Scott McClelland, the former White House press secretary, has written a new book about his time serving the Bush regime. As most of you know, President Bush is a former alcoholic who was rumored to have used cocaine in his earlier days. However, since Bush is well connected neither his drug use or DWI arrest were allowed to ruin his future.
Here is an an expert from an Atlanta Journal Constitution story on the book-
McClellan tracks Bush’s penchant for self-deception back to an overheard incident on the campaign trail in 1999 when the then-governor was dogged by reports of possible cocaine use in his younger days.
The book recounts an evening in a hotel suite “somewhere in the Midwest.” Bush was on the phone with a supporter and motioned for McClellan to have a seat.
“‘The media won’t let go of these ridiculous cocaine rumors,’ I heard Bush say. ‘You know, the truth is I honestly don’t remember whether I tried it or not. We had some pretty wild parties back in the day, and I just don’t remember.'”
“I remember thinking to myself, How can that be?” McClellan wrote. “How can someone simply not remember whether or not they used an illegal substance like cocaine? It didn’t make a lot of sense.”
Bush, according to McClellan, “isn’t the kind of person to flat-out lie.”
“So I think he meant what he said in that conversation about cocaine. It’s the first time when I felt I was witnessing Bush convincing himself to believe something that probably was not true, and that, deep down, he knew was not true,” McClellan wrote. “And his reason for doing so is fairly obvious — political convenience.”
So many drug war lies exist for political convenience. The commander in chief of our War on Drugs is finally being exposed for the full range of his hypocrisy. Whereas Mr. Bush can claim blackout party moments to conveniently forget his coke use, thousands upon thousands of Americans are imprisoned for the same behavior.
If Mr. Obama wins then we will have two successive president who can not deny using cocaine. Maybe, just maybe, we should quit arresting those who make the same choice. After all, they could be POTUS some day.