Tuesday, August 12

CBS Confirms Bush Drinking Again

An incendiary news leak in 2007 helps account for recent White House policy decisions.

Days before the 2000 presidential elections, Republican challenger George Bush admitted his 1976 DUI arrest, although he downplayed any problems with alcohol.

Earlier in the campaign, he told the Washington Post he wasn't an alcoholic. "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."

But by 2002, Alan Bisbort of the Hartford Advocate had seen enough of the new commander-in-chief to conclude Bush had exhibited signs of being a "dry drunk," an alcoholic who has stopped drinking but whose underlying personality problems remain untreated. In addition, because Bush's grandfather Prescott, a senator from Connecticut (1952-1963), also reportedly "drank to excess," the grandson would have had a genetic predisposition to do so as well.

A year ago this past June, a report, accompanied with photos (and BBC video clip here), revealed Bush sharing a beer with a blonde in Germany. Then CBS Late Night host Craig Ferguson produced a video clip of a clearly inebriated George Bush at a news conference later that year, either in August or September.

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