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Bush’s lack of truthfulness much more disturbing than whether he tried cocaine

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Originally published on on Fri, 05/30/2008 – 9:27am

I have never tried cocaine.

I know this. I know I haven’t been offered cocaine. I know that, too. True, I haven’t been in such an alcoholic stupor that it’s possible someone put cocaine into my bloodstream through my nasal passages without my knowledge.

So we are supposed to believe George W. Bush doesn’t quite know if he took cocaine? At least Bill Clinton knew that he smoked a joint (even if he claimed that he didn’t inhale).

Here’s more on the story:

In 1999, at a hotel suite “somewhere in the Midwest,” McClellan recalls the Bush mind when dealing with rumors that the then-Texas governor had used cocaine.

Writes McClellan: “‘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? How can someone simply not remember whether or not they used an illegal substance like cocaine? It didn’t make a lot of sense.”

And yet, McClellan concludes, “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. And his reason for doing so is fairly obvious – political convenience…”

As citizens, it’s fair to say we don’t care if Bush did cocaine, or whether Clinton smoked marijuana, or whether Barack Obama experimented with marijuana and cocaine. So why not just tell us the truth?

Clinton’s story, however pathetic, had to be the truth because why would someone make that up? After all, Al Gore and Newt Gingrich admitted marijuana use.

We hope we’ve come a long way since 1987 when Ronald Reagan’s Supreme Court nominee Douglas H. Ginsburg was hounded for his admitted marijuana use.

Given the obsession against marijuana in this country, maybe it’s time we had someone in office who understood what marijuana is really all about and find a more practical reasonable strategy for the “drug war.” Clinton’s story diminished his credibility to reform marijuana laws, even if the story was true. And Bush’s refusal to even discuss any drug use, especially alcohol, means he won’t help either.

It would be nice to see that Obama can do some good, perhaps if nothing else, call off the dogs on going after state medical marijuana laws. And if Hillary Clinton is the nominee, it would be great to see some changes from her, regardless of her previous drug use or lack of it.

So we don’t care that our leaders have experimented with drugs, and they won’t suffer politically for doing so. But if they can’t be straight with us, it speaks volumes for their ability to lead: Clinton and Obama have been straight with us. Bush claims he doesn’t know what the truth is. And it shows.


Written by democracysoup

May 30, 2008 at 9:27 am

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