Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Is Bush Losing It?

After Ronald Reagan left office, presidential historians, political journalists and other analysts of the presidency purported to have seen early signs of the onset of Reagan's eventual Alzheimer's disease. Could George W. Bush be following the Gipper in that department? If so, then this story may be remembered as the first tangible sign of it. Either that, or he's merely out to lunch.

8 Comments:

At 3:12 PM, Anonymous Roldo Bartimole said...

Somewhere in my mind I remember a piece that suggested Bush suffered from the beginning signs of Alzheimer's.

However, I think the rug piece suggests something else, which seems to be more and more evident to more and more people.

A small mind that dwells on small matters.

 
At 3:21 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Well said, Roldo. This piece on his fixation with the rug would have been hilarious, but for his ability to screw up the country and much of the world. That makes it no laughing matter, in my book.

 
At 7:09 PM, Blogger mistersugar said...

There was a lot of speculation about Bush's neurological health after his breathtaking performance in the first debate with John Kerry in 2004, less about Alzheimer's and more about dementia caused by alcohol abuse. Whatever the case may be, it certainly seems like the man is grasping at straws when he brings up the rug bit.

 
At 9:14 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

You're right, Anton. I forgot all about that until you just mentioned it. Remember the famous crease protruding from his back in that debate? (Salon.com even got a NASA engineer to try to get to the bottom of that). I'm still convinced that he was wearing special equipment to let him hear prompts from his handlers.

 
At 10:08 AM, Blogger Jeff Hess said...

Shalom John,

Yes. I dont' think there can be any doubt that we've had a robo-president for some time. The recent revelation that the Council for National Policy that gave its blessings and cleared the shrub for high office now appears poised to do the same for Kenneth Blackwell is equally disturbing.

B'shalom,

Jeff

 
At 10:31 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment Jeff. We eagerly await the Cleveland Jewish News's article about your blogging exploits. Ken Blackwell is indeed a piece of work. I've set aside a bunch of notes and links to write about him sometime soon, but in a nutshell, he's been one of those darlings of the hard right for over a decade. They just love using these kinds of useful minority fools as human wedge issues against the progressives. He's of course a lot smarter and more talented than Clarence "Long Dong Silver" Thomas, and may have (at least nominally) less baggage, but to me, at least, he comes across almost as inauthentically as the skulking hanging judge.

 
At 9:23 AM, Blogger Jerry said...

My question is that even if Bush was suffering from a physical disorder, and became less competent, how exactly could we tell?

 
At 10:19 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

That's a helluva a good question, Jerry. Perhaps we should pass a Constitutional Amendment, obligating the President to undergo routine weekly brain scans.

 

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