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Does he claim not to drink? I forget. I know he supposedly doesn't do coke anymore.

Posted by Papayas | June 8, 2007 2:23 PM

I didn't actually post this but if it means I'll get points I'll take em. :)

Posted by elswinger | June 8, 2007 2:24 PM

I'm looking forward to some drunken rages. Maybe a naked Bush stumbling out of his bungalow to puke on the lawn. Yes, I'd like that.

Posted by Fnarf | June 8, 2007 2:27 PM

He's a recovering alcoholic but the close-ups of these pics show he was drinking a non-alcoholic beer.

In the world of AA that's not the best idea ever.

ALTHOUGH, it was the next day after this picture was taken that he "called in sick" to this morning's G8 meeting. Wicked hangover? Still rolling? Who knows.

Posted by monkey | June 8, 2007 2:29 PM

considering he skipped the festivities at G-8 because he was "sick," this leads me to believe by "sick," he meant "in need of a fix." the beer-to-get-over-a-flu tactic always works for me.

Posted by kim | June 8, 2007 2:30 PM

Think of the drunk-dial possibilities he has.

Posted by Jessica | June 8, 2007 2:30 PM

"Back on" implies that he actually stopped.

Posted by DOUG. | June 8, 2007 2:30 PM

Someone on a Gawker media empire site said it best. Recovering alcoholics drinking near beer are probably sneaking alcohol when others aren't watching. Truly sober recovering alcoholics seem to exist purely on diet coke.

Posted by Ryno | June 8, 2007 2:31 PM

I posted it.

sorry, just thought the image said it all.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 8, 2007 2:34 PM

Aw c'mon peoples, I got plenty of "now sober" friends that drink the non-alchy beer. Nothing really scandolous about it... you people sound like a bunch of pot-leads-to-heroin old ladies.

If I'd seen that photo unaccompanied by comments, I'd just think it looked like ice tea.

#6 - ha ha ha

Posted by Dougsf | June 8, 2007 2:47 PM

I would to if I were you, Georgie. Just stay away from the big red button.

Posted by Hernandez | June 8, 2007 2:51 PM

My mistake. We're helping administer these posts at the office and I gave this one the wrong author.


Posted by Brendan Kiley | June 8, 2007 2:57 PM

I hate posts like this simply because we don't know what he's drinking. It could be non-alcoholic beer (I, too, have known former soaks who drink it) or even apple juice. THe picture's too small and while it could be foam, it could also be reflection off of the surface of the liquid. Either way, he still sucks.

Posted by Jason Josephes | June 8, 2007 3:01 PM

Here's a link that shows the bottle, proving it's non-alcoholic. Still, the point about recovering alcoholics and near-beer remains true.

Posted by ECB | June 8, 2007 3:02 PM

Non-alcoholic beer? In Germany? Riiiiiight.

Posted by tarminian | June 8, 2007 3:06 PM

he's not a 12-stepper, he got cured by Jebus. so if he wants to drink near beer, he has God on his side.

also, beer settles your stomach when you're feeling poorly, as it has bubbles.

lets get back to baching Paris & leave our christian leader alone!

Posted by maxsolomon | June 8, 2007 3:12 PM

They could have photo shopped the linked image to make it appear to be non-alcoholic, just like they manipulated the intel to make us invade Iraq ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 8, 2007 3:17 PM

Does anyone like non-alcoholic beer?

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | June 8, 2007 3:22 PM

Non-alcoholic beer makes as much sense as non-stick glue.

Posted by Brendan Kiley | June 8, 2007 3:54 PM

My roomate's boyfriend drinks the stuff, so it's around the house. Not many places carry it, but there is some pretty decent stuff out there, I can't remember the brands though.

Just recently I accidentally opened one - and I drink A LOT of beer - and it wasn't bad at all. Actually it just kind of tasted like good beer, but a little bit off.

I think the recovered alchy + near beer = relapse "truth" is still BS. I don't think it's that simple.

Posted by Dougsf | June 8, 2007 3:58 PM

I think we'd be a whole lot better off if he went back to drinking. Maybe he wouldn't want to kill everybody if he was able to relax with a nice cool tall-boy here and there.

Posted by PdxRitchie | June 8, 2007 4:05 PM

@21: I disagree. I bet W's a mean fucking drunk. Cheney too.

Posted by DOUG. | June 8, 2007 4:15 PM

Not the greatest correlation, but the only time I ever smoked those weird herbal mixies that are supposed to replace tobacco was right before I started smoking again.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | June 8, 2007 4:19 PM

#6 Wicked funny!

Posted by lilblackcat | June 8, 2007 4:21 PM

He's just drinking the dehydrated pee of babies to stay young.

Posted by Ari Spool | June 8, 2007 4:23 PM

I don't know...I always thought he was pretty likeable in this clip:

Posted by Matthew | June 8, 2007 4:24 PM

drunk presidents ... now on vid!

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 8, 2007 5:23 PM

You mean he's been thinking all that shit up the last six years SOBER? No way!

Posted by Dr_Awesome | June 8, 2007 5:58 PM

Speaking of drunk presidents...did I totally miss it or did no one slog about about the new bio of Nixon by Elizabeth Drew? In she recounts that during the last months of his term he was routinely drunk for days on end and that it was understood by his staff that they would ignore any commands given during these binges.

I cannot wait for the inside history of the Bush years.

Posted by gnossos | June 8, 2007 6:59 PM

The man can't string a sentence of proper English together to save his life. I'm crushed to learn he does this stone cold sober. Hitchens is more eloquent while drunk off his ass than Bush is totally sober. Why is this man president?

Posted by SDA in SEA | June 8, 2007 10:58 PM

All circumstancial evidence points to him drinking again(if he ever really stopped) and believing the near beer is covering(the logic of an active alcoholic). It probably works with his ignorant base, but not Laura who(alegedly) has moved to a hotel across from the White House. There are many effective ways to become sober, but they all require humility. Don't believe anyone who BRAGS about how they only needed willpower and Jesus, as Bush does.
Non-alcoholic beer may be better these days, but I doubt its good enough to drink for its own sake. Unless you want a beer belly. I noticed none of those testifying about their near-beer drinking friends lives with the ex-alcoholic. It is part of the cover to please outside friends and family(or voters) who know about the person's drinking problem. Keeping a case at the girlfriend/boyfriend's house is a perfect example of this covering behavior, stops the nagging for a while.

Posted by anna | June 9, 2007 10:10 AM


All right. I'll pipe in.

The non-alcoholic beer generalizations are a little beyond the beyond. My husband's an ex-alcoholic, stone-cold sober for 17 years, and for him the discovery of some good brands of n.a. beer have been a totally innocent pleasure. A cold "beer" on a hot day is a nice thing for him to get to have again. (Clausthaler. That's the best one, we've found.)

For somebody who's just making it through by the skin of his or her teeth, it could be a different story. But non-alcoholic beer isn't even a vague candidate to send my honey careening into the gutter.

But he did once inadvertently bite into a truffle with some liqueur in it. He was like, "Right. That's it. I'm off to the pub." It was funny.

You maybe had to be there.

Posted by Oh, now, really | June 9, 2007 12:25 PM

The Boyfriend says there was an odd lil' article in an old New York Times Magazine, an interview with the President's personal chef, who named the brand of scotch Bush enjoys on Air Force One. There apparently was no mention or question of this at all anywhere, in the article or in response to it. If I can dig up the article, I'll post a link.

Posted by Boomer in NYC | June 9, 2007 1:45 PM

Clausthaler... that's the one. Not terrible.

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