Watergate II : Bush : near collapse?


Richard Moore


Washington Crisis 
Failed and Dangerous Regime Clings to Power 
Report: Bush rarely speaks to father, 'family is split' 

TUE - 15 Nov - Bush Frying: Washington is all abuzz, just
under the surface, with one story after another about an
abandoned, isolated, betrayed, bunkering President. Add to
this stories of drinking, raging, shouting... On sale at
the check-out counter at Washington foodstores is The
Globe with this unusual Bush's Secret Breakdown
cover-story to the left.  Other insider-websights have
been carrying similar features from 'anonymous' sources
for some time now. On Sunday the magazine associated with
Washington's conservative Washington Times newspaper went
with a lead story from which the following is quoted, the
picture below used on the front page of the paper a few
days before:

"President Bush feels betrayed by several of his most
senior aides and advisors and has severely restricted
access to the Oval Office, INSIGHT magazine claims in a
new report.

The president's reclusiveness in the face of relentless
public scrutiny of the U.S.-led war in Iraq and White
House leaks regarding CIA operative Valerie Plame has
become so extreme that Mr. Bush has also reduced contact
with his father, former President George H.W. Bush,
administration sources said on the condition of anonymity.

"The atmosphere in the Oval Office has become unbearable,"
a source said. "Even the family is split."

Sources close to the White House say that Mr. Bush has
become isolated and feels betrayed by key officials in the
wake of plunging domestic support, the continued
insurgency in Iraq and the CIA-leak investigation that has
resulted in the indictment and resignation of Lewis
"Scooter" Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief
of staff.

The sources said Mr. Bush maintains daily contact with
only four people: first lady Laura Bush, his mother,
Barbara Bush, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and
Undersecretary of State Karen Hughes. The sources also say
that Mr. Bush has stopped talking with his father, except
on family occasions."



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