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Bush's Erratic Behavior Worries White House Aides (Doug Thompson and unsourced quotes)
Capitol Hill Blue ^ | Jun 4, 2004, 06:15 | DOUG THOMPSON

Posted on 06/04/2004 10:45:29 AM PDT by dead

President George W. Bush’s increasingly erratic behavior and wide mood swings has the halls of the West Wing buzzing lately as aides privately express growing concern over their leader’s state of mind.

In meetings with top aides and administration officials, the President goes from quoting the Bible in one breath to obscene tantrums against the media, Democrats and others that he classifies as “enemies of the state.”

Worried White House aides paint a portrait of a man on the edge, increasingly wary of those who disagree with him and paranoid of a public that no longer trusts his policies in Iraq or at home.

“It reminds me of the Nixon days,” says a longtime GOP political consultant with contacts in the White House. “Everybody is an enemy; everybody is out to get him. That’s the mood over there.”

In interviews with a number of White House staffers who were willing to talk off the record, a picture of an administration under siege has emerged, led by a man who declares his decisions to be “God’s will” and then tells aides to “fuck over” anyone they consider to be an opponent of the administration.

“We’re at war, there’s no doubt about it. What I don’t know anymore is just who the enemy might be,” says one troubled White House aide. “We seem to spend more time trying to destroy John Kerry than al Qaeda and our enemies list just keeps growing and growing.”

Aides say the President gets “hung up on minor details,” micromanaging to the extreme while ignoring the bigger picture. He will spend hours personally reviewing and approving every attack ad against his Democratic opponent and then kiss off a meeting on economic issues.

“This is what is killing us on Iraq,” one aide says. “We lost focus. The President got hung up on the weapons of mass destruction and an unproven link to al Qaeda. We could have found other justifiable reasons for the war but the President insisted the focus stay on those two, tenuous items.”

Aides who raise questions quickly find themselves shut out of access to the President or other top advisors. Among top officials, Bush’s inner circle is shrinking. Secretary of State Colin Powell has fallen out of favor because of his growing doubts about the administration’s war against Iraq.

The President's abrupt dismissal of CIA Directory George Tenet Wednesday night is, aides say, an example of how he works.

"Tenet wanted to quit last year but the President got his back up and wouldn't hear of it," says an aide. "That would have been the opportune time to make a change, not in the middle of an election campaign but when the director challenged the President during the meeting Wednesday, the President cut him off by saying 'that's it George. I cannot abide disloyalty. I want your resignation and I want it now."

Tenet was allowed to resign "voluntarily" and Bush informed his shocked staff of the decision Thursday morning. One aide says the President actually described the decision as "God's will."

God may also be the reason Attorney General John Ashcroft, the administration’s lightning rod because of his questionable actions that critics argue threatens freedoms granted by the Constitution, remains part of the power elite. West Wing staffers call Bush and Ashcroft “the Blues Brothers” because “they’re on a mission from God.”

“The Attorney General is tight with the President because of religion,” says one aide. “They both believe any action is justifiable in the name of God.”

But the President who says he rules at the behest of God can also tongue-lash those he perceives as disloyal, calling them “fucking assholes” in front of other staff, berating one cabinet official in front of others and labeling anyone who disagrees with him “unpatriotic” or “anti-American.”

“The mood here is that we’re under siege, there’s no doubt about it,” says one troubled aide who admits he is looking for work elsewhere. “In this administration, you don’t have to wear a turban or speak Farsi to be an enemy of the United States. All you have to do is disagree with the President.”

The White House did not respond to requests for comment on the record.


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1 posted on 06/04/2004 10:45:30 AM PDT by dead
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To: dead

This is a left-wing hit-piece right out of the DUmpster.


2 posted on 06/04/2004 10:47:04 AM PDT by Petronski (Some leftists find Bush's very existence to be a "constant oppressive force in their daily psyche.")
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To: dead

What a crock.


3 posted on 06/04/2004 10:47:33 AM PDT by mombonn
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To: Petronski

No doubt about it. You know, the typist of this drivel used to be a Freeper? He's looney tunes.


4 posted on 06/04/2004 10:47:53 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: dead

This sounds like rumor mongering and gossip unchecked. It'll be on the alphabet networks tonight.


5 posted on 06/04/2004 10:48:31 AM PDT by JeeperFreeper
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To: Petronski
This is a left-wing hit-piece right out of the DUmpster

And the lead story on CBS news....

6 posted on 06/04/2004 10:48:48 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: dead; Mudboy Slim; xzins; HairOfTheDog; RMDupree; g'nad; Wneighbor
In meetings with top aides and administration officials, the President goes from quoting the Bible in one breath to obscene tantrums against the media, Democrats and others that he classifies as “enemies of the state.”

Pretty much the way I spend my day on FR.

7 posted on 06/04/2004 10:48:53 AM PDT by Corin Stormhands (There never was much hope...just a fool's hope...)
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To: dead
Worried White House aides

Is one of those aides named Terry Wilkinson, Doug?

8 posted on 06/04/2004 10:49:10 AM PDT by dirtboy (John Kerry - Hillary without the fat ankles and the FBI files...)
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To: dead

This thing already has been removed from the boards twice. Going for three.


9 posted on 06/04/2004 10:50:15 AM PDT by KellyAdmirer
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To: dead
I just never see Bush lose his cool; Kerry on the other hand, loses his cool skiing, biking, eating, walking; and when at memorial events, and when playing the guitar, and when choosing an airplane.... on and on and on and on... I mean the guy doesn't own the SUV his family has... what is he leasing?
10 posted on 06/04/2004 10:50:16 AM PDT by Porterville (oOOOo USA against the World in this summer Olympics oOOOo)
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To: dead

Forgive me for doubting that anyone in the White Hose would pick up the phone for Doug Thompson.

Of course, it's possible that someone was in a pixieish mood and decided to feed him a line of BS, knowing he'd run with it.


11 posted on 06/04/2004 10:50:20 AM PDT by ScottFromSpokane (Re-elect President Bush: http://spokanegop.org/bush.html)
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To: dead

When they get something believable with a named source I'll read it. Until then, this is GARBAGE.


12 posted on 06/04/2004 10:50:21 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: dead
In meetings with top aides and administration officials, the President goes from quoting the Bible in one breath to obscene tantrums against the media, Democrats and others that he classifies as “enemies of the state.

And this is a bad thing because?

13 posted on 06/04/2004 10:50:23 AM PDT by dirtboy (John Kerry - Hillary without the fat ankles and the FBI files...)
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To: dead
paranoid of a public that no longer trusts his policies in Iraq or at home

Counghing into hand: Bulls**t

14 posted on 06/04/2004 10:50:24 AM PDT by numberonepal
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To: dead

This is a made-up piece of fodder for the truly ignorant. This is the second item from this publication that has a lot of unattributable quotes and an axe to grind. Let's do some quick research on the writer and the "newspaper".


15 posted on 06/04/2004 10:50:31 AM PDT by xcullen (DC Conservative)
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To: dead

Doug Thompson is a sick, lying b*stard.


16 posted on 06/04/2004 10:50:37 AM PDT by Wait4Truth
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To: dead
The White House did not respond to requests for comment on the record.

LOL .... shocking

17 posted on 06/04/2004 10:50:42 AM PDT by JohnnyZ (The truth is like sunlight -- people used to think it was good for you)
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To: KellyAdmirer
This thing already has been removed from the boards twice. Going for three.

3,2,1....

18 posted on 06/04/2004 10:50:52 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: JeeperFreeper

This looks like a piece from STAR or NATIONAL ENQUIRER...an "aide" here...a "consultant with connections" there... hmmmmm....


19 posted on 06/04/2004 10:50:53 AM PDT by TnMomofTwo (Hypocrisy thy name is Liberal....)
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To: dead

This ties right into the DNC talking points about linking "W" to Nixon -- remember the "Nixon too drunk" story a week or two ago? The next leftie attack on the President will be slurs and innuendo that he's fallen off the wagon and is drinking again...


20 posted on 06/04/2004 10:51:03 AM PDT by kevkrom (The John Kerry Songbook: www.imakrom.com/kerrysongs)
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To: dead

OMG...the Crusaders are coming for us. This fits in with what Rush was just saying about Soros, and how the Left despises anyone who may believe in God. This is the culmination of picture the Left has been painting since the day Bush (and Ashcroft) stepped foot in office.

With Julian Bond's most recent speech about the Taliban (religious-right) wing of the Republican Party, the democrats have obviously got new talking points, to make Bush out to be some religious zealot.

Ironically, when confronted and asked just how Bush's religious beliefs have influenced America...nothing can be sited that most American's don't agree with (partial-birth/Gay Marriage).

Other than that, the opposite has actually been happening, as gay marriage has been proclaimed legal in one state...and the ACLU is removing every symbol of Christian existence in this country. Oh...and maybe the WH feels under siege because they are.


21 posted on 06/04/2004 10:56:59 AM PDT by cwb (If it weren't for Republicans, liberals would have no real enemies)
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To: Porterville
And it's the exact opposite of his management style. He's a classic executive in that he knows how to delegate and DOESN'T fret the details, that was Slick's MO.

This doesn't pass the smell test at all.
22 posted on 06/04/2004 10:58:01 AM PDT by Kozak (Anti Shahada: " There is no God named Allah, and Muhammed is his False Prophet")
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To: dead

Total bullsh!t.


23 posted on 06/04/2004 10:58:57 AM PDT by Constitution Day (Rush may be "show prep for the media", but FR is show prep for RUSH!)
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To: Constitution Day

24 posted on 06/04/2004 11:00:08 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (John Kerry - Not the Swiftest Boat in the Delta.)
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To: dirtboy

For those (like me) who weren't familiar with the Wilkerson story.... https://lists.resist.ca/pipermail/project-x/2003-July/004074.html


25 posted on 06/04/2004 11:01:11 AM PDT by TnMomofTwo (Hypocrisy thy name is Liberal....)
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To: dead
Well, I have a bunch of anonymous sources telling me that John Kerry is arranging for sanwiches made of little babies and Heinz ketchup, that he holds Black Masses in the aisle of his new airplane, and that he was behind the crashed flight of John-John, so it must be true.
26 posted on 06/04/2004 11:01:20 AM PDT by theDentist (John Kerry never saw a TAX he wouldn't HIKE !!!)
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To: dead

What/?!?!?! The only thing missing is roaming the halls with in a straight jacket muttering sounds similar to "found him in a spider hole Hah. I'll show them. Where's the circus tent?"


27 posted on 06/04/2004 11:02:32 AM PDT by SGCOS
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To: dead

No offense, but CHB stuff really belongs in "Bloggers & Personal."


28 posted on 06/04/2004 11:02:52 AM PDT by B Knotts
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To: dead

Goebbels would be proud of this steaming pile of RAT dung.


29 posted on 06/04/2004 11:02:52 AM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: theDentist
Contact Doug Thompson! He'll run with that!

(just tell him you're a friend of Terry Wilkinson)

30 posted on 06/04/2004 11:03:37 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: dead
You know, the typist of this drivel used to be a Freeper?

That's what I thought too. The web site rang a bell.

31 posted on 06/04/2004 11:03:43 AM PDT by OXENinFLA
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To: dead
obscene tantrums against the media, Democrats and others that he classifies as “enemies of the state.”

This is great news! Go, Bush!!

32 posted on 06/04/2004 11:04:13 AM PDT by Saundra Duffy (Save Terri Schiavo!!!)
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To: dead
No doubt about it. You know, the typist of this drivel used to be a Freeper? He's looney tunes.

Nothing crazier than a crazed ex-Freeper.

33 posted on 06/04/2004 11:04:29 AM PDT by ambrose (AP Headline: "Kerry Says His 'Family' Owns SUV, Not He")
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To: dead
But the President who says he rules at the behest of God

This guy's a blatant liar. Bush is always extremely humble about his christianity and has never made the above statement.

34 posted on 06/04/2004 11:04:46 AM PDT by what's up
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To: dead

This is bizarre! I just don't believe it.


35 posted on 06/04/2004 11:04:59 AM PDT by proud American in Canada
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To: Wait4Truth

Doug was a freeper?!


36 posted on 06/04/2004 11:05:49 AM PDT by Monty22
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To: dead
“Everybody is an enemy; everybody is out to get him.

This is undeniable.

Aides say the President gets “hung up on minor details,” micromanaging to the extreme while ignoring the bigger picture. He will spend hours personally reviewing and approving every attack ad against his Democratic opponent and then kiss off a meeting on economic issues.

After nearly 4 years in office, this is the first time I have ever heard Bush called a micromanager. Infact, editorial after editorial and newscast after newscast has constantly complained that he was too hands off and didn't get into the details enough. So which is it?

"Tenet wanted to quit last year but the President got his back up and wouldn't hear of it," says an aide. "That would have been the opportune time to make a change, not in the middle of an election campaign but when the director challenged the President during the meeting Wednesday, the President cut him off by saying 'that's it George. I cannot abide disloyalty. I want your resignation and I want it now."

I do not believe for one minute that this is what happened.

37 posted on 06/04/2004 11:05:55 AM PDT by Phantom Lord (Distributor of Pain, Your Loss Becomes My Gain)
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To: kevkrom

Ooooh.... K, you may be prescient. That's just the thing the Dems would do in heartbeat with full complicity of the mainstream media.


38 posted on 06/04/2004 11:06:21 AM PDT by JeeperFreeper
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To: dead

this is pure bull shit


39 posted on 06/04/2004 11:06:36 AM PDT by The Wizard (Democrats: enemies of America)
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To: Monty22

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/finduser?user=Doug%20Thompson


40 posted on 06/04/2004 11:06:47 AM PDT by Constitution Day (Rush may be "show prep for the media", but FR is show prep for RUSH!)
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To: dead

Are you sure this isn't sourced from a supermarket tabloid? The reason you know it's just a hit piece is the hysteria. Someone may need to slap the author for his own good.


41 posted on 06/04/2004 11:07:02 AM PDT by tiki
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To: dead

Garbage. Nobody's buying it (unless it'd be with public funds).


42 posted on 06/04/2004 11:07:29 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (STAGMIRE !)
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To: ambrose
Nothing crazier than a crazed ex-Freeper.

LOL! It’s true.

Any bets on who around here will be the next to go cyber-postal?

43 posted on 06/04/2004 11:07:30 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Petronski

"We're at war, there's no doubt about it. What I don't know anymore is just who the enemy might be," says one troubled White House aide. "We seem to spend more time trying to destroy John Kerry than al Qaeda and our enemies list just keeps growing and growing."




This is just complete BS. If there is anyone...and any party, who considers their political opponent a worse enemy than AQ, it is the Democrats. It isn't this administration that produces a new conspiracy theory every week...or blames America for all the problems in the world. I'd say this so-called anonymous WH aide has not only misplaced his loyalty...but his common sense. By the way...isn't this author (Doug Thompson) one of the gents who was in trouble for another lie he was caught in? The name sounds familiar from another CH piece.


44 posted on 06/04/2004 11:07:38 AM PDT by cwb (If it weren't for Republicans, liberals would have no real enemies)
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To: Constitution Day

Will he come on here and explain himself?


45 posted on 06/04/2004 11:08:49 AM PDT by Monty22
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To: Monty22

It looks like his account is still active, but beyond that, I don't know.


46 posted on 06/04/2004 11:09:41 AM PDT by Constitution Day (Rush may be "show prep for the media", but FR is show prep for RUSH!)
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To: dead
Doug Thompson is a bald-faced liar.

He had to apologize for a piece last year, and he'll have to do it on this one, as well.

Hey, Doug! This is the lowest thing you've ever written.

Not one named source, which means you made 'em all up!

47 posted on 06/04/2004 11:09:56 AM PDT by sinkspur (Adopt a dog or a cat from an animal shelter! It will save one life, and may save two.)
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To: what's up

The Pres. actualy got into that exact question today..

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2004/06/20040604-2.html

Q Could you understand -- your political action is inspired by God, you say a number of times --

THE PRESIDENT: I said what?

Q Is inspired by God, I mean, your --

THE PRESIDENT: My political action? I've never said that.

Q You've never said that? I mean, I'm not quoting you.

THE PRESIDENT: No, I've never said that.

Q I said, in general, you relate to God as a --

THE PRESIDENT: You said, my political action is caused by God, I think.

Q No, no, no, no, I said your political action is inspired by God.

THE PRESIDENT: No, my political action is -- my life is inspired by God.

Q But this has a political consequence when you speak about freedom, the notion of freedom, you relate it to God.

THE PRESIDENT: Oh, I see what you're saying. What I say is, I say that freedom is not America's gift to the world. In other words, I'm making it clear to people that freedom is more universal than a country. Freedom is more universal than man. See, I believe freedom is the Almighty's gift to everybody in the world. And the reason I say that is because I don't want people to think that there is such thing as -- that we want the world to look like America. I understand it's not going to. But freedom is universal. Freedom is applied here. Freedom is applied in France. Freedom is a part of -- will be a part of a new Iraq.


48 posted on 06/04/2004 11:10:15 AM PDT by OXENinFLA
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To: Monty22
Doug was a freeper?!

Still is, technically:

Doug Thompson

He is also a "reporter" with a proven history of making up sources.

49 posted on 06/04/2004 11:10:37 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: theDentist

LOL! I can beat that! I have a bunch of sourced (sauced?) sources saying he foully curses SS agents sworn to protect him, lies about everything he touches, goes jockstrap shopping with his DAUGHTER for heaven's sake, uses the "f" word like he's an 8th grader who just figured out he won't be sent to his room for doing so, wounded himself to get out of combat so that he could betray his country and help plan the assassinations of members of Congress, and is so stone-cold stupid and arrogant he is perpetually stuck in his own version of the past, ending around 1973 sometime.


50 posted on 06/04/2004 11:11:30 AM PDT by alwaysconservative (John Kerry: A legend in his own mind.)
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