Secret Service agents have been with George H. W. Bush and his wife Barbara Bush since 1989. They must remain professional, but there is no denying that many agents grow to care for the people they protect to some extent. This is exemplified by a photo of two Secret Service agents refusing to leave the side of Barbara’s casket.
On Friday, Barbara was laid to rest at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas. She touched thousands of people’s lives when she was First Lady and continued to work to make America a better place even after her time in the White House.
It’s no surprise that Barbara had a strong influence on many lives —even the Secret Service members sworn to protect her.
“Agents on her detail, they’re the ones posted around her house all of the time. They’re the ones who bring her shopping. They’re the ones who bring her to events. They are family to her,” said Thom Bolsch, a former Secret Service agent who was tasked to protect the Bush family. “She was one of the most gracious people we’ve ever protected.”
He went on to rave about how the Secret Service agents in her household were treated like family. “She went out of her way to make us feel like part of the Bush family. It was just a wonderful relationship we had.”
The unnamed agents, who have been a part of the protective detail for Barbara Bush for quite some time now, have faithfully remained at her side, refusing to leave until she is buried, according to John Lopez, a local Huston reported.
“Barbara Bush’s Secret Service detail, several of whom have been with her for decades, refuse to leave her side until she is buried. Very powerful,” he wrote on Twitter.
Since her passing, even former Secret Service agents for the former First Lady have come out to praise remember her and speak fondly of her. Former agent Jonathan Wackrow, who wrote a powerful CNN article on Barbara, said her code name was “Tranquility,” which couldn’t have been more fitting.
“It exemplified her demeanor and its calming, humanizing and gentle effect on those around her. She will be forever missed.”