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Does Bush Have Pre-Senile Dementia?

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Posted on Feb 6, 2006

The video below juxtaposes two clips of Bush speaking at debates—one during the 1994 Texas gubernatorial campaign, the other during the 2004 presidential campaign. You will probably be shocked to see how—there is no other word for it—articulate a public speaker our current president was a mere 12 years ago.

This video has been around since late 2004, but it’s new to Truthdig, which saw it for the first time at a Super Bowl party last night along with a group of other first-timers. Figuring that some of our readers may have missed it the first time around, too, we’re presenting it now.

The story behind this video is as follows:

In the fall of 2004, James Fallows, a former speechwriter for Jimmy Carter, wrote an article for The Atlantic Monthly about Bush and John Kerry’s debating style called “When George Meets John.” (It’s behind a registration wall at the Atlantic, but can be read in full here.) Fallows had seen the 1994 gubernatorial debate footage, and was himself shocked at the difference between Bush in 2004 and 1994. He wrote:

Recently I saw an amazing piece of political video. It was ten-year-old footage of George W. Bush, and it changed my mind about an important aspect of the upcoming campaign.

... The Bush on this tape was almost unrecognizable—and not just because he looked different from the figure we are accustomed to in the White House. He was younger, thinner, with much darker hair and a more eager yet less swaggering carriage than he has now. But the real difference was the way he sounded.

This Bush was eloquent. He spoke quickly and easily. He rattled off complicated sentences and brought them to the right grammatical conclusions. He mishandled a word or two (“million” when he clearly meant “billion”; “stole” when he meant “sold”), but fewer than most people would in an hour’s debate. More striking, he did not pause before forcing out big words, as he so often does now, or invent mangled new ones. “To lay out my juvenile-justice plan in a minute and a half is a hard task, but I will try to do so,” he said fluidly and with a smile midway through the debate, before beginning to list his principles.


After the publication of the article, the Atlantic published a letter to the editor from Joseph Price, a doctor in Carsonville, Mich., who speculated that Bush’s “[s]lowly developing cognitive deficits, as demonstrated so clearly by the President, can represent only one diagnosis, and that is ‘presenile dementia’!”

The letter understandably caused some degree of controversy, and The Boston Globe ran an article looking into both the claim and the author of the letter, Dr. Price. According to the Globe:

This summer, Joseph Price, a self-described “country doctor” in Carsonville, Mich., was reading a long article in The Atlantic about Bush’s speaking style. Author James Fallows alluded to Bush’s malapropisms and to speculation that Bush had a learning disorder or dyslexia. But those conditions generally manifest themselves in childhood. Furthermore, Fallows wrote, “through his forties Bush was perfectly articulate.”

Dr. Price’s children happened to have given him a daily tear-off calendar of “Bushisms” for Christmas. “They are horrible, but they are also diagnostic,” Price says. When he read that Bush had spoken clearly and performed well while debating Texas politician Ann Richards in 1994, Price thought: “My God, the only way you can explain that is by being Alzheimer’s.”

What happened next is that Bruce Bendinger, a college textbook publisher from Chicago, saw Dr. Price’s letter in the Atlantic and decided to get hold of the footage of the 1994 gubernatorial debate for himself. He describes it on his website:

It’s my wife’s fault. She subscribed to Atlantic Magazine and I happened to read the September issue. There, a feature article by James Fallows noted that George Bush used to be a much better speaker and debater than the George Bush we’re used to. Hm. Interesting. Didn’t give it much thought.

Then the October issue arrived and, for whatever reason, I happened to read a Letter to the Editor (I hardly ever do that). And there was this letter from a Doctor that essentially said—hey, if George Bush had some problem like dyslexia it would have showed up ten years ago as well as recently.

So a friend of a friend of Bendinger’s got in touch with Fallows from the Atlantic, and then Bendinger and another friend put together the video that Truthdig is linking to below.

—Posted by Blair Golson.

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By tony, November 27, 2008 at 5:14 am Link to this comment
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Dave, Gee I wonder who bush is most caring for: the victims of Katrina which he didn’t even know about until a staff member made him watch a DVD of the nightly news or maybe the casualties in Iraq whom he joked about during a press dinner, or maybe the middle class which he has destroyed, or maybe he was so caring that he choked up when he was told the country was under attack and couldn’t quite get up off his lazy ass to do something about it, or maybe he cared so deeply about his millionaire friends that he funneled billions in corporate welfare to them while average people were losing their homes and their jobs…...wow, the caring of this guy is about as mind boggling as your idiotic comment.

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By dave, November 26, 2008 at 8:14 pm Link to this comment
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You people should be ashamed of yourselves.
George Walker Bush or Dubya as he is
called by his strong supporters, is nothing
but the most decent and caring person to have ever
walked the face of the universe.  You people disgust me with your criticisms.  I have never in my life witnessed a more caring and compassionate human being who cares about the lives of the average working joe out there.  Go screw yourselves.

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By o-dog, November 2, 2008 at 12:19 pm Link to this comment
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this is more like Bush with a teleprompter vs. Bush without a teleprompter.  watch his eyes in the 1994 footage… he is obviously looking at a teleprompter.

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By laszlo grczkiewicz, January 29, 2008 at 2:55 am Link to this comment
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i agree with the earlier responder who said we should be less concerned about the pathetic, venal swine who is our presnodent, and more determined to find and exturpate the hidden puppeteers who inserted this [and other] walking pathogens [read Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush I] into the oval orifice while we stood mutely by with thumbs up our rumps as the consitution got shredded and the bill of rights torched. The Fascist takeover is complete.

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By Charlotte Corday, June 26, 2007 at 9:19 am Link to this comment
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To Auntie Corvid from February 2006, you’re only wrong in one regard that I can see: Twiggy, or “Beelzebush” as he is called, more and more as time goes by, DOES have downtime, or opportunities to stand back and pull it all together, possibly more of it than most of us. Is he not the most vacationed president of all time by a thick margin of difference? After reading your post, I can finally be forgiving of him for that. NOT! A great post, Auntie, I was absolutely rigid with AHA! as I read it. I will be showing it to interested family and friends. We have a loved one over there, my son. Hail to the Chimp.

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By Your Auntie, February 14, 2007 at 2:20 pm Link to this comment
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As a 30-year veteran of the PR trade, let me tell you sumpin’. It’s easy to give any moron talking points and stand them in front of the cameras to recite them.

What’s hard is to get them to say them clearly, honestly, accurately…when they either don’t believe them, or don’t understand them…or are under so much pressure that they can scarcely function.

Lil’ Twig is all of those things. He is a mouthpiece and a tool if ever I saw one: set up, handled, polished, directed, guided, shaped, blow-dried, spun-dry, and ultra spun. He is a puppet, and he was given the job by his corporate masters because they saw that Americans would buy an actor playing the president, with Dutch, in 1980.

So why not have a puppet playing the president in 2000?

It certainly fit with the Rovian strategy. Think about it, people. Selling a presidential candidate today is no different than selling Blue Coke versus Red Pepsi. You figure out how much market share you need to make a profit, to make a killing, or in this case, to win an election. Then you go out and assemble your consumer, I mean voter, base.

Karl Rove masterminded the Oilygarchy’s seizure of the Presidency by assembling that voter base from the most stupid, angry, hostile, hateful, history-deficit clusters of people in the US. You only need 29.6 percent of the electorate to vote for your candidate to jump over the hurdle of popular elections (ballot-box fraud really helps), and you need that percentage distributed suchlike and forthwith among the proper electoral college areas/states. They know, from psychological profiling of different attitudinal clusters, what it takes to motivate those clusters to vote for Coke versus Pepsi. This is all Communications 101, my friends. The psychology of mass persuasion.

Another thing to realize about Twiggy is that he’s wearing an ear bud. Every time he is ostensibly talking to the press, for example, he has someone in his head, telling him what to say. He is supposed to be listening to the question, and he is supposed to pantomime credible attention-paying. He is supposed to answer with others’ words as though they are his own. He is supposed to do this all with no one noticing, and without defaulting into some of the behaviors we saw at the end of his first term—the rocking, the staring, the Wimbledon eyes ping-ponging back and forth.

This sort of cognitive division and pressure divides the speaker’s attention, and can immobilize them. I’ve seen this again and again in people I’ve coached for media appearances. Dubya is in way way over his head. He knows this. His job, as it was given to him by his masters, is to occupy that seat of power, period. While pretending to be an actual independent human being, never mind an actual president. This is a man whose idea of food is Kraft singles on white bread, pan toasted in margarine—I doubt he’s even got vitamins and minerals flowing in his bloodstream.

My sense of Dubya, watching his body language, is that he probably has a strong sense of personal integrity, even if many of us wouldn’t agree with how it’s configured. For someone like that, being fed through the ear causes them serious cognitive dissonance. That, topped off with stress, chaos, the apparently brutally negative atmosphere of the Bush White House, and whatever drug use or other impairments this man has (he’s not terribly bright, he knows he’s never done anything on his own worth doing, and he shows clear signs of learning disorders)—and what you end up with is someone barely holding things together. They’re bound to sound demented, and more so over time. They are fragmented psychically. And they are in no position to take time out and pull things together. I’ve seen people come apart under this kind of pressure, literally break down. They were fortunate enough to have the ability to break down; Dubya doesn’t. He is being propped up by forces and interests we can neither see nor imagine.

Auntie Corvid

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By Jaclyn, February 2, 2007 at 5:00 am Link to this comment
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i think the best explanation is probably the simplest of all: It is easier to be articulate when you’re confident, and it’s easier to be confident when you are very familiar with the subject matter at hand. i lived in texas for most of my life and i can tell you that it’s a very familiar and comfortable place for a republican. core values, even among people of similiar affiliation, are more varied at the national level than at the state level where people are united by deep-seated cultural ties. these cirsumstances provide a supportive environment more insulated from the backlash of mis-speaking or mis-representation. he was also immersed in a far more intimate and sympathetic political climate at the state level than he is in the white house. at the national level, the pressure is much greater to satisfy a greater number of voters with more varied interests.
this is a man who, when he was in the state he called home, could speak with ease and confidence because he was among his people and he knew the issues and what they wanted done about them—all he had to do was tell them what they wanted to hear. clearly though, he is not cut out for the presidency of the United States. he has found himself dealing with more and greater issues that extend far beyond his scope of knowledge. as anyone who has ever spoken in public can attest, the more authority you have in speaking of a subject, the better your presentation will be. the drug theory is easy to swallow at first glance, but it wouldn’t account for the fact that we’re comparing 2 speech performances that take place 20 and 30 years, respectively, after his college career ended. and of course aging factors are always going to highlight any deficiencies of performance.

simply put, it’s a lot easier to rope a calf than to bring in the whole herd.

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By Wm Rike, January 31, 2007 at 4:33 pm Link to this comment
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Actually, I believe the answer is much simpler, yet more disturbing, than pre-senile dementia.  I think Bush has affected this persona of a yokel-buffoon to win votes from the salt-of-the-earth demographic of the electorate and to more sneakily promulgate his and his cronies’ agenda.  He wants people to think he’s stupid so people don’t think he’s capable of the sly, underhanded program of deception he set in motion the day he entered office.

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By Afi K. James, August 7, 2006 at 4:29 pm Link to this comment
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I like the last comment by Lex.  George W. Bush used cocaine, marijuana and alcohol incessantly during his college and flyboy career; I personally knew when he didn’t show up for his physical in 1972(?) that it was because of his use of drugs.  He showed every evidence of being a druggy (and I’ve known a lot of them through college and the Vietnam war). Since my father has Alzheimer’s Disease, but who is really smart, it has been demonstrated that Alzheimer’s Disease is truly invading, but happens more slowly than as much damage in 10 years. No, Bush fried his own brain and aren’t we so lucky. I’m currently listening to Alberto(torture boy) Gonzales during his hearing on the president’s unwarranted wire taps and the same gobbly gloop is coming from Gonzales.  They all a bunch of war criminals.  I truly believe that George W. Bush is criminally insane and should be removed from office by the 25th ammendment.  Then, Dick"Go F**k Yourself!“Cheney, Condoleeza"Not my husband!”(in defense of Bush for some really stupid remark he said in early 2001),Donald"You don’t get the war you want!”(Even though we started it)Rumsfeld, Alberto(torture boy) Gonzales, John(he’s one too)Yoo and the rest of this criminal regime should be impeached and put in jail.

No Not jail, the death penalty is even better for this patheticly evil bushit adminstration.

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By GT, July 18, 2006 at 5:12 pm Link to this comment
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Another explanation is that Bush has fallen off the wagon.  He is an alcoholic that never went through rehab.  According to recovering alcoholics, this is the perfect setup for failure.

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By Carol, February 21, 2006 at 6:52 am Link to this comment
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Bush has done we he has done, we can only hope there is not any more destruction he is forecasting for us.  We need to be thankful he can not run again.  As humane Americans, we need to get someone in office, who will try to undo the damage and go forward for us ALL.  If that don’t happen, don’t think it much matters what takes place in the next 50 years, the world will suffer for all the past discretions of humanity.

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By Jon Doe, February 15, 2006 at 11:09 pm Link to this comment
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Comment #3257 reads:

“He was more articulate—but just as wrong headed.”


I disagree.  I believe kids that are 14 and in street gangs should be tried as adults for adult crimes.  * Notice, though, how he included “social science” as a primary feature in education—that’s interesting considering most sociology courses objectively address the problems of capitalism.

Q:  What do Republicans use for birth control?

A:  Their personalities.

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By peter wright, February 8, 2006 at 3:38 pm Link to this comment
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He is not the one to worry about I dont think any one truly belives he makes the descions do they sure we all know its the Suadi Royal house hold who do that on a world level depending which of them is in the assendancey and where they put their money.

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By janinsanfran, February 8, 2006 at 10:07 am Link to this comment
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He was more articulate—but just as wrong headed.

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By Tony, February 8, 2006 at 2:47 am Link to this comment
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This is all very cute, but of no consequence. We have a horribly destructive president who’s only concern is for the top 1% of the population, who is instrumental in starting a ridiculous war, manipulating energy prices, handing out lucrative contracts to his buddies who steal most of the money (our tax money, folks),and who is presiding over the demise of our country, Dick Cheney. Is there any doubt that Mr. Bush is Cheney’s Howdie Doodie? It’s not hard to imagine Cheney’s hand manipulating Bush from inside of his back

We live in a stupid country allowing elections to be stolen by Diebold, who said he would deliver Ohio for George Bush and obviously did; who allow this mindless idiot to spew out his 20 word vocabulary without shouting him down at every turn; and by laying down while a privilieged few run rough shod over the constitution and over every true american; constantly lying at every turn, and no one seems to care. Well, actually they do care very much about some very American issues like boys kissing, flag burning, and a woman’s right to own her body.

We can all settle back and enjoy the ride as we watch China and India eat our lunch because they do have an agenda, and it’s not the vapid internal bullshit issues that this Jerry Springer, room temperature IQ culture here in America thrive upon. They are dedicated to becoming the world’s leading economic and military super powers of the 21st century. And, ya know what, they’re going to succeed because this stupid country will continue to let right wing stooges be placed into power by the neo-cons and by the christian (read fascist) right. Gore Vidal is right when he says, “When religion trumps reason, we are indeed returning to the dark ages.”

Too bad.

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By Kevin McDermott, February 7, 2006 at 11:07 pm Link to this comment
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The contrast is great and I loved watching this footage BUT I have to say I was completely shocked by the arguments spouted by Bush in this early debate.

Trying 14-year-olds as adults!!!?

My word!

This is absolute insanity!

Why didn’t Kerry, as another tool, use this against Bush in his debates with him?  Do we as a nation really want 14-year-olds tried as adults?

This is mind-blowing.

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By dckest, February 7, 2006 at 9:11 pm Link to this comment
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First, I had no problem seeing the video and my computer is 4 years old and performed just fine.. second the content is striking! It is gong to be a long 3 years and the slide is just starting…...... if he has to step down look who we have to look forward to! This admin. will drive this country into the ground!

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By joab kunin, February 7, 2006 at 8:30 pm Link to this comment
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Tom Leer
“I remember Dan
He was the village idiot
And though it seems a pity
It was so
He used to burn down houses just to watch the glow.

And nothing could be done
He was the mayor’s son”

As observed above, Bush the person ois not relevant.  He is the pawn mouthpiece of the eleteist nazi ruling class and there doesn’t seem to be a thing we can do about it.

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By American citizen, February 7, 2006 at 7:45 pm Link to this comment
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Ok, the point is not Bush’s brain, or what passes for one. He wasn’t any more cogent in 2000 during the Bush-Gore race. Why focus on his PSD now? Why not all along? Some of us have wondered about his mental capacity from the get-go (just as we were talking about Reagan’s alzheimer’s long before the media woke up and saw the fading synapses). So, what’s ridiculous about this thread is that it’s just more red herring. Shouldn’t we be focusing on the neocon power that stuffed this man into office and down our throats, not once but twice? If you think Bush is the issue/problem, then you’ve been snookered. You’re just the kind of voter Richard Mellon Scaife chuckles over.

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By Lynne Knight, February 7, 2006 at 3:00 pm Link to this comment
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There might be another explanation besides that of pre-senile dementia. What if Karl Rove decided that his man Bush, while he could speak well enough, didn’t have the wherewithal to learn the what would have to be learned in order for him to perform well in any debate over national and international issues.

So ... instead of allowing him to go out and speak well but emptily, revealing his shocking lack of knowledge, Rove decides to float stories about Bish’s dyslexia, he encourages Bush to drop malapropisms, to slow down his speech, to ACT as if he just has trouble putting words together, at all, when in fact it’s the ideas that are lacking.

Now Rove can lower the threshold for any possible debate or public appearance: If Bush gets through a sentence without a blunder, people will think, WOW! He’s not as dumb as we were told! If he speaks coherently, they’re in the money.

So they get it both ways, which is the Rovean strategy (witness Dan Rather: Kill Dan, kill the story of Bush’s weird desertion). If Bush misspeaks or scrambles information, it’s because of his so-called deficiency, be it dyslexia or whatever. If he speaks with any degree of coherence, he’s holding his own against master debaters!

It didn’t hurt, of course, that the Democrats nominated people capable not only of stringing complex sentences together but also of stringing complex thoughts together because they had a thorough grasp of contexts Bush was too lazy to learn.

You don’t want to bother to learn all the complex stuff required to run a country, you develop some impediment to learning, but not one serious enough to prevent you from making the BIG decisions. You know how to delegate, and besides, in your bumbling and stumbling speech, you’ll be so aw shucks-y that people will look at you and think, I could have a beer with that guy! He’s just like me!

We’ve been reminded by enough people enough times that Bush is not stupid. Willfully ignorant, yes; intellectually lazy, definitely; but not stupid.

And if it were pre-senile dementia, it would have advanced, noticeably, over the past six years. There wasn’t much of it in evidence the day in 2004 when Bush announced he was going to “spend the capital” his victory had earned him. Remember that? He had NO difficulty talking then.

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By michael richardson, February 7, 2006 at 11:27 am Link to this comment
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What can I say…there’s an old saying…you get what you ask for, so watch what you ask for. I’m not saying America asked for Bush, but I will go so far as to say…America wasn’t paying attention, she was to busy living the good life and watching “reality” television to know what was happening…now, they control television, the media in general and the way America thinks. My father believes it’s a plan to “dumb” down the people…it’s doesn’t get any dumber the President"Butch.

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By DC, February 7, 2006 at 9:58 am Link to this comment
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Not to defend W (there is no defense for the jerk), but as the current example you show the debate where he was obviously drunk and being guided by the voice on the box under his coat. There are plenty of other clips that are display more “normal” current state that also illustrate the cognitive changes.

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By Sonna Burns, February 7, 2006 at 9:17 am Link to this comment
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Bush speaks slower because he first has to read the tele-prompter while pretending not to look at it.

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By Mary, February 7, 2006 at 5:27 am Link to this comment
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I think it’s because he always wears a wire today, is constantly being told what to say, of course he has to slow down and listen to repeat.

Reagan had alzheimer’s and they hid that from us for a long time….

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By Maurice B Thomas, February 7, 2006 at 4:35 am Link to this comment
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I am going to type this slowly and carefully so that I make sure that all the “verschreibts” stay in my head, of things I am holding back and don’t want you to know about me, and if I DO make a mistake, I am going to backspace and delete the blunder, but then, I am typing and HE is speaking, though HE is accustomed to same, in public and private.

So, there is no excuse.

He is the P.O.T.U.S. and has access to the best possible health care and elocution advice possible, but like other forms of advice, he just does not listen very well.

No, American Citizen, it is not trivial that the guy who, in an angry second, could roast all of us, is not at his best on occasions when rehearsals would be appropriate and slip-ups have been numerous.

I agree with the 25th Amendment approach.

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By Peter - Australia, February 7, 2006 at 4:02 am Link to this comment
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It’d be a little more infomative/useful to me if there was sound included. Thanks

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By Diane, February 7, 2006 at 12:01 am Link to this comment
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I’m glad I read this, I had never seen this before.
I immedietly think of a cleaned up Ozzie Osborne every time I hear bush speak.

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By blog responder, February 6, 2006 at 10:02 pm Link to this comment
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Another possible explanation is that he was trained to slow down, to sound more like John Wayne, as the story goes. It may be that it is deemed more effective to speak slower, repeat simple phrases, not appear overly ‘clever,’ but just keep pounding the message for more ‘gravitas.’

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By koolac, February 6, 2006 at 9:33 pm Link to this comment
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“Which is worse: Dubya’s possible PSD, or your obvious adolescent silliness?”

American citizen,  The answer to that is easy.  The owners of this web site have not started any unnecessary wars, and they have not taken away any of our rights.  I’ll take adolecent silliness over death and destruction any time.  Bush is a war criminal, a killer and a pathological liar.

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By R. A. Earl, February 6, 2006 at 9:04 pm Link to this comment
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Steve in #3117 asked: “Perhaps W answers the question: “Is it better to burn out, or just fade away”? “

That’s one of those “good” questions that has no right answer. However, UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES is it “better” to be doing either when you’re the one whose finger is on the nuclear button!

If Mr. Bush is in anything but top mental condition, he should be removed from office immediately. Ooops… perhaps I’m too hasty here. He’d be replaced by Mr. Cheney, right?

Now there’s a GOOD question. Better to have a Bush in Hand (the devil we know) than a Cheney in the Oval Office?

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By bethiris, February 6, 2006 at 8:02 pm Link to this comment
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Even though he sounded more confident on his feet, there are still the lapses in subject-verb agreement.  Yes, he’s worse now though.  & I’m also sure it’s pathological.

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By steve, February 6, 2006 at 7:53 pm Link to this comment
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Perhaps W answers the question: “Is it better to burn out, or just fade away”?

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By iakona, February 6, 2006 at 7:39 pm Link to this comment
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It’s all the mind-altering brainwashing by the CIA and Cheney. Not to mention the shots of whatever they are shooting him up with all these years….

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By American citizen, February 6, 2006 at 7:28 pm Link to this comment
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Which is worse: Dubya’s possible PSD, or your obvious adolescent silliness? This is a waste of time and space. Get serious. There are bigger things to worry about than speculating about whether our president smoked and inhaled too much junk in his younger daze. You keep this up and your site will become terminally infantile.

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By Ben Shaw, February 6, 2006 at 6:06 pm Link to this comment
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When Bush was Governor, Karen Hughes always spoke for him. He never handled any direct questions from the press. Since becoming President, he rarely speaks in any unscripted setting. Presidents Johnson, Reagan, and Bush the First were not much better at thinking on their feet when speaking publically. Reagan and Bush the Second learned how to go to a database of cliches as a substitute for real thoughts when at a loss for words. By never challenging Bush’s misstatements and lies, the press today hides Bush’s total lack of qualifications to be President, much like the press in FDR’s time hid FDR’s wheelchair. The press in FDR’s time did not endanger the Republic, which can’t be said about the press today. If Bush had to survice Question Time as the British PM frequently does, he would not have lasted two weeks in office

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By Kevin M. Fitzpatrick, February 6, 2006 at 6:01 pm Link to this comment
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Maybe W was doing speed 10 years ago?

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By born-free, February 6, 2006 at 5:13 pm Link to this comment
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this is old, old news.  i read well over a year ago, maybe two now, that a texas reporter who had covered bushes campaigns since his initial run for congress in 1978 (?) noticed the drastic change in his public speaking and basic intelligibility.

we’re being destroyed from within by a puppet with a drug fried brain controlled by truly evil paper.

another reason why i’m not there anymore.

‘those who would trade a little liberty for temporary security deserve neither liberty nor security’ - b. franklin, 1759

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By Bluestocking, February 6, 2006 at 3:44 pm Link to this comment
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Hmmmm…there *is* a noticeable difference.  It’s amazing to see the sheer speed at which Bush was speaking during the gubernatorial debate versus the presidential debate.  However, I think it’s a little premature yet to assume that a neurological deficit—or specifically, “pre-senile dementia”—is an underlying cause.  As an example, one possible alternative explanation is that he was being more *truthful* during the gubernatorial debate than he is now.  I think I seem to remember reading somewhere that people who are being deceptive are likely to speak more slowly—especially when doing so off-the-cuff—they’re mentally double-checking everything they say before they say it in order to keep the “story” straight and for fear that they may let something slip.  It’s one thing to make a mistake when you’re running for office the first time, quite another when you’re already *in* office running for re-election—and even more so when that office is the Presidency!  Finally, there are other forms of neurological impairment which can create symptoms like this.  Does anyone happen to know whether he suffers from late-onset diabetes?  Diabetes can have an impact on nerves over the whole body—my grandfather lost nearly all his short-term memory in his last couple of years, and the diabetes may have been a contributing factor.  There are also neurological impairments specifically related to speech rather than cognition which are called “aphasias”.  I’m by no means a fan of Bush, but I’m reluctant to attribute much of his policy making to a cognitive impairment since that suggests it really isn’t entirely his fault—and I’m reluctant to let him get off that easy…

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By Charles, February 6, 2006 at 2:14 pm Link to this comment
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I’m looking forward to the post-presidential career of George W. Bush. It will be an astonishing public slide into senility, much to the embarassment of the Republicans.

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By Susan G., February 6, 2006 at 2:00 pm Link to this comment
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I like the last comment by Lex.  George W. Bush used cocaine, marijuana and alcohol incessantly during his college and flyboy career; I personally knew when he didn’t show up for his physical in 1972(?) that it was because of his use of drugs.  He showed every evidence of being a druggy (and I’ve known a lot of them through college and the Vietnam war). Since my father has Alzheimer’s Disease, but who is really smart, it has been demonstrated that Alzheimer’s Disease is truly invading, but happens more slowly than as much damage in 10 years. No, Bush fried his own brain and aren’t we so lucky. I’m currently listening to Alberto(torture boy) Gonzales during his hearing on the president’s unwarranted wire taps and the same gobbly gloop is coming from Gonzales.  They all a bunch of war criminals.  I truly believe that George W. Bush is criminally insane and should be removed from office by the 25th ammendment.  Then, Dick"Go F**k Yourself!“Cheney, Condoleeza"Not my husband!”(in defense of Bush for some really stupid remark he said in early 2001),Donald"You don’t get the war you want!”(Even though we started it)Rumsfeld, Alberto(torture boy) Gonzales, John(he’s one too)Yoo and the rest of this criminal regime should be impeached and put in jail.

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By Lex, February 6, 2006 at 1:16 pm Link to this comment
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Let this be a lesson to you all folks; take it easy on the blow!

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By CHUCK WOOLWORTH, February 6, 2006 at 12:47 pm Link to this comment
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It’s just probably not that easy to quickly repeat what’s being entered into the robot through the back-pack device operated by Rove or Cheney

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By Ray, February 6, 2006 at 12:45 pm Link to this comment
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As entertaining and tempting as this proposal is, one can’t help but be reminded to Sen. Frist’s “diagnosis” of Terry Schaivo’s lack of persistent vegetative state by looking at a video tape. Let’s not engage is Frist’s folly ourselves, to our own embarassment.

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By wsc, February 6, 2006 at 12:24 pm Link to this comment
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I have been here for a while and all I see is a blank square

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By alex, February 6, 2006 at 12:20 pm Link to this comment
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he’s reading a tele-prompter.

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By hombre, February 6, 2006 at 11:26 am Link to this comment
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Who can see the fucking film?  The site is so loaded with commercials - that the skip button doesn’t skip - that the site is a bad joke.  Check out this shit before you link to it.

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By Jeffrey Moskin, February 6, 2006 at 8:44 am Link to this comment
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Who cares what he has?

The important truth is that he has this nation in his regime’s powerful grip.

That is the current problem at hand.

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By JW, February 6, 2006 at 4:33 am Link to this comment
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It’s a thought - It’s pretty obvious now that Reagan had problems in office that were covered up by his wife and administration. It’s not hard to believe that what Nany might have done out of love, the Neo-Cons would do out of love of power.

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By Ricardo Palacio, February 6, 2006 at 3:44 am Link to this comment
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It is worrisome to see such a difference in Bush’s speaking pattern. I cannot believe the difference.

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