Secret Bush Tapes

It was revealed today in the New York Times that long time Bush friend Doug “Weadie” Wead just released portions of some secret audio tapes made of conversation with then Governor Bush during the 2000 elections. It would seem that on these tapes Bush admits to using illegal drugs:

Mr. Bush, who has acknowledged a drinking problem years ago, told Mr. Wead on the tapes that he could withstand scrutiny of his past. He said it involved nothing more than “just, you know, wild behavior.” He worried, though, that allegations of cocaine use would surface in the campaign, and he blamed his opponents for stirring rumors. “If nobody shows up, there’s no story,” he told Mr. Wead, “and if somebody shows up, it is going to be made up.” But when Mr. Wead said that Mr. Bush had in the past publicly denied using cocaine, Mr. Bush replied, “I haven’t denied anything.”

He refused to answer reporters’ questions about his past behavior, he said, even though it might cost him the election. Defending his approach, Mr. Bush said: “I wouldn’t answer the marijuana questions. You know why? Because I don’t want some little kid doing what I tried.”

He mocked Vice President Al Gore for acknowledging marijuana use. “Baby boomers have got to grow up and say, yeah, I may have done drugs, but instead of admitting it, say to kids, don’t do them,” he said

The question now is does it really matter whether or not Bush used drugs? In my opinion, this would be a non issue had he simply come forward with it during the campaign. While I understand his reasoning it is simply flawed. He is suggesting that “instead of admitting” drug use one should not answer the question and instead tell kids drugs are bad. Sounds like spin to me. Look at it this way, now that the cat is out of the bag how will all those impressionable children he acted so piously toward feel about him as a role model?

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