National publication reports Bush doing shots again.
- Now this may be a cheap shot, but as a former broadcaster I think
that the fact this was even printed in a national publication, which
is prone to public backlash, makes this a news story.
You know you're in trouble when the National Enquirer goes after you.
They're sleezy, they're seedy, and they pay for news tips, but many
times they are correct. And for the most part they have been hard on
Democrats. Looks like the tide is turning.
BUSH'S BOOZE CRISIS
By JENNIFER LUCE and DON GENTILE
Faced with the biggest crisis of his political life, President Bush
has hit the bottle again, The National Enquirer can reveal.
Bush, who said he quit drinking the morning after his 40th birthday,
has started boozing amid the Katrina catastrophe.
Family sources have told how the 59-year-old president was caught by
First Lady Laura downing a shot of booze at their family ranch in
Crawford, Texas, when he learned of the hurricane disaster.
His worried wife yelled at him: "Stop, George."
Following the shocking incident, disclosed here for the first time,
Laura privately warned her husband against "falling off the wagon"
and vowed to travel with him more often so that she can keep an eye
on Dubya, the sources add.
"When the levees broke in New Orleans, it apparently made him reach
for a shot," said one insider. "He poured himself a Texas-sized shot
of straight whiskey and tossed it back. The First Lady was shocked
and shouted: "Stop George!"
"Laura gave him an ultimatum before, 'It's Jim Beam or me.' She
doesn't want to replay that nightmare especially now when it's such
tough going for her husband."
Bush is under the worst pressure of his two terms in office and his
popularity is near an all-time low. The handling of the Katrina
crisis and troop losses in Iraq have fueled public discontent and
pushed Bush back to drink.
A Washington source said: "The sad fact is that he has been sneaking
drinks for weeks now. Laura may have only just caught him but the
word is his drinking has been going on for a while in the capital.
He's been in a pressure cooker for months.
"The war in Iraq, the loss of American lives, has deeply affected
him. He takes every soldier's life personally. It has left him
The result is he's taking drinks here and there, likely in private,
to cope. "And now with the worst domestic crisis in his
administration over Katrina, you pray his drinking doesn't go out of
Another source said: "I'm only surprised to hear that he hadn't taken
a shot sooner. Before Katrina, he was at his wit's end. I've known
him for years. He's been a good ol' Texas boy forever. George had a
drinking problem for years that most professionals would say needed
therapy. He doesn't believe in it [therapy], he never got it. He
drank his way through his youth, through college and well into his
thirties. Everyone's drinking around him."
Another source said: "A family member told me they fear George
is 'falling apart.' The First Lady has been assigned the job of
gatekeeper." Bush's history of drinking dates back to his youth.
Speaking of his time as a young man in the National Guard, he has
said: "One thing I remember, and I'm most proud of, is my drinking
and partying. Those were the days my friends. Those were the good old
Age 26 in 1972, he reportedly rounded off a night's boozing with his
16-year-old brother Marvin by challenging his father to a fight.
On November 1, 2000, on the eve of his first presidential election,
Bush acknowledged that in 1976 he was arrested for driving under the
influence of alcohol near his parents' home in Maine. Age 30 at the
time, Bush pleaded guilty and paid a $150 fine. His driving
privileges were temporarily suspended in Maine.
"I'm not proud of that," he said. "I made some mistakes. I
occasionally drank too much, and I did that night. I learned my
lesson." In another interview around that time, he said: "Well, I
don't think I had an addiction. You know it's hard for me to say.
I've had friends who were, you know, very addicted... and they
required hitting bottom (to start) going to AA. I don't think that
was my case."
During his 2000 presidential campaign, there were also persistent
questions about past cocaine use. Eventually Bush denied using
cocaine after 1992, then quickly extended the cocaine-free period
back to 1974, when he was 28.
Dr. Justin Frank, a Washington D.C. psychiatrist and author of Bush
On The Couch: Inside The Mind Of The President, told The National
Enquirer: "I do think that Bush is drinking again. Alcoholics who are
not in any program, like the President, have a hard time when stress
gets to be great.
"I think it's a concern that Bush disappears during times of stress.
He spends so much time on his ranch. It's very frightening."
Published on: 09/21/2005
- Maybe he's realizing that he was a bit off in his
estimated casualty count of 0, as he told Pat
Robertson before the Iraq invasion. If he's drinking
(I first heard rumors in 2003 from a friend who got
it from Bill Moyer's film crew ), it may indicate that
there is a conscience back there somewhere. It will
be interesting to see if he is more from the LBJ
school of politically-motivated war-mongering or the
Nixon camp where it never sinks in.
--- Ram Lau <ramlau@...> wrote:
As if he's ever gone through any hardship in Bush
President george w bush
Supreme court justices
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