George Bush and Cocaine: How the President Might Save His Approval Rating

[Editor's Note: Jimi Devine is an intern at StoptheDrugWar.org. His bio is in our "staff" section.]

As the eyes of the political spectrum make their way through Scott McClellan's expose on his Bush administration experiences, which includes information involving GW’s cocaine use, the president will continue to deny his actions. But Bush shouldn’t be so quick to repeat that he was too wasted to remember whether he powdered his nose -- look at this honest group of politicians who have come out on the record about their past drug use and the lack of negative effects on their political careers.

Obviously the current flagship of an open door policy to past drug use has to be Barrack Obama. In 1995's "Dreams From My Father" the Democratic frontrunner acknowledged his drug use before even becoming a member of the Illinois state legislature. Over primary season this did open Obama up to attack, most famously Mitt Romney noting: "I think that was a huge error by Barack Obama… it is just the wrong way for people who want to be the leader of the free world."

As we look at Obama and a few of the politicians who admit to being in the "once or twice" club, the underlying similarity between many is their political prominence. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg famously responded to the marijuana question with, "You bet I did, and I enjoyed it." Nevertheless, a dash of irony is added by New York being the marijuana arrest capital of the world.

While Bloomberg's approach wasn't for everyone, others did come out of the smokey closet. Past presidential contenders John Edwards, John Kerry, and Howard Dean admitted together at 2003 presidential debate they had all tried the drug in the past. Few went into detail like Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer who cooked up his marijuana in some baked beans with a friend while at Columbia University.

Finally we come to Al Gore. As a senator in the 1980s he took part in the hearings to approve Supreme Court nominees. When Douglas H. Ginsburg came under fire for his past marijuana use, Gore stepped up and admitted he had also tried the drug in the past. Of course, it was later found at that “tried” meant a lot more than occasional consumption.

So here now we sit with allegations from a former press secretary that the President of the United States can't remember if he ever tried cocaine. I think it's pretty obvious how the president needs to use this as a boost to his credibility. Look at Dean and Gore, one is the Chairman of the DNC and the other convinced us that the ice caps are melting. If Bush decides to come out from his closet or from under his marble desk, at the very least he would be saying something the American people could believe.

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Huh?

So he couldn't remember it in 1999 but now he remembers it? Of course, once a sitting President admits that to the public, we all know it will end there with the media.

Alzhiemers anyone. You don't

Alzhiemers anyone. You don't forget doing cocaine. If he had said he forgot toking up I might understand :). Well, not really. You know you did it, just possibly not all the details. I remember being at Woodstock, 69. I remember Richie Havens, and Ravi Shanker. That is as far as my memory of the groups goes. General memory is intact, detailed memory seems to have gone up in a cloud of smoke. :)

Life Stinks for the Puritans

How unfortunate for Mitt Romney and the other drug-warrior-twits that their favorite doper profile for the past ninety-years is now 180-degrees out-of-sync with their quaint perceptions of a decadent society.

Presidents, Vice Presidents, heads of state, mayors, Supreme Court justices, Nobel Prize winners, writers, actors, comedians, scientists, astronomers, corporate CEOs; all these constitute examples of professional people who have experienced the privilege of smoking dope with impunity (meaning they didn’t get caught).

It is only fair and just that this same privilege should now be accorded to all the people everywhere who make the reasoned personal, medical and professional choice to ingest cannabinoids.

Giordano

Memory

Funny, how that story just faded from the main stream press, and just about election time too. What do you suppose happened to that old college buddy? Silence is Golden.

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