Bush on the couch

After I posted a link to this picture early last month, Brock replied with a comment that included an apology to apes.

Last week an on-line newspaper, Capital Hill Blue, used this same picture in an article discussing the President’s mental health. According to the article, the President’s physician, Col. Richard J. Tubb, has prescribed an anti-depressant drug “to control his erratic behavior, depression, and paranoia.” Quoting the article:

Tubb prescribed the anti-depressants after a clearly-upset Bush stormed off stage on July 8, refusing to answer reporters’ questions about his relationship with indicted Enron executive Kenneth J. Lay.

“Keep those motherfuckers away from me,” he screamed at an aide backstage. “If you can’t, I’ll find someone who can.”

Bush’s mental stability has become the topic of Washington whispers in recent months. Capitol Hill Blue first reported on June 4 about increasing concern among White House aides over the President’s wide mood swings and obscene outbursts.

The article goes on to describe a new book by Dr. Justin Frank (a psychologist at George Washington University) titled Bush on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President. I won’t elaborate, but there is some disturbing material in the rest of the Capital Blue article and also in a review of Frank’s book.

The book review cautions against arm chair psychology and then goes on to describe Frank’s findings. It also provides a short list of his secondary sources—Bush’s public statements and behavior, also anecdotal evidence from journalists, biographers and (Bush’s) acquaintances.

When I heard about Frank’s book a few days ago, I had my own concerns about the validity of arm chair psychology. Profiling works on TV crime shows and in Patricia Cornwell novels, but (I ask from ignorance) does it work well in real life? I am somewhat reassured in that a couple of other academics have seconded Frank’s findings, but I believe I am correct in viewing this as a weak form of peer review.

I recall one or more comments in other threads about who’s really in charge, but there may be some very real concerns about Presidential succession.

18 thoughts on “Bush on the couch

  1. I share your skepticism over arm-chair psychology, no matter how learned and well-published it seems to be (or who the target is).  I also have a great deal of skepticism over anonymous rumors of this sort (whomever they target).

  2. Did you guys see what the Prime Dork said today?

    “Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.” – GWB

    Of course we all already know how he’s harmed the country but it’s good to hear him admit it!

  3. Do you think the antidepressant story is credible? The only source they cite is anonymous “White House sources”, and I can’t find any similar stories anywhere else. And Capitol Hill Blue looks pretty sketchy to me. I’m no fan of the president, but this doesn’t pass my smell test.

    Count me in on the skepticism over remote analysis of Dubya’s mental condition. Sounds like the Christian psychologists who diagnose Jesus as mentally healthy to pass the “Lunatic” stage of the Trilemma.

  4. I have to confess to being skeptical as well, though it wouldn’t surprise me and it would explain a few nagging questions. Just the same, it does seem odd that this story wouldn’t be picked up by more news sources if there were anything to it.

  5. “Applied analysis” is another word for this armchair thing. I think it insults our intelligence in general, but I suppose, like everything else, it’s helpful when people present reasoned arguments to support their assertions, whatever they are. Psychological claptrap is often substituted for such arguments, and in fact, the authors are often unable to define their own terms wehn pressed. Just ask someone to define “ego” in a strict sense. See if you get the same answer twice. And that’s an easy one.

    Also, I would be CERTAIN the president is not taking an antidepressant. Hell, they won’t even let you fly an airplane on the stuff. This has mostly to do with old attitudes about depression and medications, mind you. Anyway, who needs all that to figure out our Pres? He ain’t exactly Woody Allen. I think what you see is what you get, irritating as it is to us liberals.

  6. News networks wouldn’t touch this one.  But what if he did use antidepressants?  Wouldn’t mean he isn’t a great president.  Lincoln was often depressed, after all.

    There you have it.  Bush is depressed, Lincoln was depressed, Bush is just like Abraham Lincoln!

    Captcha: figures, as in “it figures”

  7. Capitol Hill Blue looks pretty sketchy to me

    I never heard of it until I searched for the article. (Not that I would have.) The site/operation was established by a by a retired journalist and is maintained by volunteers. It certainly is a shoestring operation, and the site shows it.

    A minor quibble, but the the article cited two sources. Annonimity of sources is not unusual. Particularly in Washington.

    There you have it.  Bush is depressed, Lincoln was depressed, Bush is just like Abraham Lincoln!

    So was Churchill. If I remember correctly, he referred to it as ‘Black Dog’—I read that somewhere years ago. Well, George W. is certainly in good company.


  8. Sorry that last click was supposed to have a preview, not a post.

    Did you guys see what the Prime Dork said today?

    Had heard of it but didn’t include it. I would love to see the video, just to see if the people behind Bush cringed or were able to keep a blank face.

    Do you think the antidepressant story is credible?

    Total assurance—no. Plausible—perhaps. But I admit that my dislike of the guy may well be influencing my opinion.

    Sounds like the Christian psychologists who diagnose Jesus as mentally healthy…

    Mmmm, the element of direct obervation is missing on this one.

    News networks wouldn’t touch this one.

    The news networks don’t report a great deal. (I took one of the regular’s advice and have started watching the Daly Show.) I suspect that even the Washington Post would need a smoking gun, and then still might sit on it. Remember what happened to Eagleton in 1972?



  9. Its good to know Bush isn’t a space alien.Christ almighty, he actually gets upset, angry, frustrated,stressed, pressured and any other emotion after a hard day of work. Sounds to me, he is a normal person. Let him rant and rave and by the powers that be he should be getting all the sex he can handle too. Sex is the cure for everything..anything that will help this country from him pushing “nuclear button”.

  10. “Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.

  11. I believe Bush needs antidepressants. Don’t forget he couldn’t get through the day without drugs or alcohol for decades so any claim that he’s not a drug user is B.S. Now it seems to be religion and antidepressants. I hope he stays on them. Who knows what he would do it he were turned loose “as is”.

    His strange statements that say evil things seem much like those of unrecovered or active alcoholics who often reveal the agenda of their inner demons through verbal gafes.

    I have heard from those who have met his mother and confirmed that she is -well I can’t repeat what they said, but it seems likely that Bush was abused as a child based on their observations.

  12. Who is at the helm?
    This is administration which is leaving after all the destruction is also laing eggs for the future.
    The long fight for the justification of laws which are no more than extentions of the entitled to oppress.
    Why would anyone who wants to bring peace and happiness to earth, wish their personal pain on the rest of the world forever? For the money!
    Politicians and Law Enforcement with the help of victims advocate groups has lied to the public.
    The reason victim’s advocates continue their style of activity is they are cashing in.
    Encourageing the infliction of pain and suffering rather than peace is a distructive activity use by theses activist.
    Requireing the breakup of families is extending intitlement which can only fail everyone.
    The intitled have no room left for those that can not afford to buy justice.
    See how children as young as 3 year old children have been placed on the registry.
    How citizens are held indefinitely after their sentence has been served.

    See it now on You Tube at



  13. krr looks like a cross between don and rose.  Bad spelling and nonsensical ideas of don with the poetic appearance of rose; each sentence is formated as a paragraph.  Sort of like rose lost her evangelistic preoccupation and don lost his tattoo phobia.

  14. Discrimination allows superiority where truth is hidden and corruption tends to creep in.

    This is the human equation.

    People change day to day. Things change, steal rusts while conceited blows away, but the energy that makes us who we are moves through us as we experience our lives.

    Governments, Advocates, Churches, and Media put pressure on sex offenders who are struggling daily to make a way for their families.

    These groups are one in the same who have created the realm of secrecy and oppress for gain.

    To be ashamed of being a flawed human who makes mistakes, is the responsibility of the person/group/s allowing laws of decimation which is abuse.

    Inflicting pain on any person who has been betrayed by that societies recklessness to hide the truth because of its own shame is the ultimate in irresponsibility.

    By continuing to advocate lifetime sentences, separation,  eradication, concerning sexual offenses is recognition of the breakdown of group/s and any system/s which supports this human rights abuse .

    There can be no justice where the responsible party is the society which refuses acceptance of its error.

    Thinking that labeling anyone concerning life and death decisions with regard to sexual offenses has no validity.

    The stigma/demonization/and continuance of the myth is perpetrated by the group/s and any system/s that makes people suffer for a belief that has only for centuries hidden its own truth.

    Please take time to write those who can change our laws.

    What ever we do we do to ourselves as money and power leads us by the ring in our nose rendering us unable to hear or see beyond the sound of our own greed.

    Mr. & Mrs. Keith Richard Radford Jr.


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