Increasing Mental Lapses and Temper Tantrums Worry White House Aides
An uncivil war rages inside the walls of the West Wing of the White House, a bitter, acrimonious war driven by a failed agenda, destroyed credibility, dwindling public support and a President who lapses into Alzheimer-like periods of incoherent babbling.
On one side are the dwindling numbers of die-hard loyalists to President George W. Bush, those who support his actions and decisions without question and remain committed to both Bush and scandal-scarred political advisor Karl Rove.
On the other side are the increasing numbers of those who say Rove must go and who worry about the President's declining mental state and his ability to restore credibility with Congress, our foreign allies and the American people.
The war erupted into
full-blown shout fests at
White House staff members say the White House is “like a wartime bunker” where shell-shocked aides hide from those who disagree with their actions and office pools speculate on how long certain senior aides will last.
Bush, whose obscenity-laced temper tantrums increase with each new setback and scandal, abruptly ended one Camp David meeting by telling everyone in the room to “go fuck yourselves” before he stalked out of the room.
describe Bush as increasingly “edgy” or
“nervous” or “unfocused.” They say the President goes from
apparent coherent thought one moment to aimless
rambles about political enemies and those who are “out to get me.”
state is a hot topic on Internet blogs and has increased since this web site
disclosed last year that the White House
physician had placed the President on anti-depressant medication –
a story the administration never denied. Others, including prominent
psychiatrists like Dr. Justin Frank of
number of mainstream media outlets, including Newsweek, The
“This is not some manager
at McDonald’s chewing out the help," a source with close ties to the
White House told the paper. “This is the president of the
Bush loyalists claim the
President can survive his current spate of political troubles and
emerge stronger than ever but an increasing number of White House aides
express increasing doubt. Some even go so
far as to speculate if the President’s deteriorating mental condition
can survive another three years in office.
“The President has lost his focus, his ability to govern and the trust of the American people,” says one longtime GOP operative. “Those are things that are difficult to recapture when you’re on top of your game and this President has taken one too many blows to the head.”
published at http://www.capitolhillblue.com/ on 2 November, 2005 (highlighting added)