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Shrinking W: Is He a Puppet, Fool, or Sadist?

Since W the movie failed to figure out George W. Bush, a psychiatrist who's studied him is giving it a go. Justin Frank, MD, the author of Bush on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President, says President Bush is not Dick Cheney's puppet nor is he a well-intentioned fool in over his head but a sadist who will revel in watching the world clean up his mess from his Crawford couch.

Dr. Frank believes the mess Bush has left is the result of giving a destructive personality extraordinary power. He shrinks Bush down to a wounded child, a boy who enjoyed killing frogs who grew into a man — to steal a phrase from everyone's favorite VP candidate — hellbent (unconsciously) on destroying the world. To see what he said,


For Bush, the roots of his bad-boy sadism run deep. As a young boy, he identified with his harsh and often cruel mother (ed., Barbara!), whose inability to provide necessary maternal early nurturing culminated in her withdrawal after George’s young sister’s illness and untimely death. He was a ruthlessly teased, learning-disabled little boy who was criticized by teachers for not being able to keep up in class. And he was left behind by an emotionally distant father who reinforced the message from his mother that it was pathetic for a 7-year-old to show grief about his sister’s death. All of these factors contributed to an unrelenting self-hatred that made him feel weak and ashamed, things he tried to deny by posing as superior, exploiting weakness in others and becoming a bully.

Yesterday we heard President Bush defend his accomplishments (depending on how you look at it) and admit his mistakes at his last press conference. He was charming — but aren't all sociopaths? — and appeared sincere, giving the impression that he never meant to do anything but his job well.

So, who's crazy now?


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kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
kh I think if you read the comments on this thread, you would see that just about all of us, liberal and conservative alike, found this story and this "doctor's" diagnosis, to be complete bull poo.
kh61582 kh61582 8 years
I love how this site doesn't even pretend to not hate Republicans and President Bush. God knows why I even bother reading this crap. Already everyone is ready to assume that the "mess" the country is in is entirely Bush's fault. NOT TRUE! A lot of things, the economy for example, got their bad start with Clinton and just didn't come to a head until Bush. NOT HIS FAULT! Also, if I am "not allowed" to dismiss and say disrespectful things about Obama's Inauguration why is it OK to disrespect the final speech of a two term President of the United States? I was crying by the end of his Farewell Address because that was the last time I will watch the President of this nation and be proud of what I see and hear for at least the next four years. Not everybody hates Bush and not everybody loves Obama. Just because you don't hear a lot of the other side of a news story here doesn't mean it doesn't exist!
stephley stephley 8 years
Thank you.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
She went on and on about it for a really long time, but that's the gist of what she said.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I talked to my sister about this! She hasn't done an immense study on children and butterflies or anything, but she said that it's about 50/50 with whether kids like them or not. She did say, though, that it is more common for boys to not like them and for girls to like them. She said a lot of kids' like for butterflies actually comes from the books, etc. about them and that sometimes kids are disappointed when they see an actual butterfly because it doesn't live up to their expectations. She did say that, in CG's situation, it is normal for a kid to want to ward off perceived pets, particularly if CG saw her mom spending a lot of time on her garden. She said that it's possible that a little kid might not connect normal, everyday butterflies with the butterflies she sees in books since they do look different, which might lead to the perception that they are in fact pests.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
yes, it just feels like it isn't an improvement at all from the old format. A step back even, perhaps?
stephley stephley 8 years
New format feels very disconnected to me, there's something stodgy about it. Lilk, I'd love to hear what your sister has to say.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
That's what she said.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
And color wise it looks like a sports site for men. That is just what pops into my head.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
It certainly seems more difficult to navigate.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
It isn't slow for me, but I do dislike it. I never used spellcheck because it's built into my browser, but I have read other complaints about the lack of spellcheck, as well.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Personally, I don't like anything with more than four legs, unless it's shellfish and I'm eating them. Even ladybugs creep me out.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
And why do we get redirected to the first page after posting? Change scares me! :faint:
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Ok, is this new look or format to the site incredibly slow for anyone else? And can we not check spelling in our posts anymore?
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
It seems that you are the one making the assumption. I never said that CG was a small child. I said that most small children don't have great gardening sense. And, based on my past working with children, I would say children are about 50/50 on their like or dislike of butterflies. I will have to ask my sister, who has her phd in early childhood education and has worked with children for many years, what she thinks of the topic.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
My friends kid is the exception to that. She is terrified of butterflies and ladybugs. What kid is scared of ladybugs? :ponder:
stephley stephley 8 years
There is no reference to age in CG's post - you're making an assumption. If she was a 'small' child, I would say the behavior was slightly unusual: most children like butterflies, which is why they are so commonly featured in children's books. From my past experience working with daycare groups, most kids either watch or try to touch butterflies.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
:rotfl: My son would pick the flowers off, and throw them away, because they didn't look like leaves.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Most small children don't have great gardening sense.
stephley stephley 8 years
I used to go out in my backyard and whack all the butterflies off my moms flower bed because i thought they were i a ruthless sadistic person? This doesn't prove you're ruthless or sadistic, but your gardening sense definitely is off.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
Btw, email me your psych degree anyone who is also diagnosing Bush as anything.....unless its one from that TV commercial.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I also enjoyed "gassing" the frogs (ET Style) so i could dissect them.....
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
clearly a case of someone who just wants money for a book of lies. Bush isnt a sadist. and if you "think" he is than thats your opinion. I also see him as having a wonderful personality, and thats straight from someone who spent years around him, so forgive me if I listen to that opinion more. I used to go out in my backyard and whack all the butterflies off my moms flower bed because i thought they were i a ruthless sadistic person?
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