Wednesday, September 15, 2004

The Must Have Book of The Season

After watching Matt Lauer argue semantics with author Kitty Kelley this morning on the Today Show (Lauer, it seems, took umbrage to Kelley’s claim that he had “played golf” with former President Bush --- turns out they only had a “putting contest”, so I guess he never really PLAYED golf with Bush Sr.), I had to find out some more about the book Kelley has just released on the public, The Family—The Real Story of The Bush Dynasty.

Kelley has been getting blasted by the usual Bush apologists for her latest tome and even though the number one best seller on the New York Times book list is a mud-slinging attack on John Kerry, Unfit For Command, those wacky Republicans just can’t seem to deal with tit for tat.

Well, I love gossip; especially the type that deals with a certain first family that I personally think is the worst thing that has happened to this country since Celine Dion’s music was first played on these shores (thanks for nothing, Canada!)

Here are a few tidbits directly from the book to chew on:

Go Ask Laura:

Both George and Laura used to go down to the island of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands to visit Laura’s college roommate Jane Clark and her boyfriend, the former baseball great Sandy Koufax. Elsewhere on the island, the Bushes used to attend and enjoy heavy pot-smoking parties. This was not inconsistent with Laura’s past. She graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1968 and had been known in her college days as a go-to girl for dime bags of marijuana. “She not only smoked dope,” said public relations executive Robert Nash, an Austin friend of many in Laura’s SMU class, “but she sold dope.”

W, The Sarcastic Drunken Wife Abuser (allegedly):

Potentially more damaging, in some ways, than free-floating rumors of adultery was something that wasn’t a mere rumor: George’s alcohol-induced behavior toward his wife. In W.’s drinking days, abusive behavior had, several times, driven Laura from their house. Often George would disappear at night, and Laura would not know where he was. Friends recalled a drunken George being bitingly sarcastic and pugnacious. One friend even worried about spousal abuse, but there was no official police report to document the allegation.

Hell Hath No Fury Like an Ex Sister in Law:

As governor of Texas, George took a hard line on drugs. He supported and signed legislation increasing penalties for drug possession in the state. He also signed legislation mandating jail time for people caught with less than a single gram of cocaine. Yet as Sharon Bush’s claims show, he could have been subject to jail time himself had he been caught “doing coke” with his brother Marvin and a friend at Camp David during his father’s presidency. “There is a long history of biochemical disorders in the family,” said Sharon in 2003, in the midst of her unfriendly divorce from Neil. “Schizophrenia, alcoholism, and drug abuse.”

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I don’t know about you kids, but I am getting a few dozen copies of Family as early Xmas gifts!

Three cheers for Kitty Kelley!!!

1 comment:

Tony said...

I wanna read that book, too. I am all for ANYTHING that will expose the Bush's and knock the wind out of his sails.