Should We Feel Sorry for the Dry Drunk In Chief?

From Holden:

Personally I have no sympathy for the man, but then I’ve never been an alcoholic myself.

George Bush’s problems are not only personal. By necessity, they have become the problems of our entire country. And our country is like the family of an alcoholic, devastated by the drinker’s actions but powerless to stop them.

Many will consider it a cheap insult to call the president an alcoholic. But recovering alcoholics, with steady doses of humility and rigorous honesty, can become extraordinary human beings. It is no insult to be an alcoholic. However, an alcoholic who simply controls his drinking, without taking the time to examine the many defects of character that fueled his destructive behavior, only grows more dangerous. There is a term for this unhappy creature – dry drunk.


If George Bush is indeed a dry drunk, he needs help. He must suffer the terrible pain, growing out of arrogance and willfulness, that any alcoholic feels in the absence of humility. In all sincerity, I feel compassion for an alcoholic who suffers in that state.

Regardless of whether or not he considers himself an alcoholic, we must insist that the president stop behaving like one. The principles of recovery could benefit the president as well as improving the spiritual and emotional health of his administration.