According to the National Enquirer, George W. & Laura Bush are in the middle of a "Booze Crisis"...
...Family sources have told how the 59-year-old president was caught by First Lady Laura downing a shot of booze at their family ranch in Crawford, Texas, when he learned of the hurricane disaster.
His worried wife yelled at him: "Stop, George."
Following the shocking incident, disclosed here for the first time, Laura privately warned her husband against "falling off the wagon" and vowed to travel with him more often so that she can keep an eye on Dubya, the sources add.
"When the levees broke in New Orleans, it apparently made him reach for a shot," said one insider. "He poured himself a Texas-sized shot of straight whiskey and tossed it back. The First Lady was shocked and shouted: "Stop George!"
"Laura gave him an ultimatum before, 'It's Jim Beam or me.' She doesn't want to replay that nightmare -- especially now when it's such tough going for her husband."
So let me play psychiatrist... I've always thought that part of the reason why Bush won't reconsider any policy is in part due to his "12 step/Christian Dogma Recovery" from alcoholism. He follows a strict set of rules in order to keep from drinking. He has to follow through & can't deviate no matter what. To admit his Iraq or tax policy was wrong upsets the order of his life in the same way he keeps from drinking by following through with the plan. No matter what the reality of the situation may dictate, he has a fear of change.
Maybe some real psychiatrists can comment on this...
Update [2005-9-22 11:44:31 by Rimjob]:
Many have posted how Bush has NEVER took part in an AA/12 step program. Instead, he claims his faith has been strong enough to overcome drinking. However, I still have the same question. Does he have some sort of dogmatic process that he uses to keep from drinking, that he can't deviate from? And does that same rigidity transfer over to his view of policy?