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Sun Feb 10, 2013, 06:46 PM

George W. Bush and Alcohol Use During His Presidency

Have any new stories come out concerning Bush and drinking during his presidency? I have of course seen the photos from European visits that seem to show empty wine and beer glasses laying around the table and the pictures from a baseball game where he seemed intoxicated to me. What I have not heard about is anyone that was close to him during his presidency coming out and saying that he was drinking. One would think that there are people that know for sure whether he was ever drunk while president, I mean the smell alone would have had to have been detectable by people that were near him but not in his direct employment like foreign leaders, security people, interpreters whomever.

Has anyone gone on record?

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Reply George W. Bush and Alcohol Use During His Presidency (Original post)
vogonity Feb 2013 OP
Siwsan Feb 2013 #1
hatrack Feb 2013 #4
Siwsan Feb 2013 #8
Initech Feb 2013 #11
malaise Feb 2013 #19
Terra Alta Feb 2013 #23
MarianJack Feb 2013 #2
leveymg Feb 2013 #3
MrSlayer Feb 2013 #5
Sheldon Cooper Feb 2013 #17
Duer 157099 Feb 2013 #6
fleur-de-lisa Feb 2013 #21
Archae Feb 2013 #7
Ian David Feb 2013 #9
Mopar151 Feb 2013 #10
lunatica Feb 2013 #12
Sheldon Cooper Feb 2013 #18
apocalypsehow Feb 2013 #13
Cleita Feb 2013 #14
msongs Feb 2013 #15
krispos42 Feb 2013 #16
tjwash Feb 2013 #20
Neoma Feb 2013 #22
LeftInTX Feb 2013 #24
tavernier Feb 2013 #25
Warpy Feb 2013 #26

Response to vogonity (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 06:49 PM

1. I never heard of anyone going on record, but he sure looked drunk in China

At the Olympics:

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Response to Siwsan (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 06:54 PM

4. A classic! I also liked the one of him being helped to leave his seat . . .

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Response to hatrack (Reply #4)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 07:00 PM

8. The series of him with the women's volley ball team were cringe worthy

Why there wasn't a bigger outcry, at the time, always amazed me.

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Response to hatrack (Reply #4)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 07:06 PM

11. Or when he fell off the Segway (my favorite):



Or when he was playing guitar in New Orleans:

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Response to Siwsan (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 07:20 PM

19. LOL - I was just going to post that

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Response to Siwsan (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 07:42 PM

23. Barbara looks embarrassed to be seen with him

Can't say I blame her.. I would be too, if he were my father.

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Response to vogonity (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 06:50 PM

2. No evience, just a unch on my part, but...

...I believe that when he "choked" on the pretzel he was actually drunk and that laura clocked him one.

After all, he was the most managed president and the best story they could come up with was that the pResident of the United States was too stupid to know how to chew a pretzel. Uh-huh!

PEACE!

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Response to vogonity (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 06:53 PM

3. It's the meds. Plus he's crazy.

Did you see the bathroom paintings he did of himself and emailed to his sister?

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Response to vogonity (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 06:55 PM

5. No, but they had him pilled out.

 

Everyone in the White House was taking anti-depressants and the like. It's why Bush would appear to be coked up a lot, chewing the air hoagies and getting the powdered donut look at the corners of his mouth. Pills to wake up, pills to sleep. So many pills they rattle when they walk.

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Response to MrSlayer (Reply #5)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 07:16 PM

17. 'chewing the air hoagies'!!!

That's hilarious!

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Response to vogonity (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 06:57 PM

6. By now you'd think everyone would know about the dangers of alcohol use during pregnancy

Oh wait, you said "Presidency"

Never Mind.

But, I would be much more concerned with Mrs. GHW Bush's use of alcohol during her pregnancy.

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Response to Duer 157099 (Reply #6)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 07:39 PM

21. LOL! Good one!

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Response to vogonity (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 06:57 PM

7. The picture of him after teh "pretzel incident"

I saw guys like that over the years, with bruises like that.

They had been literally falling-down drunk.

So the "choking on a pretzel" sounded totally bogus to me.

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Response to vogonity (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 07:04 PM

9. PHOTO GALLERY: "Bush, appearing falling-down DRUNK at Olympic Games"

PHOTO GALLERY: "Bush, appearing falling-down DRUNK at Olympic Games"
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=389x3791868



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Response to vogonity (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 07:05 PM

10. For one thing

Some heavy-duty antidepressants, like amitriptilene, multiply the effect of booze 5X or more. Ambien at the wrong time will leave you trashed like Cisco Red. Combine them with Little Boots sneaking a sip anytime he can, like a good altar boy, and the results are right in front of us....

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Response to vogonity (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 07:08 PM

12. I've never heard of anyone coming out to say anything.

I imagine there are plenty of reasons why no one has come out. Being sworn to secrecy, especially if your SS detail is the First Family. Being threatened, or paid off. The Bush family is very powerful.

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Response to lunatica (Reply #12)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 07:18 PM

18. I think anyone close enough to know would be afraid to openly

acknowledge it. The Bush family is still powerful and they could make you life pretty miserable if you told the truth about Junior.

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Response to vogonity (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 07:08 PM

13. Toward the end of his second term I have no doubt he was back in the world of serial benders

There was a video of him on a trip to Africa, and he made a fool out of himself trying to dance at a cultural event in an attempt to imitate the performers. Oh yeah: he was boozing hard those last few months I have no doubt.

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Response to vogonity (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 07:08 PM

14. The SS pulling him out of the stands at the Olympics when he was falling down drunk

is pretty damning and his staggering around the women's beach volley ball team. I don't know how much more proof you need. I think there was a statement by a former kitchen employee that was covered up and disappeared very fast about preparing drinks to be delivered up to the residences for a sort of happy hour, but perhaps those may have been for Laura or family guests.

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Response to vogonity (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 07:09 PM

15. oops wrong thread..uh oh nt

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Response to vogonity (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 07:14 PM

16. Ah, a chance to recycle these













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Response to vogonity (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 07:31 PM

20. what a legacy he left

To never be invited to convention and speculation on whether he was drunk most of the time. Total and utter failure as a CIC

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Response to vogonity (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 07:41 PM

22. Ah a trip down memory lane.

A very painful, painful lane.

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Response to vogonity (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 07:47 PM

24. Could have been a "dry drunk"

An alcoholic who quits drinking, but does not get professional help. Hard concept to understand.

The dry drunk could have explained his crazy agenda, but don't know if it could cause him to be clumsy.

I saw some old videos of Bush from the 1980s. He's running around, campaigning for his father, with this horrific 5 o'clock shadow. He looked out of it.

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Response to vogonity (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 07:57 PM

25. I get tears in my eyes

whenever Obama speaks. He is so clever, so bright, so well spoken...

Truthfully he doesn't always do as much as I would wish, but damn...
Isn't it just FANTASTIC to have a president who is INTELLIGENT!!!??

Our bar was set so low after Dumbya, but still and all, I am just so thrilled to finally have a president with a brain.

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Response to vogonity (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 08:30 PM

26. There was a photo of Putin handing him a beer bottle

before one of the big economic conferences. The look on Putin's face was one I've seen a lot of, it's the look of a sober spouse when the non sober spouse has taken that first drink and is getting out of control.

That particular conference (G-8?) was where he reeled around, talked with his mouth full, spraying food all over everyone, slurred his words badly, and gave Chancellor Merkel a very unwanted shoulder squeeze.

Yeah, I'd say it's pretty obvious the man was gassed.

However, the silence around Stupid is propelled more by the wish that he'd just disappear from the history books and stop embarrassing his party than a desire to protect him. They don't want to remind people we didn't go directly from Clinton to Obama.

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