National Geographic will air its documentary Inside the US Secret Service this Sunday evening, February 20th and Monday evening, February 21st (Check your local listings for the times in your area). It will give the viewer an inside look at the Secret Service operations and show clips from interviews taken with some of its agents.
I've always found these shows interesting but this week, I'm definitely tuning in because my brother was interviewed for the program.
Years ago, my brother was accepted into the United States Secret Service. I remember it had taken him approximately seven years to get in. Secret Service agents did background checks of our whole family and two men visited my parents' home to interview them about my baby brother.
My brother’s landlord and neighbors told him that Secret Service agents had visited his apartment complex to ask questions about him. I remember Jimmy telling me the news over the phone. Then, I couldn’t help myself:
“Oh yeah, they called me and asked me questions too.”
“They did?” Jim sounded anxious, a little unnerved. “So…what did you tell them?”
“I told them that apart from you lighting candles every night in the corner of your living room shrine, the one that you built in honor of Lee Harvey Oswald...Oh...and I mentioned the posters of Gennady Zyaganov and Boris Yeltsin in your bedroom...Other than that, you were as red-white-and-blue as the American flag.”
I burst into laughter and then Jim could tell I was having one of those Big Sis "Gotcha" moments. I’ve teased him ever since by nicknaming him “Golden Boy.” Yep, I’ve always been a little jealous of Jim for getting a job that has won him the family title, “Mom and Dad’s #1 Pride and Joy.”
Over the years, he has traveled all over the world, sometimes on Air Force One. He’s protected Clinton, the Pope, the Bushes, and many others (the list is too long to mention). During the 2005 Inaugural Parade, he drove the presidential limo that followed the President.
"Did you see me, Ma?" he had asked our mother during a phone conversation.
Always a joker, Jim knew he was impossible to see behind the tinted windows.
On a regular basis he had protected Vice President Cheney, during Cheney's time in office. In fact, on 9-11, Jim was one of the agents who brought Cheney to the White House bunker. None of us knew where he was until after the fact and my mom was filled with worry.