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A sullen President George W. Bush is withdrawing more and more from aides and senior staff, retreating into a private, paranoid world where only the ardent loyalists are welcome.
Cabinet officials, senior White House aides and leaders on Capitol Hill complain privately about the increasing lack of “face time” with the President and campaign advisors are worried the depressed President may not be up to the rigors of a tough re-election campaign.
Yes, there are concerns,” a top Republican political advisor admitted privately Wednesday. “The George W. Bush we see today is not the same, gregarious, back-slapping President of old. He’s moody, distrustful and withdrawn.”
“This is a President known for his ability to charm people one-on-one,” says a staff member to House Speaker Dennis J. Hastert. “Not any more.”
White House aides say Bush has retreated into a tightly-controlled environment where only top political advisors like Karl Rove and Karen Hughes are allowed. Even White House chief of staff Andrew Card complains he has less and less access to the President.
In a statement made Monday to NewsMax.com, Nancy Reagan said she is strongly endorsing George W. Bush's re-election and categorically denied a published Internet report that said she was not backing his run for a second term.
Joanne Drake, the chief of staff for former President Reagan's office in Los Angeles, said in a statement on behalf of the former first lady, "Mrs. Reagan supports President Bush's re-election 150 percent."
Published reports have suggested that Mrs. Reagan was unhappy with President Bush for his strong opposition to stem cell research, which Mrs. Reagan has supported after her husband's long bout with Alzheimer's disease.
Drake, however, noted in her statement on behalf of Mrs. Reagan, "I think everyone would understand that while she may not agree with the president on every issue, this campaign is more than just one issue - it's about leadership and she believes that President Bush is the right man for the job."
Mrs. Reagan's statement came on the heels of a July 30th report published on the Web site capitolhillblue.com.
The Web report, headlined "Nancy Reagan to Bush: 'We Don't Support Your Re-Election,'" quoted a "spokesman" for Mrs. Reagan as telling the site, "Mrs. Reagan does not support President Bush's re-election and neither do most members of the President's family."
Drake also denied the Web site's claim that Mrs. Reagan told Republican leaders she wants nothing to do with the party or President Bush, or that she "went ballistic" when she learned the Bush campaign was test marketing new ads that used Reagan's photos and speeches in an effort to show he supported Bush and his re-election.
Capitolhillblue.com also claimed that Mrs. Reagan personally called Republican Party Chief Ed Gillespie to demand the ads be destroyed.
"The quote that appeared in Capitol Hill Blue is incorrect," Drake said on behalf of Mrs. Reagan. "Further, I do not know where the information came from [indicating that] the former first lady went ballistic when she read the Bush campaign was test marketing new ads. She did not speak to Ed Gillespie on the telephone and demand the ads be destroyed..."
By endorsing President Bush's re-election, Mrs. Reagan joins President Reagan's eldest son Michael, who had already announced his strong support for the president. Michael will also be speaking at the upcoming GOP convention in New York.
Yes, Capitol Hill Blue regularly tries to bash Bush - nothing new there. They have a history of LYING in their articles, so I don't give much weight to what they say. For example, from Newsmax:
If the man does have a disorder that requires medication to control, he deserves our compassion as human beings. Only the insensitive and uncouth would find joy in someone's malady.
Originally posted by donguillermo
ROTFLMAO! You are using Newsmax to debunk Capitol Hill Blue!
I believe the Capitol Hill Blue story said that Nancy will not be attending the Republican Convention. Does Newsmax say anything about that?
By the way, Newsmax refers to Michael as Reagan's son. Michael is adopted. Only Ronald Jr. and Pattie are the biological children of Ronald and Nancy Reagan. Both Ronald Jr. and Pattie support Kerry.
If Bush is taking mind-altering drugs to control depression and erratic behavior, do you think the White House should disclose this fact? Would it be deceptive and unethical for the Bush administration to conceal this information?
I ask you, does this man deserve compassion?
Originally posted by Bout Time
It's a big issue that deserves full vetting, not humanizing & breaking down to commonality.
Further handicapping a petty & uncurious mind with drugs is like putting mayonaise on a shiit sandwhich.