George Bush and Alcohol

by Screedler on November 7, 2010

George Bush’s memoirs are coming out next week.  The book Decision Points,  details his presidency and crucial moments in his life .  One of those life points is/was his relationship with alcohol.  Apparently, he really opens up about the subject in a forthcoming interview he gave NBC’s Matt Lauer.  In the interview, Bush describes years of heavy drinking that caused embarrassing moments and strained his relationship with his family.

“I wasn’t a knee-walkin’ drunk,” Bush said in his interview with Lauer. “I could easily have a beer or two, or a martini, before dinner, bourbons, B&Bs. I was a drinker.”

He goes on to talk about a DUI, an embarrassing incident at the family dinner table, and how in the end:

“It became a love and, therefore, began to compete for my love with my wife and my daughters,”

It’s obvious a portion of the country and a greater portion of  the media still like to demonize him; as my first awareness of the book comes in the form of a post on Aol’s website, George W. Bush on Alcohol: ‘It Became a Love’  laughingly posted under the Weird News heading .  I am, however, interested in this story and specifically the parts about about his struggles with alcohol.  But unlike many, I am more curious as to hear how he beat his addiction, not to revel in his misery.  

I may never get the book, but I am definitely going to try to watch the interview.  In my opinion, I don’t think he was an alcoholic but certainly a problem drinker.  By his own past admissions he had problems with it.  I would like to hear how he characterizes it himself now in retrospect and with nothing to lose politically – will he admit he was an alcoholic, did he ever stand up in an AA meeting and say “My name is George and I am an alcoholic”.  And if he did, wouldn’t that make him one of the most successful recovered alcoholics in history.  Now that’s a story.


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1 Paul November 7, 2010 at 9:48 pm

I wouldn’t celebrate anyone’s addiction and it is always good to hear people escape from it. I am sure there are lots of people who are in recovery that I don’t agree with – I may even find some of their actions reprehensible. People are complex and nobody is fully bad or good – to think otherwise is a bit childish in my view. Anyone who managed to escape an addiction is a winner in my view; although it doesn’t necessarily mean that will become admirable people in recovery – at least not to all of us anyway.


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