Bush Using Drugs to Control Depression, Erratic Behavior

This post was written by marc on July 28, 2004
Posted Under: Bush

From Capitol Hill Blue

Bush Leagues
Bush Using Drugs to Control Depression, Erratic Behavior
By TERESA HAMPTON
Editor, Capitol Hill Blue
Jul 28, 2004, 08:09

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.”

Bush’s mental stability has become the topic of Washington whispers in recent months. Capitol Hill Blue first reported on June 4 about increasing concern among White House aides over the President’s wide mood swings and obscene outbursts.

Although GOP loyalists dismissed the reports an anti-Bush propaganda, the reports were later confirmed by prominent George Washington University psychiatrist Dr. Justin Frank in his book Bush on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President. Dr. Frank diagnosed the President as a “paranoid meglomaniac” and “untreated alcoholic” whose “lifelong streak of sadism, ranging from childhood pranks (using firecrackers to explode frogs) to insulting journalists, gloating over state executions and pumping his hand gleefully before the bombing of Baghdad” showcase Bush’s instabilities.

“I was really very unsettled by him and I started watching everything he did and reading what he wrote and watching him on videotape. I felt he was disturbed,” Dr. Frank said. “He fits the profile of a former drinker whose alcoholism has been arrested but not treated.”

Dr. Frank’s conclusions have been praised by other prominent psychiatrists, including Dr. James Grotstein, Professor at UCLA Medical Center, and Dr. Irvin Yalom, MD, Professor Emeritus at Stanford University Medical School.

The doctors also worry about the wisdom of giving powerful anti-depressant drugs to a person with a history of chemical dependency. Bush is an admitted alcoholic, although he never sought treatment in a formal program, and stories about his cocaine use as a younger man haunted his campaigns for Texas governor and his first campaign for President.

“President Bush is an untreated alcoholic with paranoid and megalomaniac tendencies,” Dr. Frank adds.

The White House did not return phone calls seeking comment on this article.

Although the exact drugs Bush takes to control his depression and behavior are not known, White House sources say they are “powerful medications” designed to bring his erratic actions under control. While Col. Tubb regularly releases a synopsis of the President’s annual physical, details of the President’s health and any drugs or treatment he may receive are not public record and are guarded zealously by the secretive cadre of aides that surround the President.

Veteran White House watchers say the ability to control information about Bush’s health, either physical or mental, is similar to Ronald Reagan’s second term when aides managed to conceal the President’s increasing memory lapses that signaled the onslaught of Alzheimer’s Disease.

It also brings back memories of Richard Nixon’s final days when the soon-to-resign President wondered the halls and talked to portraits of former Presidents. The stories didn’t emerge until after Nixon left office.

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.”

Reader Comments

We all know that Bush is a psycho.

#1 
Written By Stancel on July 28th, 2004 @ 10:22 am

I believe there is some truth to this story. I have read some research done on bush by prominent and outstanding professionals. Now, if that professional is not pro bush, then he must be a quack then. Than again, the ones critizing them are the ones that don’t have a masters or a PHD in psychology, but listen to rush and fox and the other educational media outlets. It’ clinton’s fault bush is mentally unstable. before any of you monkeys dismiss this as liberal propaganda, like wills suggested, read for yourself and do your own research. as alex stated here somewhere: think for yourself, educate yourself.

#2 
Written By charlie chingas on July 28th, 2004 @ 1:30 pm

man I don’t know

this seems so far fetched and filled with bile and venom

#3 
Written By BadGimp on July 28th, 2004 @ 2:55 pm

I was unsure of where to post this, but thought that these were quite clever re-do’s of old wartime posters.
Here is the link.
Enjoy
http://www.whitehouse.org/initiatives/posters/

#4 
Written By minervajones on July 28th, 2004 @ 7:55 pm

WTF that shit is crazy, LAST TIME I CHECKED BUSH WAS RUNNING ON MORALS, i guess he can just kick that out the window too, wut a arab raper, now i know why he needs his medication

#5 
Written By Joshua Gillogly on July 29th, 2004 @ 6:47 am

Marc! Stop now! Obviously, your blog is having some kind of negative neurological effect on your readers. It seems to effect the ability to spel and right…. o my god…. cant….tipe… anny….mor… EEEYAAAAAAAAA!

#6 
Written By dancho on July 29th, 2004 @ 10:19 am

um..right, I don’t even want to go there.

#7 
Written By Joshua Gillogly on July 29th, 2004 @ 12:07 pm

hey josh, notice how when someone can’t say anything to add to the discussion, they rag on the grammar and/or spelling errors? must be a republican’t…

#8 
Written By charlie chingas on July 29th, 2004 @ 3:10 pm

Call me skeptical, but it sounds like the reporter read Frank’s book and created the rest of the situation, using Frank’s book to boost credibility.

Other than the quotes from the book, all the quotes about Bush’s mental instability are from unidentified sources. And why would one of the President’s aides, and a GOP political consultant, tell those kinds of things to the reporter of a maverick internet news site anyway?

That just sends up some red flags with me.

#9 
Written By MadBlue on July 29th, 2004 @ 8:46 pm

I know what your saying mad, but I think the people should be able to look at all of the presidents medical stuff that could potentially have a downfall on what he chooses for our country. Now I’m talking about medication for a depression or some kind of ADHD or things along those lines, If it has somthing to do with herpes that the president got from a goat I don’t want to know about it.

#10 
Written By Joshua gillogly on July 30th, 2004 @ 5:05 am

herpes, goat…lol. i’ll make sure not to read that book. but i agree with josh, the american people have the right know about the health of the president if it affects his/her decisions. if somoneone wants to write their opinion on that by using a book, then by all means, if it means that it pushes someone with credibility to investigate.

#11 
Written By charlie chingas on July 30th, 2004 @ 8:37 am

I agree that the American people have a right to know if the president has any medical/mental health problems that might affect his job. I’m just wondering a) how credible Frank’s book is, and b) how credible the Capital Hill Blue reporter is. I mean, there are a lot of people who’d agree that Bush is a “paranoid megalomaniac” anyway, so it’s possible that a book published by a medical authority that supports the same view might not be questioned by those who already feel that way. We don’t really know the credentials of either the writer of the book or the article.

It may very well be that Bush IS a paranoid megalomaniac, but I doubt that any of his aides or consultants would allude to the press – especially a news service like Capital Hill Blue – that Bush is “loony tunes” and “flies off the handle at the slightest provocation”. That’s what strikes me as odd.

I’m not trying to defend Bush, I’m just skeptical about the veracity of the article.

#12 
Written By MadBlue on July 30th, 2004 @ 12:08 pm

What about the exploding frogs? Are there corroborating stories related to that? I worry more about sadism in his past than mental instability in his future,…the former being a proven strong indicator of sociopathic behavior to come.

#13 
Written By PeaseKnyck on July 31st, 2004 @ 9:00 am

Any man who can fall on his face, not ONCE, but 3 times during his term in office has some SERIOUS problems. I don’t even believe the pretzel story any more. He’s done the same thing again- TWICE. Bush is just a spoiled child trapped in a mans body; a complete waste of skin.

The Lord ruined a perfectly good ass hole when he put teeth in Bush’s mouth.

#14 
Written By osiris on August 3rd, 2004 @ 10:31 pm

“The Lord ruined a perfectly good ass hole when he put teeth in Bush’s mouth.”

1. Reference to a higher power (no-no for liberals) shame shame…

2. The whole ruining of an asshole that is described as “perfectly good” becomes a messy paradox.

3. Where else would the “Lord” put the teeth?

4. Asshole is ONE word there, Webster.

osiris… kind or reminds me of the sound a muffled little fart might make…

#15 
Written By dan on August 9th, 2004 @ 9:08 pm

I honestly do not think that it should be a big deal if the President is taking medication to control depression. Can you even imagine being the President and having the weight of the entire free world on your shoulders? Wouldn’t you want something to help keep you from getting clinically depressed?

There is a test that they give people who are going into the doctor for depression. This test consists of about 30 questions. These questions regard things that happen in the daily life of a normal individual. If I had to answer these questions for the President, I would say he is clinically depressed. This would simply be based on what the normal life of a President is like. He is constantly traveling, he spends minimal amounts of time with his family, and he makes huge decisions every day… I could keep going, but it seems a bit extraneous to continue.

If the person who is reporting this news can not tell us the name of the medication, I would simply dismiss this as a rumor. “Although the exact drugs Bush takes to control his depression and behavior are not known, White House sources say they are “powerful medications” designed to bring his erratic actions under control.” This statement is followed up by: “While Col. Tubb regularly releases a synopsis of the President’s annual physical, details of the President’s health and any drugs or treatment he may receive are not public record and are guarded zealously by the secretive cadre of aides that surround the President.” So tell me this… How is it that this classified information has become public record? Right… they want us to take this as a truth.

#16 
Written By Jes on August 11th, 2004 @ 10:46 pm

and you want someone to take you seriously because your husband isn’t…

#17 
Written By charlie chingas on August 14th, 2004 @ 10:06 pm

For the life of me I can’t understand why you aren’t taking this deadly serious. Al Qaeda is about to launch a second wave of terrorist attacks on the US, probably using a biological weapon of mass destruction. Bush is PARANOID WITH DELUSIONS (MEGALAMANIA-i.e. he/God/America are the same thing). Do you trust a man with such a diagnosis running the country, and the extreme stress of the worst attack on the US in our history? WAKE UP!

By the way, the Presidencial Debate Committee has already schedualled the three Presidencial and one Vice Presidencial debates, but are waiting for Bush’s OK (Kerry already agreed). Tim Russert on Meet the Press was concerned that Bush would have to avoid these debates. I think you can safely count this as the acid test-1. If Bush agrees to the debates (that are already schedualled) and 2. How Bush acts when given real unrehearst spontanious questions in a stressful situation.

I think in your heart you know the answer…don’t be afraid, be VERY afraid!

#18 
Written By dobermanmacleod on August 18th, 2004 @ 3:42 am

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