Bush using drugs to control depression, erratic behavior

    President George W. Bush is taking powerful anti-depressant
    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.

    Although GOP loyalists dismissed the reports as 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 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, 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.

    It 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 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 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.”