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The Secret Service: Protecting the President Everywhere

May 15, 2019

DALLAS (May 14, 2019) – On May 21, the George W. Bush Presidential Center will present “The Secret Service: Protecting the President Everywhere,” part of the “Engage at the Bush Center, Presented by Highland Capital Management” series. Auditorium seating for this event is sold out, but reduced price overflow seating remains available at bushcenter.org.  The program will also be livestreamed at bushcenter.org and via Facebook Live.

A distinguished panel of former U.S. Secret Service agents will pull back the curtain and discuss all that goes into protecting the President of the United States.  The former agents will discuss the intricacies and coordination required to protect the President everywhere, including while getting away from Washington and even during overseas travel.

The former U.S. Secret Service agents participating are: Larry Buendorf, who intervened during an assassination attempt on President Gerald Ford in 1975, grabbing the gun from assailant Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme and forcing her to the ground; Joe Clancy, former director of the U.S. Secret Service and head of the protective division; Kathleen Flatley, who led the design, plan, and implementation of the federal operational security plan for the NATO 50th Anniversary Summit in Washington D.C., which was attended by 150 heads of state; and Nick Trotta, who was a member of President Bush’s protective detail on 9/11 and was on the field at Yankee Stadium as President Bush threw out the first pitch before Game 3 of the 2001 World Series.  Former White House advisor Spence Geissinger will moderate the conversation, which is sure to be both informative and entertaining.  

Tickets include access to the Bush Center’s special exhibit, Presidential Retreats: Away from the White House. The exhibit showcases Camp David, the Presidential retreat in the Maryland countryside, as well as Prairie Chapel Ranch in Crawford, Texas, LBJ Ranch in Stonewall, Texas, and Walker’s Point in Kennebunkport, Maine.

The Engage public programming series brings newsmakers, thought leaders, and innovators to the Bush Center. Thought-provoking lectures and discussions allow visitors to connect with the Bush Center in a new way and dive deeper into many of the issues and policy areas that matter most.


WHEN:                  May 21, 2019

                              Event begins at 6:30 p.m.

                              Security sweep prior to event


WHERE:                George W. Bush Presidential Center

                              2943 SMU Boulevard

                              Dallas, Texas 75205


MEDIA RSVP:     https://forms.bushcenter.org/credentials

                            Media should apply for credentials no later than Friday, May 17.

For more information, please visit www.bushcenter.org/engage or email Katie Kardell at kkardell@bushcenter.org. “The Secret Service: Protecting the President Everywhere” will also be broadcast via Facebook Live and at www.bushcenter.org.


About the Bush Center:

Rooted in the guiding principles of President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush, the George W. Bush Presidential Center engages communities in the United States and around the world by developing leaders, advancing policy, and taking action to solve today’s most pressing challenges. Through three Impact Centers – Domestic Excellence, Global Leadership, and an Engagement Agenda – the Bush Institute delivers measurable results that save and improve lives. The Bush Center is home to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, which is operated by the National Archives and Records Administration, and the George W. Bush Institute, the nonpartisan, public-policy arm of the Bush Center. The Bush Center is located on the campus of SMU in Dallas, Texas, and also includes a 15-acre park; Café 43, a full-service restaurant; and a Museum Store.