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Ex-Secret Service Officer Reveals Barbara Bush’s Astounding Last Request to Him

Barbara Bush died last week at the age of 92. However, she left behind quite the legacy.

She was funny and kind. She devoted herself to the cause of literacy. She was open about her battles with depression.

However, it was one simple request she made of a Secret Service officer that showed, to him, who she really was. Now, he’s sharing it with the world.

In an Op-Ed for CNN, Jonathan Wackrow — a former Secret Service officer — talked about his time around the former first lady.

“As a special agent with the United States Secret Service, I had the opportunity to work on many protective assignments with Mrs. Bush,” Wackrow wrote.

“While I was never permanently assigned to her detail, I am thankful for two specific moments with Mrs. Bush, ones I will cherish as defining experiences in my career and testaments to her legacy, her candor and grace.

“The first occurred when I was a new agent, assigned to work a midnight shift at the Bush family’s summer residence in Kennebunkport, Maine,” he noted. “I was walking in the front yard at daybreak, preparing to end my shift, when Mrs. Bush suddenly appeared.

“In my world, it was better to be unseen, but in this instant, I was in the former first lady’s full view with nowhere to hide. Mrs. Bush gave me the warmest smile and said, ‘Well, it is good morning for me, but it looks like you have been up all night, so I will wish you a good night’s sleep.’ Stunned, I thanked her.”

But that wasn’t all, even though Bush “was the first Secret Service protectee I had ever spoken to.” The biggest impression Bush made on Wackrow came some time later.

“Many years later, I encountered Mrs. Bush again when she made a visit to the New Jersey area. This time, I was driving her limo from New York City to an appointment in New Jersey,” Wackrow wrote.

“The motorcade was small and unassuming — traits that Mrs. Bush appreciated — consisting of a few Secret Service vehicles and one unmarked New York police vehicle. But upon exiting the Holland Tunnel into New Jersey, we were joined by an assortment of New Jersey State Police vehicles and motorcycles operating with full lights and sirens.

“Typically, this was not the way that the former first lady liked to travel, as it drew undue attention. However, in this instance — with her husband’s presidency behind her — she was thrilled. Taking a quick glance in the rear-view mirror, I could see an amazing smile illuminating her face as she turned to her staff in the back seat, exclaiming, ‘They remember me! We have not had this much excitement since the White House!’”

And that’s when she decided to do something very special.

“After her meeting, as the motorcade started to travel back to New York, Mrs. Bush leaned forward and asked the head of her protective detail if we could stop before getting back into New York City, as she wanted to thank all the police officers who, she said, ‘so warmly welcomed me to New Jersey,’” Wackrow wrote.

“Peering out the limo’s back windshield, I will never forget the image of Mrs. Bush shaking hands with the officers. It was a genuine moment of sincerity and unguarded kindness delivered out of the public eye, which, to me, defined this great woman.”

This is the kind of woman Barbara Bush was — unassuming, graceful, and real.

Rest in peace, Mrs. Bush. You will be missed.

What do you think? Scroll down to comment below!



  1. Diana Friemann

    April 23, 2018 at 3:58 am

    Mrs. Bush was a classy lady and will be dearly missed in this world. So genuine.

    • Lou7

      April 23, 2018 at 1:55 pm

      I am not a person who gets hung up on personalities like stars and politicians. But for Mrs. Barbara Bush I would have gone to lengths to talk to her, SHE was such a genuine LADY and we just don’t have many in America any more.

      Thank you Barbara Bush for being such a gracious First Lady and a wonderful, thoughtful person.

      God Bless and RIP.

      • DavdE

        April 23, 2018 at 7:11 pm


      • Peter E. Rutt

        April 28, 2018 at 4:45 pm


    • Dee

      April 29, 2018 at 7:47 pm

      Yes, she seemed to be a good person but all the Bush’s and the Obama’s and lots more wealthy people are pro-New World Order so how nice can she really be when at the same time she wants to kill off billions of us all over the world?

    • Dee

      April 29, 2018 at 7:48 pm

      She was pro-New World Order. How nice was she really?

  2. jim deffendall

    April 23, 2018 at 4:02 am

    When I go I hope I can leave a smile on some body face

    • Georgia Peach

      April 23, 2018 at 4:13 am

      And I hope to leave BOTH sadness and smiles… As I do remember other loved ones who’ve gone before.

    • John

      April 23, 2018 at 5:43 pm

      Jim, AMEN,

  3. Valerie Helms

    April 23, 2018 at 4:04 am

    What a wonderful memory to cherish. Thank you for sharing and thank you for your service.

  4. Barbara

    April 23, 2018 at 4:05 am

    Barbara Bush was a truly a woman who came from upper class but never let that determine how she spoke or related to everyone. We were all equally given her warmth. She didn’t need accolades. She knew herself and was comfortable in her own “skin”. We may never have such a special First Lady again. The last one certainly was just the opposite. Melanie is also comfortable in her own skin but the press has been so determined to downgrade her that she has not had the chance to show it. She was successful way before she met and married ‘the Donald’.

    • Georgia Peach

      April 23, 2018 at 4:18 am

      Barbara, how sad that you felt it necessary to denigrate Michelle Obama. Who was an equal to Barrack – BOTH had their degrees in jurisprudence from Harvard, he taught Constitutional Law at the U. of Chicago, both highly educated, and globally respected but racism is considered a mental disorder. And when it comes to Melania being “…successful way before…” I take it YOU don’t know she was an illegal alien, a Russian prostitute and added another little ‘plus’ to her resume: Globally seen video porn ‘star’ who does women. Even Glenn Beck saw them and publicly stated that she DOES WOMEN! So, I guess you’re either an unread idiot or a hard-core racist. Only two choices.

      • Ms. Libra

        April 23, 2018 at 4:59 am


      • Maggie

        April 23, 2018 at 4:59 am

        You are so VERY Ill inforned as well as WRONG. Mrs. Trump was allowed to enter our GREAT Country on an “Einstein” Visa to enter our Country LEGALLY. Suggest you research what this visa incudes for Entrance to our GREAT Country. You have the right to your opinion but your comments are 100% WRONG! You have just made a total FOOL of yourself!

        • LaTxGuy

          April 23, 2018 at 5:43 am

          Maggie you are right on but then the georgia peach , lol, has just proved her own ignorance and racist. Malania entered the USA legally and was because of her high intelligence as based on the Einstein visa but look at the peach who if had reversed roles would likely had been the person she describes and certainly denied citizenship.


        April 23, 2018 at 5:31 am


      • Diane

        April 23, 2018 at 5:35 am

        How sad that you feel it necessary to write a nasty message to to a dead lady. It is absolutely a fact that the left has gone insane. I was a Dem until trump won and the left turned into a pack hateful crazies spreading wack job tales wherever they go. Seriously you wrote a hateful message to a dead lady. WOW! Sucks to be you.

      • LaTxGuy

        April 23, 2018 at 5:37 am

        truth is your the racist and the uninformed. Melania was not a prostitute and never was. She is not a Russian although your ignorance seems to be locked into that lie. Melania came from real poverty unlike the Michele who uses the race card that paid her way. Michele was from a very upper middle class making a family income of over 90,000/year and that was in the early 70’s. Michele also quickly was debarred from law because of fraud insurance claims. Nice crook! Melania is very intelligent and actually more so than both the Obama’s. She may not be as entitlement as Michele but she is of a higher class in every way and she is respectful of being an American which Michele is not. Anyhow she is here and did it all legal. The Beck globialy porn star has been proven fraud as has the Michele law firm was.Anyhow keep up the BS false news but we already are aware of it. I do agree though the first ladies should not had been brought into the conversation but as it was Michele as to no shock showed she was one of low class but then she never had it to begin with!.

        • Peggy

          April 25, 2018 at 6:16 am

          Amen to that!!

      • Aloma Cronberg

        April 23, 2018 at 5:57 am

        Yes, both Obama’s had a law licenses at one time. However they both had their licenses taken away quite a few years ago and were no longer allowed to practice Law. As one of my teachers used to ask me “What is your source for your totally wrong information you gave in this post, or did you just make it up! Make sure your information is true before you slander the First Lady of the United States! As it stands now, you made a complete Ass of yourself!

        • Harry Nagel

          April 25, 2018 at 8:42 pm

          no oruck Obama lied on his application to take the bar exam and was not permitted to apply again. He was asked if he had any alias’s. I can assure you he did the lie on purpose because he knew there was no chance of him passing the bar exam. It was a way out only

        • bluejeanne

          April 27, 2018 at 9:47 pm

          I don’t need a textual source for this comment about Michelle’s alleged daughters. Just go on the net and you’ll see pictures of their best friends who evidently rented their daughters out so the Obamas would have a “family” before he ran for Illinois Senator. The pictures clearly show that Malia is thin & tall like her real father and resembles him facially. Sasha has the same body type as her real mother and is the spitting image of her mom. From the pictures of the Obamas’ vacations, you can see their real parents join them.

      • ddneth

        April 23, 2018 at 6:15 am

        What a disgusting comment about our current FLOTUS…not one word of truth was in your post..Shame on you!

      • trekker

        April 23, 2018 at 7:05 am

        All was better unsaid…

      • K38

        April 23, 2018 at 7:12 am

        Very great read about the Obamas. Melania is a classy woman. She is smart, owns her own business. So what she posed nude. If I had a body like that, I might also.
        This story on Barbara Bush is just one along with many. Workers talk on how they were treated by past first ladies.

      • Irish

        April 23, 2018 at 7:33 am

        Michelle never learned how to dress properly. A woman does not wear a
        printed dress to meet the Pope. Not leaving an airplane in shorts with a tee and open shirt. Ugh

      • sluggo

        April 23, 2018 at 10:25 am

        Barack obamas’ intelligence was, and IS, highly over rated, and even his students in Chicago have stated he was NOT a popular instructor, nor were his classes very good.

        Michelle herself admitted that she was “not good at testing”…in other words, she was dumb as a box of rocks, but got where she did simply out of quotas and political correctness to as another negro to where ever she applies for school or work.

        Both of the obamas’ disliked, even hated America, and took every opportunity to criticize our nation, White people, our culture, our founding, Christianity, our constitution, our flag, and our anthem. They are despicable people.

        As far as your use of “racism”, the obamas’ were the two worst racists to ever inhabit the White House…and illegally at that…and obama deliberately spread his racism throughout this country creating the tremendous racial divide that we see in the news every day now.

        Obama is the worst president this nation has ever…and hopefully WILL EVER…see.

      • Sniper Mom

        April 23, 2018 at 10:52 am

        I certainly do feel sorry for you and your ilk. Your kind will never know peace or self respect. Why waste so much time and energy in denigrating another with lies and hate? Jealousy and blind hatred are truly sad. I do hope you seek help.

        • John

          April 23, 2018 at 6:23 pm

          Sniper Mom
          Galatians 4:16
          Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth?

          If you have seen or read anything other than your Bible during the Obama years you should know more than you appear to present.
          Sluggo pretty much presented you the facts.

      • Lee

        April 23, 2018 at 1:13 pm

        Speaking of idiot you are the biggest idiot in the world. If you think the Obama’s are so smart it shows just how dumb you are as the obama’s has done more to take America down than any president in my life time.

        • Teresa Morehead

          April 23, 2018 at 5:39 pm

          I agree with you Lee!

        • Ann Snyder

          May 1, 2018 at 7:08 pm

          Lee ,Obama was smart enough to give our money away to Iran !!

      • Shelba J Holmes

        April 23, 2018 at 4:03 pm

        You are truly pathetic.

      • Ltpar

        April 23, 2018 at 4:42 pm

        You sound like a real bimbo yourself and a “Snowflake” to boot. While I am not a big fan of the Bush Family I can state without hesitation that Barbara Bush had more class in her little finger than you do in your entire body. The same applies to Melania Trump. Crawl back in your dark hole and shut your big mouth. .

      • Tara

        April 23, 2018 at 4:44 pm

        She was not a illegal alien. She studied & got her citizenship. She speaks 5 languages.

      • M. Miles

        April 23, 2018 at 7:55 pm

        Ga. Peach.. Wow, now I am totally informed about the real Melania. So impressed. BAZENGA as Sheldon would say when joking. You make me ashamed to be a woman from Georgia. You are sooo uninformed. You should apologize for even
        making a comment on here.

      • dfinch

        April 23, 2018 at 8:27 pm

        Glenn Beck got this from a 3rd/4th rate website to this very day has been unverifiable. When Beck was Fox you dems called him a liar. Now he’s a truthsayer? How much more hypocritical can you get?

      • jerseybadger

        April 23, 2018 at 8:48 pm

        hey Georgia, you’re a rotten peach , all your facts are WRONG. Get your head out of your butt and do a little real truth searching, stop listening to Glen Beck and stop being such a damn easy to lead fool. Baaaa!

      • Terry

        April 23, 2018 at 9:12 pm

        Georgia Peach it seems you are a bitter person who likes to spread lies about other folks. Grow up and get a life. Unless you know these people in person you know nothing. Stop listening to the news media and reading fake news. You look like a total jack ass.

      • kotoc

        April 23, 2018 at 9:34 pm

        There’s one in every crowd… someone who likes to display their hatred and stupidity at the most inappropriate times… Georgia Peach… you are contemptible!

      • Steve Ruble

        April 23, 2018 at 9:59 pm

        Peach…you are an absolute prime time example of one with Liberal Intelligence…..

      • mh46

        April 23, 2018 at 10:47 pm

        Racism is NOT a mental disorder; it is a built-in defensive response of the human genetics, alerting individuals to the presence of people outside your own group.

      • JD

        April 24, 2018 at 2:56 am

        WOW! You have serious issues! How sad for you that you’re so full of hate you felt it necessary to comment as you did on a post in which people were remembering nice things about a former first lady who was loved and held in such high esteem by so many and had just passed. Very sad for you.

      • Timothy O'Hare

        April 26, 2018 at 12:17 am

        The REAL serious Mental Disorder is LIBERALISM.

        • Stella Honeycutt

          April 28, 2018 at 4:29 am

          Timothy. I believe you are correct. People have different opinions and they are entitled to them. Humans have good and bad habits. Humans prefer friends who they think are like them. If you are somewhat different than they, you are not worthy to be their friend.

      • Stella Honeycutt

        April 28, 2018 at 4:05 am

        Barbara unless you are without Sin and only Jesus Christ was without sin. God himself will Judge us all, Sinners and Saints alike. Michele and Melanie are people like us all, with feet of clay. Barack and Trump are in the same category as the rest of humans. God treats us all alike. He doesn’t have special people. We are all Special with God.

        • Stella Honeycutt

          April 28, 2018 at 4:36 am

          I made a comment to Barbara in above post, but it was for Georgia Peach. Please forgive me Barbara. Stella Honeycutt April 28 at 4:05 PM

        • Dee

          April 29, 2018 at 8:04 pm

          You may be as shocked as I was to find many scriptures about how God HATES some people. It was a worker of Satan who coined the phrase, “God loves everybody”. That is a lie. God loves His children, those who have accepted His Son, Jesus Christ as their Lord. God calls the rest “bastards and not sons”. Satan wants everyone to believe God loves everyone because they will reason within themselves that God loves them and won’t send them to hell for their sins. See how cunning the devil is? Lev.20-23, Peoverbs6-16, Psalms5-5,Hosea 9-15,Psalms 11-5 even says God hates their soul!

      • Bobbup

        April 29, 2018 at 12:00 am

        If Obama was so brilliant, why were his records sealed? Why did he (and his Mrs.) lose their licenses to practice law? Talk about mental disorders, talk about racist? Those two hit it in spades. Oops, did that sound racist? My bad!

      • suzie

        April 29, 2018 at 12:15 pm


      • Dee

        April 29, 2018 at 7:51 pm

        LOL Michelle is a man and has no class like her classless husband who took as many as 9 men to their private quarters for sex every day he was in the WH according to another Secret Service member.

      • Ann Snyder

        May 1, 2018 at 3:38 pm

        Yes the Obama’s were equal all right . They both had to give up their law degrees.And Obama had a mental disorder for racism because he was white and black.He hated whites as well as America. Look what he did to America before he left office.Georgia peach,if you have ignored all the wrong Obama has done ,well its all coming out. And by the way he is no longer admired by other countries because of all the criminal things he has done to the US.

    • Barbara P. Turner

      April 23, 2018 at 4:54 am

      Nice sentiments but the FLOTUS’ name is MELANIA not Melanie.

      • Ruth Collins

        April 23, 2018 at 5:01 am

        Thank you for correcting that name. Also, I want to thank Melania for going in person to honor Barbara Bush and her family. I am so proud of Melania. She is a genuine, classy lady who really cares about others and is doing an excellent job as FLOTUS!

      • Stella Honeycutt

        April 28, 2018 at 4:47 am

        Barbara P. Turner: I did not know how to spell her name, however they had two ways to spell her name Melania is a Nice lady and I voted for her husband Donald and proud that I did.

    • Alicia

      April 23, 2018 at 5:03 am


    • sluggo

      April 23, 2018 at 10:14 am

      I think Melania always shows class…Hollywood and the press just try to criticize every move she makes.

      As far as the Barbara Bush story…it’s a very nice memory of another classy first lady…perhaps it should be forwarded to the liberal democrat haters running Fresno State.

    • Maria Ebrahimi

      April 23, 2018 at 2:52 pm

      I agree with your comments.

  5. Kathleen

    April 23, 2018 at 4:05 am

    She was so special and nice. Elegant and kind. Love her and the whole family!!

  6. SJCharlie

    April 23, 2018 at 4:05 am

    Great story! She will be missed.

  7. Charlene

    April 23, 2018 at 4:15 am

    The goal is not to live forever, but to create something that does. She did that.
    Thank you for this heart warming story! ♥

  8. Carole Barrett

    April 23, 2018 at 4:17 am

    I am not believing Facebook will not allow me to share this article. They say it is offensive to some FB members so it is blocked. How low is that?! This classy lady, leaving behind two beautiful memories for her security personnel is offensive??

    • Charlene

      April 23, 2018 at 6:14 am

      I’ve notified Ted Cruz about Facebook blocking this site, he can add it to his list to smack Zuckerberg with!

    • suzie

      April 29, 2018 at 12:33 pm


  9. Joy

    April 23, 2018 at 4:17 am

    Nothing much more to add to the accolades pouring in about Barbara Bush! Indeed, she really set the bar high for any and ALL future First Ladies!!


    April 23, 2018 at 4:19 am

    She was an amazing women who will be missed by many.

  11. Caryn Jaeschke

    April 23, 2018 at 4:39 am

    We’ve lost a great one!

  12. Maggie

    April 23, 2018 at 4:52 am

    First of all, I a so very RESPECT a very Wonderful and Loving First Lady, Barbara Bush. She is and always will be an ICON as one of the very BEST! I am also a 100% supporter of President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump!


    April 23, 2018 at 4:54 am


  14. Maida

    April 23, 2018 at 6:16 am

    I realize now just how fortunate I am to have had such a wonderful woman as the First Lady in my lifetime! Those who follow in her footsteps in that position hopefully will learn from her example. Barbara P. Bush was a true American, with Grace, Style and Humility!! Rest In Peace. You will truly be missed!

  15. Rae Frederick

    April 23, 2018 at 6:46 am

    Warning: This Message Contains Blocked Content
    Your message couldn’t be sent because it includes content that other people on Facebook have reported as abusive.

    This is a copy & paste of the message I got when attempting to share this article to FB.

    • jerseybadger

      April 23, 2018 at 8:54 pm

      yeah I got that too

      • DBA

        April 24, 2018 at 11:13 am

        I get that quite often. “FAKE BOOK”

  16. Sharon Jeanguenat

    April 23, 2018 at 7:10 am

    She was a lady, & that’s one reason liberals hated her.

  17. John

    April 23, 2018 at 8:54 am

    Class is a gift, like respect which is earned. Your passing just reminds me of the enduring relationship I have with my wife. She is the best of what I am as a husband and friend. God Speed Mrs Bush.

  18. PoetGirl37

    April 23, 2018 at 9:37 am

    Such a beautiful story thank you for sharing,especially when you didn’t have to. Barbara Bush was such a kind and classy First Lady and will be terribly missed.

    My heart goes out to the Bush family for the loss of your loved one. May time ease your pain and make it bearable.

  19. Dave Chappell

    April 23, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    You can’t hide grace and class

  20. Greg

    April 23, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    Barbara Bush was nicked named “Mamma Bush” by her security detail She made a point to take care the men & women in charge of her security. One particular snowy night in Maine, she took blankets for the agents to wrap up in who were having to be outside.. These agents had great affection for her!! That’s a legacy not to be forgotten!

  21. Dave Shope

    April 23, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    She was a Class act from the begining till the end. Rest in piece Barbara!

  22. Verneoz

    April 23, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    Barbara Bush was genuine. She, like all of us, had flaws. Hers were like an endangered species…very hard to find. Already, we have seen and heard the inevitable rude, crass, and hate-filled remarks by those on the left that hated what Barbara Bush stood for. Their remarks are a sharp, false contrast to what a real, and giving person of enormous class and intellectual strength Barbara Bush was.

  23. DJ

    April 23, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    I would dare say you will not hear kind words about Michelle Obama.

    • Stella Honeycutt

      April 28, 2018 at 5:01 am

      I would not say that as voters, voted for her husband. He ran the government as he saw fit. you or I wouldn’t do it his way but we were not voted into that office and do not know what Obama went through during those 8 years. I did not vote for him but he won The Electoral College Votes and that is good enough for me.

  24. Mandy

    April 23, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    I wonder if Hillary is regretting how mean and rude she has been over her “career” to the Secret Service people. I have read stories of the SS reporting Hillary throwing things and being mean and angry which they observed. What will be the stories after she is gone.

    • Sandi Hodnett

      April 25, 2018 at 6:03 pm

      I agree with you Mandy! It is going to be entertaining to say the least! The MSM will have a hard time white-washing the horror stories about Hillary once she is gone. What a legacy she will leave behind and she will have brought it upon herself.

  25. Roberto

    April 23, 2018 at 8:45 pm

    What do I think? Clickbait headline.
    There was no “last request” much less an “ASTOUNDING LAST REQUEST”

    You do Mrs. Bush and the cause of truth great disservice with National Inquirer rubbish headlines.

    Mrs. Bush was a tremendous American and does not need such exaggeration.

  26. Thomas Lannan

    April 23, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    You’ll never hear of a Democrat doing something as down to earth as that.

  27. me

    April 24, 2018 at 6:08 am

    Please do not use misleading headlines. What was her ‘last request?’ This sort of a statement has specific implications when someone has recently passed. Please be more honest and respectful of readers. If your headlines are misleading it calls the content of the articles into question as well. People want to know what is going on- you don’t have to mislead people.

  28. Rita Magadieu Parker

    April 24, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    Some where in my Memories and pictures I have a small letter from Mrs.She wrote to me during the debates. Why me I don’t have a clue and we never met. I will not reveal, I wrote a reply, but Jeb had pulled out and i didn’t think it was necessary. I remember they had a pet name for her. I believe it was the “Silver Fox.” She was that but she was a Lady , and I will love and miss her.

  29. Alma

    April 25, 2018 at 5:45 am

    It would be amazing, wonderful, peaceful and like living in heaven if all the people in the world were a clone of Barbara Bush.
    What a saint and such a lady. Please forgive me Barbara for learning who you really were, after it was too late to express my appreciation. You are definitely an angel with God!!

  30. William Richard Nicholson FB

    April 28, 2018 at 4:06 am

    Most people have no idea what wealthy & influential people are like unless they have personal contact on a regular basis. If no such knowledge; please do not condemn someone you really don’t know !

  31. bolongabad

    April 29, 2018 at 12:23 am

    GEORGIA PEACH you are a demented ignoramus person. I see envy in your pathetic little mind.

  32. suzie

    April 29, 2018 at 12:20 pm


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