I have always admired George W. Bush ("GWB"), and yes I am aware that perhaps that admiration might elicit some less than nice responses.
With that said, who can not respect a man who has achieved the height of success that GWB has achieved?!
He believed in himself so much that despite what other people thought about his "riding the coattails of his father", or his intelligence, less than stellar reputation for common sense, or even his pronounced brashness, and maybe even bravado, he climbed the ladder of success anyway, straight into the pages of history!
And yet, he was a self-described, "good old boy" with a penchant for drinking, or as he referred to it "occasional drinking and drugs".
Due to the fact that GWB is public figure, and despite the fact that I respect him greatly, as a journalist I remain impartial, and therefore reveal some less than genteel facts about him, although he has been quite forthcoming about them.
"I made mistakes……and I'm going to leave it at that"
"I realized that alcohol was beginning to crowd out my energies and could crowd, eventually, my affections for other people. . . . When you're drinking, it can be an incredibly selfish act."
The turn of events that followed are nothing less than miraculous.
In 1986, July to be exact, GWB put the cork in the bottle; he finally quit alcohol (and occasional drugs) for good.
Clearly he wanted to get sober to achieve what he knew he could achieve yet had not. Even more, he wanted to return to his Christian roots, and take the reigns of his life again. He wanted to make history!
In 1995, he was elected the 46th Governor of Texas, a position he remained in until 2000.
The following year, in 2001, GWB was sworn in as the 43rd president of the free world, the United States that is.
In 2004, GWB defeated Al Gore to remain in office an additional four years.
He did it all clean and sober!
GWB openly discusses his "heavy drinking years" and credits his abstinence and sobriety with "…….God" and his wife's "love and patience."
Well, whatever the reason is that GWB has remained clean and sober for the last 27 years, I am proud of him! I respect his sobriety and all that he has done for our great country!
For any newly sober compatriots out there, let me leave you with some words from GWB, "If you change your heart, you can change your behavior."
The sky is the limit when you are clean and sober.
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Original Article URL: washingtonpost
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