Bush Treated for Depression


Phyllos Gardner forwards this article with the comment: "- I certainly do not have verification of this, but it would be extremely problematic if true". It is titled "Bush Using Drugs to Control Depression, Erratic Behavior", by Teresa Hampton Editor, Capitol Hill Blue (7/28/ 04).

President George W. Bush is taking powerful antidepressant 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." 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, "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, eitherphysical 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 wandered 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 sick," 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."

RH: We ran a long posting about Nixon's problems. The official line is that Bush long ago became a teetotaler. As so often, we need the facts, without any distortion through a political prism. I am copying this to Dr.Irvin Yalom in the hope that he may have a comment. WAISer Dr. Herbert Abrams is is an internationally known specialist on the health of US presidents. I hope he will comment.

On the topic that Ms. Gardner brings forth, she and the rest of the WAISers should be aware that Capital Hill Blue is published online “for entertainment only” according to their website that claims that no one with the website is paid a salary, and the articles are written by who ever shows up at the office on any given day. The “owner” of the site, Doug Thompson, invites ANYONE to write articles for his various sites, knowing there will be no pay for the article. No one checks facts, period. Their motto is that “no one’s freedom or property is safe while Congress is in session.”

One of Thompson’s own stories declares that the USA is “Home of the bigot and land of the afraid.”

Source: http://www.capitolhillblue.com/cgi-bin/artman/exec/view.cgi?archive=15&num=1918

Thompson also neglects to reveal that he is a former Press Secretary to at least three Democratic Congressmen.

The bottom line? Anything from Capital Hill Blue is suspect and lacks any level of responsibility and credibility.

Since the online gossip column, Capital Hill Blue, mentions Dr. Irvin Yalom, MD, Professor Emeritus at Stanford University Medical School, I can assume that Professor Hilton will follow up with Dr. Yalom for at least a bit of verification.

Phyllis Gardner forwarded an article describing President Bush as a half-crazy drunkard under medical treatment. Randy Black says: "She and the rest of the WAISers should be aware that Capital Hill Blue is published online “for entertainment only” according to their website, that claims that no one with the website is paid a salary, and that the articles are written by whoever shows up at the office on any given day. The “owner” of the site, Doug Thompson, invites ANYONE to write articles for his various sites, knowing there will be no pay for the article. No one checks facts, period. Their motto is that “no one’s freedom or property is safe while Congress is in session.” One of Thompson’s own stories declares that the USA is “Home of the bigot and land of the afraid.”
Source: http://www.capitolhillblue.com/cgi-bin/artman/exec/view.cgi?archive=15&num=1918
Thompson also neglects to reveal that he is a former Press Secretary to at least three Democratic Congressmen.
The bottom line? Anything from Capital Hill Blue is suspect and lacks any level of responsibility and credibility.
Since the online gossip column, Capital Hill Blue, mentions Dr. Irvin Yalom, MD, Professor Emeritus at Stanford University Medical School, I can assume that Professor Hilton will follow up with Dr. Yalom for at least a bit of verification".

RH: I forwarded the piece to Dr. Yalom with a request for his comments. If In receive a reply I will post it. Another psychiatrist, Daryl DeBell.writes: "I believe President Bush is a perfect example of the Peter principle; he has advanced to the level of his incompetence, but I strongly object to the innuendo and tone of the article. Dr. Frank was never identified, and I am surprised and disappointed that Dr. Yalom made his comments. The phrase "powerful antidepressant drugs" is used pejoratively, and in any case they are not properly used to control behavior or paranoia. Altogether, the whole thing smells. Nixon was indeed a pathological narcissist. Bush may be bullheaded and relatively stupid, but, as much as I would like to be able to, I cannot see him as a pathological narcissist or clinically paranoid. The evidences of his sadism are quite disturbing but not surprising. His losing his temper when badgered by reporters is neither surprising nor pathological. If the article has any validity, the Republican moguls who know about it are seriously remiss in not releasing the information and finding a new candidate".

RH: Mary Huyck and others have written in similar vein. If the account is totally fictitious, it is like some joker crying "Fire!!" in a crowded theater. This brings me back to one of my main themes: The age of liberty should end and be replaced with responsible freedom. The Statue of Liberty was reopened today. At the ceremony there was the usual boasting about our freedom of speech and of the press, but no mention of responsible freedom. Conservative John Leo claims that bloggers make up for the deficiencies of the press, but, while it is true that they bring out things the press fails to mention, it is also clear that the internet can me used to spread all kinds of malicious rumors, a kind of poisoned spam . If the article is simply malicious lies, there should be some way of suing the offenders, but that takes us back to a problem we have discussed before: public figures cannot sue for libel. It is possible that there is a grain of truth in the article.

Speaking of 9/11, Nushin Namazi praises President Bush for not allowing it to get his pet goat. Here is an excerpt of her long eulogy of him: "In this instance, George Bush was a good role model for all in times of crisis!! . After he left, he showed the world that he keeps his word, and, unlike the Europeans who lack principles and backbone, George Bush with the help of the American military terminated a corrupt, murderous dictator --Saddam and his regime! One of the things i respect most about George W. Bush is his utmost respect for people of all nations and all religions. He is very careful to call the terrorists: "international terrorists", unlike the press and other media pundits who call them "Islamic terrorists". Do not this behavior and action not make George W. Bush one of the truly culturally sensitive and humane leaders of our time?"

Tom Moore rejects Nushin Namazi's use of Bush's pet goat story to eulogize his humanity: "If George Bush is such a respecter of all people, how come virtually the whole world dislikes him and is hoping that he will lose the election?"

Randy Black rejects Tom Moore’s statement about the worldwide unpopularity of President Bush: "Bush does not have the same PR firm that Bill Clinton employed and continues to employ. Fleishman-Hillard, the world’s largest public relations firm, is the likely recipient of the Bill Clinton account that is likely worth $100,000 per month to the firm for their services. I figure they’re doing Bill since they also have his former Secretary of Commerce, Mickey Kantor, his chief of staff Leon Panetta and his Defense Secretary William Cohen on their roster (and Republican Newt Gingrich). Make no mistake about it, Clinton has a PR firm ensuring that his image, presence and quotations remain on the front pages of the world’s publications, and on television. Anyone who believes otherwise is fooling themselves" RH: "Likely", "I figure". Randy must be guessing. We are fooling ourselves if we think that the hostility to Bush is due to his failure to hire the right PR firm. Every US embassy in the world does PR work for him.



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