Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Prez Loony Tunes?

Several bloggers are pointing to this story on Capitol Hill Blue: Bush Using Drugs to Control Depression, Erratic Behavior. Choice excerpts:

President George W. Bush is taking powerful anti-depressant drugs to control his erratic behavior, depression and paranoia, Capitol Hill Blue has learned.

The prescription drugs, administered by Col. Richard J. Tubb, the White House physician, can impair the President’s mental faculties and decrease both his physical capabilities and his ability to respond to a crisis, administration aides admit privately.

“It’s a double-edged sword,” says one aide. “We can’t have him flying off the handle at the slightest provocation but we also need a President who is alert mentally.”

Angry Bush walked away from reporter's questions. Tubb prescribed the anti-depressants after a clearly-upset Bush stormed off 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.”


One long-time GOP political consultant who – for obvious reasons – asked not to be identified said he is advising his Republican Congressional candidates to keep their distance from Bush.

“We have to face the very real possibility 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 it’s certainly not good for the country.”

Most referrers distance themselves with comments like Kevin Drum's "POSTSCRIPT: I periodically get emails from people who want to know if Capitol Hill Blue is a reliable source. I think this story should give you a clue."

But honestly, is it really that hard to believe? I mean, if I were a Miserable Failure on the level that Bush is, on issues with hugely negative national and global consequences, if I saw my philosophy of life proven in the laboratory of Real Life to be a pile of crap, and my trusted advisors were a bunch of self-serving greedheads, I strongly suspect I would self-medicate too.


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