Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Bush on the sauce

Back on the Sauce, Prez snot slinging, commode hugging drunk

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 emotionally
drained.

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 control."

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 days!"

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

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