Here's the first in a series of posts on the Bush presidency through the lens of a recovering alcoholic. Money quote:
In 1999, responding to questions about his use of drugs and alcohol, George Bush told the Washington Post, "Well, I don't think I had an addiction. You know it's hard for me to say. I've had friends who were, you know, very addicted...and they required hitting bottom [to start] going to A.A. I don't think that was my case."
Having observed the president's behavior in office, I wonder if he might be wrong. Perhaps not only the president, but also his administration, suffers from alcoholism. After all, arrogance and the inability to take responsibility for one's actions, classic alcoholic traits, have become trademarks of the Bush presidency.
George Bush's problems are not only personal. By necessity, they have become the problems of our entire country. And our country is like the family of an alcoholic, devastated by the drinker's actions but powerless to stop them.
This is too simplistic an analysis, of course. And yet the president's alcoholism is integral to his personality; and it's certainly as worth debating as his predecessor's sexual addiction.