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Thursday, Feb 24, 2005, 12:43 pm

The Doctor Is Out

By Brian Cook
A memorable reminiscence from the very memorable Hunter S. Thompson:

"I remember Bush as a kind of a butt-boy for the smart people. This was in the late 1970s, when he was in his drunken-fool period. He couldn't handle liquor. He knew who I was, at that time, because I had a reputation as a writer. I knew he was part of the Bush dynasty. But he was nothing, he offered nothing, and he promised nothing. He had no humor. He was insignificant in every way and consequently I didn't pay much attention to him. But when he passed out in my bathtub," Thompson adds, "then I noticed him. I'd been in another room, talking to the bright people. I had to have him taken away."

Actually posted by ITT intern extraordinaire, Christopher "Jesus, for an editor you sure have a tough time spelling my name correctly" Burrow

Brian Cook was an editor at In These Times from 2003 to 2009. He now works on the editorial staff of Playboy magazine.

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