Status message

Operating in maintenance mode.

Ex-Secret Service Agent Dishes on What Barack Obama Was Really Like Behind the Scenes

Most politicians have a public face, and a private face. This is why it doesn't usually come as a surprise when a politician who preaches things like honesty and morality is caught in a sex scandal, or found guilty of tax fraud. It doesn't take a stretch of the imagination to imagine that the smiling, attractive person who kisses babies and shakes hands on the campaign trail is actually cussing and throwing tantrums behind closed doors when the cameras stop rolling.

Former President Barack Obama comes off as a really good guy. In his public image, he's the 'cool dad' type. He shoots hoops, he occasionally wears tacky suits, and he fist bumps his wife. But some people were wondering what the real Barack Obama is like when the cameras weren't around.

One curious individual asked people what they thought on Quora. "Is Barack Obama a nice person when there isn’t a camera around?" read the original question.

The asker was lucky enough to get an answer from someone in the know: Jason Wells, a writer who was working as a U.S. Secret Service Special Agent a decade ago, was one of the agents protecting Obama during the 2008 campaign.

Obama, then a junior senator and rising star in his party, was getting a lot more threats than most candidates, Wells explains. This meant that the Democratic candidate ended up getting more protection, and earlier than most candidates would get it. Wells was one of the agents randomly assigned to detail.

"The rotation consisted of being out on the road with him 24/7 for three week intervals, home for six weeks, and then back out again. It was like this for 18 months," Wells explained. That gave the former agent plenty of behind-the-scenes access, and plenty of times to observe the future president.

Wells says his opinion of the people he protects is not based on his political views. “I made it a point to remain unbiased in my political opinions when asked about Mr. Obama while on this assignment. I also tend to judge others by how they treat me rather than how they expect to be treated," he explained. "I will say that, personally, I have differed on many of President Obama’s stances in politics. I do not support much of his political agenda."

Even though he didn't agree with Obama politically, Wells couldn't deny that he was a genuinely nice guy. "Senator Obama, Mrs. Obama and their two daughters were always extremely cordial and appreciative for everything that we provided them," Wells admitted. "They were engaging with us, asking us about our families and making sure that we were provided for."

Wells says that his own wife was pregnant at the time, and Obama would ask how she was. He wished them the best.

Wells adds that Obama treated everyone with respect. "I never, never saw him belittle another person, I never witnessed him do anything behind his wife’s back… For all of my political differences with Barack Obama, I will be the first to say that he is a very decent man.”

Obama haters will have to face it: when the Obamas act like good, nice people, it’s not actually an act. Whether you agree with Obama or not, or whether you approve of the job he did in office or not, he’s a good guy both in front of and behind the scenes.

Source: CNN
Photos: Obama White House, Gage Skidmore/Flickr

Tell Us What You Think

More News Stories

George W. Bush recently suggested that the Republican Party may never win back the White House.

According to Politico, the former president...

A Wisconsin man shot and killed his girlfriend while her children were in another room of the home. The incident was the culmination of a...

A Kentucky teen was visiting Florida and enjoying a day on the beach. During a swim, the teen was bit on the leg and several times on her face by...

Appealing to voters’ fear of terrorism, Donald Trump vowed Tuesday night that “we’ll beat the shit out of them” if anyone attacks the United...

Stores like Food Lion, Giant, Kroger, Target, Walmart and other stores are now offering parents with special needs children or senior citizens and...

Latest News Stories

In yet another failure for the Transportation Security Administration, a new report says the agency failed to identify dozens of employees with...

Former Fox News contributor Meghan McCain has taken her talents elsewhere, and she can now be found sharing her viewpoints on ABC’s ‘The View.’...

A Georgia dad was reportedly angry when he found his daughter fooling around in her Audi A4 with a boy. Instead of stopping to teach his daughter...

Surgery can be stressful and scary enough without allowing thoughts on the conversations of attending physicians to creep into our heads....

A couple were devastated in 2013 when they lost their unborn twins. At 18 weeks, the mom miscarried their daughter Brinley, and then at 21 weeks,...