Not that I am a “kick a guy when he is down” kinda of guy – but you reap what you sow.
Pretty much everything I read that is political I take with a grain of salt – some a really big grain of salt. So I read this article with that caveat and was not focusing so much on the drinking, but more the current situation in the US that might lead one to drink.
If the president is drinking or not does not really matter. I think the fact that “With less than two months remaining in office, George W. Bush, witnessing a devastating defeat for the Republican Party, worse favorability ratings than those of Richard Nixon at the height of the Watergate scandal, and the most devastating economic situation since the Great Depression” – that could lead you to drink, or at least be less than happy.
We can argue that the seeds of what we are seeing now were planted years, if not decades, ago. We can argue that we are seeing/not seeing positive results in Iraq. We can argue that we are successful/not successful in Afghanistan. We can argue that we are in a recession/depression. We can argue that this is all the fault of the Republicans/Democrats.
Bottom line – the buck stops with the President of the United States and this President has not measured up. I find it hard to build a case that supports a claim that Bush will be leaving behind a positive legacy.
I hope that one positive that comes out of our current situation is that we learn that having too much power that pulls us too far in one direction – to the right or the left – is a bad thing. I believe that a significant majority of the citizens of the United States live in the middle. Not too conservative. Not too liberal. They want our country to do the right thing, be a good global citizen, and perform in a manner that reflects well upon it’s citizens.
I hope that the next administration can move us in that direction.
BTW – image from here.