new book by a prominent Washington psychoanalyst
says President George W. Bush is a "paranoid
meglomaniac" as well as a sadist and "untreated
alcoholic." The doctor's analysis appears
to confirm earlier reports the President may be
Justin Frank, writing in Bush on the Couch: Inside
the Mind of the President, also says the President
has a ""lifelong streak of sadism, ranging
from childhood pranks (using firecrackers to explode
frogs) to insulting journalists, gloating over
state executions ... [and] pumping his fist gleefully
before the bombing of Baghdad."
worse, Dr. Frank concludes, the President's years
of heavy drinking ""may have affected
his brain function - and his decision to quit
drinking without the help of a 12-step program
[puts] him at far higher risk of relapse."
Frank's revelations comes on the heels of last
week's Capitol Hill Blue exclusive that revealed
increasing concern by White House aides over Bush's
who spoke only on condition that their names be
withheld, told stories of wide mood swings by
the President who would go from quoting the Bible
one minute to obscenity-filled outbursts the next.
shows an inability to grieve - dating back to
age 7, when his sister died. "The family's
reaction - no funeral and no mourning - set in
motion his life-long pattern of turning away from
pain [and hiding] behind antic behavior,"
says Frank, who says Bush may suffer from Attention
Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
findings by Dr. Frank:
mother, Barbara Bush - tabbed by some family friends
as "the one who instills fear" - had
trouble connecting emotionally with her son, Frank
argues. George H.W. Bush's "emotional and
physical absence during his son's youth triggered
feelings of both adoration and revenge in George
W." The President suffers from "character
pathology," including "grandiosity"
and "megalomania" -- viewing himself,
America and God as interchangeable. Dr. Frank
has been a psychiatrist for 35 years and is director
of psychiatry at George Washington University.
A Democrat, he once headed the Washington Chapter
of Physicians for Social Responsibility.
an interview with The Washington Post's Richard
Leiby, Dr. Frank said he began to be concerned
about Bush's behavior in 2002.
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 told Leiby. Bush,
he said, "fits the profile of a former drinker
whose alcoholism has been arrested but not treated."
Frank's expert recommendation? ""Our
sole treatment option -- for his benefit and for
ours -- is to remove President Bush from office
. . . before it is too late."
House spokesman Scott McClellan refused to comment
on the specifics of Dr. Frank's book or the earlier
story by Capitol Hill Blue.
don't do book reviews," McClellan said, even
though he last week recommended the latest book
by the Washington Post's Bob Woodward to reporters
at the daily press briefing.
Copyright 2004 by Capitol Hill Blue
Posted: June 15, 2004