President Bush Still Just Says Nothing
Author: Jonty Skrufff
Saturday, March 5, 2005Doug Wead, the man who last week published extracts from secretly recorded tapes on which George Bush discussed his cocaine and marijuana use, has handed over the recordings to the White House, prompting the President's spokesman Scott McClellan to declare "It's a matter we consider closed'. (Reuters)
David Borden, Executive Director of drug legalisation group DRC.net, appeared to accept George W's drug raddled past though continued to challenge him over the still festering charge of hypocrisy.
"As governor (of Texas), Mr. Bush escalated sentences for some drug offences, putting other people in prison for longer time periods for things that he himself had done or supported," Mr Borden pointed out.
"So if it is unimportant that George Bush used marijuana, it is kind of sad that he opposes honesty about it. And it is very sad that he continues to support cruel and repressive drug policies -- policies which could have ruined his life if they had been in place back then, but realistically only in theory," he said.
Pulitzer prize winning US journalist Clarence Page also questioned the President's "just say nothing' policy in his heavily syndicated column this week.
"Take it from me, Mr President, a lot of today's teenagers think you "smoked and snorted," as one of my son's high school classmates put it, Anyway," said Mr Page, "Your silence does nothing to defuse their suspicions." (Chicago Tribune).