George W. Bush is taking powerful anti-depressant
drugs to control his erratic behavior, depression
and paranoia, Capitol Hill Blue has learned.
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
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
Bush walked away from reporter's questions.
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.
those motherfuckers away from me," he screamed
at an aide backstage. "If you can't, I'll find
someone who can."
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.
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
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."
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
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.
Bush is an untreated alcoholic with paranoid and
megalomaniac tendencies," Dr. Frank adds.
White House did not return phone calls seeking
comment on this article.
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
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.
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
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.
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."
2004 Capitol Hill Blue
Posted: July 29, 2004