- The Washington Times - Friday, August 1, 2014

Vice President Joseph R. Biden has a secret love — skinny-dipping. A new tell-all book about Secret Service agents and the presidents they protect describes just how much they dread protecting the vice president, in part because of his penchant for going naked.

The book, “The First Family Detail,” by Robert Kessler, quotes numerous unnamed Secret Service agents giving out juicy details about the supposed “hidden lives” of presidents, both present and past, and the other politicos they protect.

Mr. Biden is shown to care more about his “regular guy” tag than about his official duties as second-in-charge of the country, the New York Daily News reported. He’s also cast as such a regular guy, that he can’t wait to get in the water without clothes.

“Agents say that, whether at the vice president’s residence or at his home in Delaware, Biden has a habit of swimming in his pool nude,” Mr. Kessler writes, the New York Daily News reported. “Female Secret Service agents find that offensive.”

Another annoying habit of the vice president?

He won’t let his official motorcade interrupt his neighbors in Delaware. That puts his official physician and the nuclear warhead code device at a distance that concerns Secret Service, the book author claims.

“What’s going to happen is either you’re going to have a dead vice president in Delaware, or you’re going to have agents killed in Delaware because Secret Service management refused to stand up to [Biden],” Mr. Kessler quotes an agent as saying, the New York Daily News reported.

Mr. Biden is described as have a “lack of consideration” for his protection detail — so much so that “being assigned to his detail is considered the second-worst assignment in the Secret Service,” Mr. Kessler writes.

No. 1 on that list goes to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Mr. Kessler writes. 

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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