George Bush: The Basement Tapes
Just what kind of guy was President Bush during his character-defining early adulthood?
An aimless, inconsiderate, womanizing drunkard – if you believe Rolling Stone’s article detailing how the 26-year-old Bush allegedly used his family connections to evade National Guard duties, was lazy and unreliable at his civilian job and boasted to colleagues about the benefits of being the grandson of a powerful United States senator.
Author Paul Alexander writes about Bush’s so-called missing year from May 1972 to May 1973, when the future President was on the campaign payroll of failed Alabama Senate candidate Winton Blount and trying to “game the system.”
“George W. Bush did not fulfill his obligation to attend Guard drills on a regular basis while in Alabama,” Alexander writes. “Exactly what was he doing? For one thing, he was drinking heavily. … Bush had a regular group of drinking buddies he hung out with, and during his stay in Alabama he was said to have dated an array of local young women. … Throughout the summer, Bush maintained his heavy social life. By September his behavior had become a problem.”
According to candidate Blount’s nephew, Murphy Archibald, “Bush regularly didn’t show [at campaign headquarters] until noon or later, and then would leave four or five hours after that,” Alexander writes.
“He’d spend most of those few hours in his office with the door closed. When he did talk to the staff – and he made the rounds each day as soon as he came in before he locked himself away – his conversation was often disconcerting.
“I found it so strange,” Archibald says in the story, “… this guy who was 26 years old would come in and goodnaturedly talk about how plastered he had gotten the night before.”
“Bush seemed to assume no liability for his behavior – and knew he didn’t have to,” Alexander writes, and again quotes Archibald: “George had one story he told a lot … about how he was always getting picked up by the police in New Haven during his time at Yale, and how they would always let him go when they found out his grandfather was [former Sen.] Prescott Bush. … I thought it was stunning. He knew he was bulletproof because of his family.’ “
White House Deputy Press Secretary Claire Buchan dismissed Rolling Stone’s exposÃ© as “the same old trash that has been out there for 10 years. It’s riddled with inaccuracies and innuendo and uninformed editorial judgments.”
Now, of course, this comes from Rolling Stone which once falsely reported that Paul was dead, and they never apologized or retracted or anything so the Bush story probably isn’t true.
Oh. And the sixties never happened.