bush on anti-depressants?
- CAPITOL HILL BLUE: PRESIDENT USING POWERFUL DRUGS
TERESA HAMPTON, CAPITOL HILL BLUE - President George
W. Bush is taking
powerful anti-depressant drugs to control his erratic
and paranoia, Capitol Hill Blue has learned. The
administered by Col. Richard J. Tubb, the White House
the President's mental faculties and decrease both his
and his ability to respond to a crisis, administration
privately. "It's a double-edged sword," says one aide.
"We can't have
flying off the handle at the slightest provocation but
we also need a
President who is alert mentally."
Tubb prescribed the anti-depressants after a
clearly-upset Bush stormed
stage on July 8, refusing to answer reporters'
questions about his
relationship with indicted Enron executive Kenneth J.
Lay. "Keep those
motherfuckers away from me," he screamed at an aide
backstage. "If you
can't, I'll find someone who can.". . .
Bush is an admitted alcoholic, although he never
sought treatment in a
formal program, and stories about his cocaine use as a
his campaigns for Texas governor and his first
campaign for President.
Although the exact drugs Bush takes to control his
are not known, White House sources say they are
designed to bring his erratic actions under control.
While Col. Tubb
regularly releases a synopsis of the President's
the President's health and any drugs or treatment he
may receive are
public record and are guarded zealously by the
secretive cadre of aides
surround the President. . .
One long-time GOP political consultant who - for
obvious reasons -
to be identified said he is advising his Republican
to keep their distance from Bush. "We have to face the
that the President of the United States is loony
tunes," he says sadly.
"That's not good for my candidates, it's not good for
the party and
certainly not good for the country."