be a fulltime and ALILA (servant) in the White House."  That's exactly what I said to this recruiter of Filipino US Navy stewards to work as servants in the White House.


Now, looking back at that offer, I should've said: "Yes, I would love to...."  You know, do my alila job faithfully and obediently, and then write a book about what it's like being an alila in the White House.  Surely, the book would had been a bestseller and I would be a millionaire Navy retiree now.


Thanks for sending this, Nestor.  (Signed) Jesse


H ere it is, Dear Readers, en toto, warts and all. It's all allegedly about Presidents and their First Ladies, and aptly titled, "Secret Service Clues of Presidents and First Ladies."  Enjoy.  You've probably heard some of it before. 




A philanderer of the highest order.  She ordered the kitchen help to save all the left-over wine during a State Dinner, which were mixed with fresh wine to be served again during the next White House function.




Another philanderer of the highest order. In addition, LBJ was as crude as the day is long.  Both JFK and LBJ kept a lot of women in the White House for extramarital affairs, and both have set up "early warning systems" to alert them if and when their wives were nearby.  Both Kennedy and Johnson were promiscuous and oversexed men.  Ladybird was either naive or just pretended to "not to know about her husband's many liaisons.”




A "moral" man but very odd and weird, paranoid, etc.  He had horrible relationship with his family, and in a way, was almost a recluse.




A true gentleman who treated the Secret Service with respect and dignity.  He had a great sense of humor.  She drank a lot!




A complete phony who would portray one picture of himself to the public and a very different picture in private, e.g., he would be shown carrying his own luggage, but the suitcases were always empty; he kept empty ones just for photo ops.  Wanted the people to see him as pious and a non-drinker, but he and his family drank alcohol a lot. He had disdain for the Secret Service, and was very irresponsible with the "football" nuclear codes. He didn't think it was a big deal and would keep military aides at a great distance. 


Often does not acknowledge the presence of Secret Service personnel assigned to him.


She mostly did her own thing.




The real deal -- moral, honest, respectful, and dignified.


They treated the Secret Service and everyone else with respect and honor.  Thanked everyone all the time.  He took the time to know everyone on a personal level.


One "favorite" story which has circulated among the Secret Service personnel was an incident in early presidency, when he came out of his room with a pistol tucked on his hip.  The agent-in-charge asked: "Why the pistol, Mr. President?"  He replied, "In case you boys can't get the job done, I can help."  It was common for him to carry a pistol.  When he met with Gorbachev, he had a pistol in his briefcase.


Upon learning that Gary Hart was caught with Donna Rice, Reagan said: "Boys will be boys, but boys will not be presidents."  He obviously either did not know or forgot JFK's and LBJ's sexcapades.


Nancy Reagan was very nice but very protective of the President; and the Secret Service was often caught in the middle.  She tries hard to control what the President ate, and he would say to the agent, "Come on, help me out."


The Reagans drank wine during State dinners and special occasions only; otherwise, they shunned alcohol.  The Secret Service could count on one hand the times they were served wine during their "family dinners."  For all the fake bluster of the Carters, the Reagans were the ones who lived life as genuinely moral people.




Extremely kind and considerate.  Always respectful.  Took great care in making sure the agents' comfort were taken care of.  They even bought them meals, etc.


One time Barbara Bush brought warm clothes to agents standing outside of Kennebunkport. One agent who was given a warm hat, and when he tried to nicely say "no thanks, m'am," President Bush said, "Son, don't argue with the First Lady, put the hat on."  He was the most prompt of the Presidents. He ran the Whit House like a well-oiled machine. She ruled the House and spoke her mind.




The Presidency was one giant party. Not trustworthy....  He was nice because he wanted everyone to like him, but to him, life was just one big game and party.  Everyone knows of his "sexuality."


She is another phony.  Her personality would change the moment cameras were near. She hated with open disdain the Military and the Secret Service. She was another one who felt people are there to serve her. She was always trying to keep tabs on Bill Clinton.




The Secret Service loved him and Laura Bush.  He was also the most physically "in shape" who had a very strict workout regimen.  The Bushes made sure their entire administrative and household staff understood to respect and to be considerate of the Secret Service.  She was one of the nicest First Ladies, if not the nicest.  She never had any harsh word to say about anyone.




Clinton all over again. Hates the Military and looks down on the Secret Service.  He is egotistical and cunning. He looks you in the eyes and appears to agree with you, but turns around and does the opposite --- untrustworthy.  He has temper tantrums.


She is a complete b_tch, who hates anybody who is not Black. Hates the Military and looks at the Secret Service as servants.


PS: At the end of this article are forwarded bits of information, a note reads: "Please consider forwarding as it gives the viewer an insight as to the character of Liberal mindset versus the Conservative mindset." 


To me, I think it's a big BS and merely a mean-spirited bag of gossips to be taken with a grain of salt in one's mouth ... and spat out.  But this is a free country, so there. That's all.  JJ 



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