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Date: January 15, 2003 at 13:42:16
From: Ted Guillaum, [170.141.109.74]
Subject: Re: 1979 Delta Queen Presidential trip


We only had 2 weeks notice that the President was going to take the trip. The Pilot House received a message to pull into Chester, Illinois in order for some people to come aboard to look at the boat for a possible charter. Of course they were a group of Secret Service men dressed in their dark suits, sunglasses, the works. I remember telling the other Pursers after seeing them that this looked like it was going to be a FUN LOVING charter. When they left the boat after a couple of hours of inspection and we were under way, the captain announced over the PA system that those men were Secret Service and the President of the United States was going to take a trip in 2 weeks. We kept waiting for the punch line but of course it was true. A special crew would come aboard early each morning to paint the entire outside and then we would put them off each evening. An advanced detail of Secret Service rode for at least one week prior to the trip, running special telephone lines within the boat and setting up a command post in one of the cabins. The agent that I dealt with most of the time requested a bulletin board to hang on the wall of the command post. So on a Sunday morning in St. Paul I was out trying to find a bulletin board in a town that was mostly closed for church, that I was not too familiar with, and on foot. I found one but for the life of me cannot remember where. There were lots of minor miracles performed in those very short two weeks prior to the President and family.


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