More State of The Union hypocracy, vintage 2004:
To help children make right choices, they need good examples. Athletics play such an important role in our society, but, unfortunately, some in professional sports are not setting much of an example. The use of performance-enhancing drugs like steroids in baseball, football, and other sports is dangerous, and it sends the wrong message — that there are shortcuts to accomplishment, and that performance is more important than character. So tonight I call on team owners, union representatives, coaches, and players to take the lead, to send the right signal, to get tough, and to get rid of steroids now.
A noble call for action from the president. Would Georgie have heeded the call if his own father had demanded action to end the use of steroids when he was president and Little George was part-owner of the Texas Rangers?
One man who should know says no way.
The Daily News of New York reported that Canseco, in a book to be published later this month entitled “Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant ‘Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big,” alleges that several of his former Oakland and Texas team mates used performance-enhancing drugs.
The Daily News also reported Canseco’s claims in the book that U.S. president George Bush, who was the Texas Rangers general managing partner when Canseco played there, had to have been aware that his players were using performance-enhancing drugs but did nothing about it.
Q Second question, any further response from the President on the allegations concerning his knowledge of steroid use by the Rangers?
MR. McCLELLAN: Yes, I talked to him, and he wasn’t aware of that at the time, if there was. But he — he has recognized for some time that steroids is a growing problem in professional sports, particularly Major League Baseball. That’s why the President has made addressing the issue a priority in his administration, because the use of steroids or performance-enhancing drugs sends the wrong message to our children. And it also has harmful effects on those who use it. And the President commends Major League Baseball and the players’ union for working together to take an important step to address the issue by expanding drug-testing programs and increasing penalties.
Q Just want to be clear. On the Rangers, are you saying there was no use, of if there was, he didn’t know about it?
MR. McCLELLAN: The second part — the latter, yes. If there was, he was not aware of it at the time.