This story has everything—“unnamed sources,” talkative white house “insiders,” “unidentified presidential aides,” and “speculating” psychiatrists. What article would be complete without visual aids? Neatly tucked in amongst the “startling revelations” is a picture of a very young-looking George W. Bush, flashing the middle-finger salute. The only problem is, the picture was taken when Bush was the Governor of Texas and is cut from a video, when seen in its entirety, is clearly meant as a joke.
Anyone thinking this from the latest issue of Globe or The National Enquirer think again. Actually, the Enquirer probably has more credibility. Nor is it the plot-line for some mindless daytime soap opera. No, this story is from a liberal web-site called Capital Hill Blue.
“Bush's Obscene Tirades Rattle White House Aides” by Doug Thompson graced the pages of Capital Hill Blue on August 25, 2005 and then graced the pages of the Islamic propaganda web-paper the “Party for Islamic Renewal” on August 27, 2005. This highly questionable article portrays the President of the United States as an obscenity-spewing-foaming-at-the-mouth out-of-control lunatic with radical mood swings. Mood swings, one shrink implies, “all too typical of an alcohol-abusing bully who is ruled by fear.” Doug, could you possibly find a doctor that has actually MET the president and get his opinion?
Dr. Justin Frank, author of Bush on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President, “speculates” about the inner-workings of the mind of George W. Bush. Dr. Frank, in his next book, will tell us how he removed a man’s appendix over the phone while delivering quintuples via the internet. In his free time, Dr. Frank is also “speculating” that Bush is drinking again.
“Two questions that the press seems particularly determined to ignore have hung silently in the air since before Bush took office,” Dr. Frank says. “Is he still drinking? And if not, is he impaired by all the years he did spend drinking? Both questions need to be addressed in any serious assessment of his psychological state.”
Excuse me, Dr. Frank, but any “serious assessment” of anyone’s psychological state cannot be done without actually spending some time with that person. Didn’t you learn that in Shrink 101?
This completely unsubstantiated exposé is now the article of choice for Islamics and will no doubt be taken as gospel. However, the gospel according to “Doug” seems to have just a few flaws.
Could we, the reading public, have just one name, Doug? Do the president’s aides really seek you out so they can “confide” in you? Do they call you on their cell phones and hold the phone up so you can hear for yourself or do they just text-message you? Are you and Capital Hill Blue so important that you, Doug Thompson, gets the scoop when no one else does? How jealous Helen Thomas must be. No presidential aides seem to be calling her with juicy news like this.
Not to be ignored are the implications that the president is controlled by anti-depressants which forced Washington Post media critic Tom Shales, to “speculate” it was over-medicating that caused the president to actually pause and carefully choose his words at a press conference. This careful choice of words in front of a pack of media-sharks whose only goal in life is to trip up the president of the United States is apparently a symptom of an irrational drugged-up mind.
Doug relates that it was just last year that President Bush’s personal physician told Capital Hill Blue that he had put his patient on these anti-depressants. This is very interesting because, speaking as a registered nurse, anyone broadcasting personal information on any patient would be guilty of breaking the strict federal privacy laws and perhaps Doug could hunt down this now license-less MD and double check his facts.
Does anyone else see a pattern here? “Unidentified sources” just seem to beat down Capital Hill Blue’s doors to give it all this scandalous information. Why don’t these “sources” ever go to Barbara Walters or Brit Hume? Why do they all stampede to Capital Hill Blue? Doug, just one living, breathing source with a real legal name is all I ask. I don’t think that is asking for to much on such a serious topic as the leader of the free world.