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.