Thursday, January 12, 2006

Oh, Oh, is he back on the wagon?

Original Article at

January 3, 2006

Bush's drinking and drug use must be investigated

By Doug Thompson

It is my belief that President George W. Bush is
drinking again. Even worse, he may be mixing alcohol
and anti-depressants -- a dangerous combination for
anyone, let alone the so-called leader of the free

No, I don’t have any proof of this, just random events
and comments from those who work in and around the
Bush administration and who tell me the President has
acted in ways that suggest the use of alcohol and
drugs. I’m a recovering alcoholic (sober 11 years, six
months and 24 days) and I’ve run across a lot of
relapsed drinkers who show the same symptoms as the
President, including:

* Blacking out while watching television alone;
* Slurred speech and stammering responses to simple
* Anger and hostility in front of staff members;
* Unexplained bruises on his face;
* Trouble remembering recent events or comments.

During his trip to Mongolia last November, Bush openly
sampled the local drink Airag, which is fermented milk
with an alcohol content ranging from three to twelve
percent. In other words, booze.

This was the same trip where Bush tried to evade
reporters’ question by attempting to walk out a locked
door and then turned sheepishly to the cameras and
said he was “jet-lagged.” Some at the event said his
stride was unsteady and his speech slurred.

“According to reports, President Bush may be drinking
again,” David Letterman said in a late-night
monologue. “And I thought, "Well, why not? He's got
everybody else drinking.”

Rumors that Bush was hitting the bottle surfaced in
Washington two years ago. Sources told us the
President was using anti-depressants in 2004 and we
reported the story. The same sources told us last year
he was drinking again and we reported it in August.
The National Enquirer also ran a front page story on
it but no mainstream media outlet picked up on the

On August 27 of last year, the Houston Chronicle
reported on a party at Bush’s ranch, noting that:

Nothing the president said could be quoted, but it's
rare that reporters get uninterrupted access to him
for 90 minutes, particularly when beer is served.
Bush, who gave up drinking years ago, drank a
non-alcoholic Buckler.

In Alcoholics Anonymous, we are warned to stay away
from so-called “non-alcoholic” beers or “near beer” as
it is called. The brew does, in fact, contain some
alcohol and can trigger a renewed desire for more.

The November issue of the Journal Alcoholism: Clinical
& Experimental Research, cites a study by team of
California scientists who report that just the smell
of non-alcoholic beer may be enough to trigger
cravings and a subsequent relapse among certain

In my original articles about Bush’s bouts with anger
and depression, I quoted Dr. Gerald Frank, a George
Washington University psychiatrist and author of the
book: Bush on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the

“Two questions that the press seems particularly
determined to ignore have hung silently in the air
since before Bush took office,” Dr. Frank says. “Is he
still drinking? And if not, is he impaired by all the
years he did spend drinking? Both questions need to be
addressed in any serious assessment of his
psychological state.”

Dr. Frank’s analysis of the President, which is based
on watching and reading and not actual treatment of
Bush, agrees with those who have told me the President
is also taking anti-depressants.

“In writing about Bush's halting appearance in a press
conference just before the start of the Iraq War,
Washington Post media critic Tom Shales speculated
that ‘the president may have been ever so slightly
medicated,’” he said.

Dr. Frank explains Bush’s behavior as all-to-typical
of an alcoholic who is still in denial:

“The pattern of blame and denial, which recovering
alcoholics work so hard to break, seems to be
ingrained in the alcoholic personality; it's rarely
limited to his or her drinking,” he adds. “The habit
of placing blame and denying responsibility is so
prevalent in George W. Bush's personal history that it
is apparently triggered by even the mildest threat.”

None of this, of course, proves Bush is drinking again
or taking anti-depressants. The only evidence we have
of Bush drinking is the sampling of a local,
alcohol-based drink in Mongolia and his consumption of
so-called non-alcoholic beer at a party in Crawford,

But my instincts tell me he is doing both alcohol and
drugs and I believe as both a journalist and a
recovering alcoholic that he needs to prove to
Americans that he is not attempting to govern while
under the influence.

Blogger Mark Kleiman, writing in The Reality Based
Community, notes:

Moreover, with rare exceptions (e.g., the John Tower
affair) the press seems very reluctant to mention
heavy drinking by officials, even when it's widely
known. Ted Kennedy's drinking gets an occasional
mention, but I'd bet that most of Pat Moynihan's
constiuents never knew their brilliant senator faced a
permanent battle with the bottle. If Gary Hart's
drinking problem has ever made the newspapers, I've
missed it, though his behavior in the Donna Rice
affair made it pretty obvious. Those in the know
understood that the frequent media references to Bill
Weld's "laziness" as Governor of Massachusetts
referred to his persistent difficulty in keeping
himself vertical after lunch, but again the voters
didn't. Even foreign leaders get the same delicate
treatment: Boris Yeltsin's "erratic" behavior was in
fact quite regular and predictable, once vodka was
entered into the equation.

Kleiman is right about Moynihan’s drinking. You could
find the Senator at Capitol Hill watering holes most
any night, lunching in many different directions at
once while slurping down his drinks. A number of
members of Congress are notorious drunks but their
antics are almost never reported by the press unless
they get nailed for DUI or caught frolicking nude in
the Tidal Basin.

As a journalist, it is my duty to raise questions
about the fitness of any elected leader. One may argue
over whether or not it is proper to print speculation
but, in this case, I believe it is justified.

I’m doing my job. I just wish the so-called
“mainstream” media would do theirs.

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At 10:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check out the last picture on the page linked below. Bush drinking quite recently on film.

At 10:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Google for the 1994 video of him debating. He used to be quite articulate, before alcohol and drug induced brain damage set in and the effects of his continued drinking and/or prescription drug abuse became evident.


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