Newly disclosed documents, acquired through a Freedom of Information Act request, have provided further details about the passing of the personal chef for Barack and Michelle Obama. This development has not only shed light on the tragic event but also raised additional inquiries. The information regarding this unfortunate incident was brought to light during an episode of the Fox News program “Jesse Watters Primetime” last week.
“According to the report, Obama was on the scene shortly after Campbell went missing,” Watters said. “The report also states an unnamed female staffer jumped into the water when Tafari fell off his board, but it was already too late. He disappeared.”
“We also now know that Secret Service has surveillance footage of Campbell from Obama’s compound moments before he entered the water,” the host said.
“So we’re going to see if we can get that, and we may have that for you. Again, we’re very, very sorry for Tafari’s family. That was a serious, serious tragedy,” he said.
The details were acquired by the legal oversight organization Judicial Watch and shared on their website. It’s worth noting that certain key individuals and locations in the report were redacted.
“The documents were produced to Judicial Watch in response to a July 25, 2003, Massachusetts Public Records Law request for all records relating to the death of Campbell,” the group said.
“The documents show Campbell’s family told police that he had taken swimming lessons in 2019 but described his ability as ‘not a great swimmer.’ The drowning occurred in Edgartown Great Pond, which Massachusetts Environmental Police estimated ‘to be approximately seven to eight feet deep,’” it said.
“The records also show a female eyewitness, an Obama employee whose name is redacted, told state police that she saw Campbell ‘fall off his paddleboard, began splashing and became extremely panicked, yelling for help and subsequently went underwater very quickly.’ By the time she reached his paddleboard, the witness said Campbell had ‘disappeared into the extremely murky’ water,” Judicial Watch said.
The group also said that, according to the records, “Barack Obama arrived at the emergency response scene via motorcade.”
“The next morning, the eyewitness was interviewed in the Obama residence, seemingly with Barack Obama again present,” Judicial Watch noted.
Previously, there were no indications that the former president was present at the location. In fact, initial reports suggested that the former first couple was not at home or in the vicinity at that moment.
Additionally, new audio surfaced last week, after being acquired by the UK’s Daily Mail, featuring a frantic phone call from a Secret Service agent to 911.
“We have a male drowning in the back of the property now,” said an agent who was identified as Dave in the first of two 911 calls after Tafari Campbell, 45, fell off his board into the Edgartown Great Pond and vanished under the surface for an entire day.
“We have our rescue swimmers, they’re attempting to go out there right now,” Dave told a dispatcher, per heavily redacted audio revealed by the outlet.
Dave’s initial emergency call took place at approximately 7:46 p.m. During the call, he informed a dispatcher that a swimmer and another Secret Service agent had embarked on a boat in an attempt to reach Campbell. These individuals were not present when Campbell drowned, but an unidentified person had alerted them to the situation.
“It’s not clear from the call who the individual was, but previous reporting indicates it was a second, female Obama staffer who desperately tried to save her coworker when he went underwater,” the New York Post reported.
Dave said: “Someone came running up to our back post, saying a gentleman, it’s just a guest of the house, is out there drowning.”
According to The Post, Dave experienced a brief pause while searching for words after the dispatcher inquired about whether they required an ambulance or water rescue assistance. He expressed uncertainty about the situation “in the rear of the property.”
“They didn’t advise right now. I would say at least an ambulance,” Dave said.