E! Online Reports Bush Drinking and Marriage Troubles Rumors

Ted Casablanca, the former gossip columnist for Premiere Magazine who now writes for E! online, is reporting rumors that circulated on supermarket tabloids, at BuzzFlash and here at Pensito Review months ago — Pres. Bush is drinking again and Laura has moved out:

Is there trouble at the White House between Dubya and first lady Laura Bush? I hear someone’s headed for a hotel, could she already be there? Hmmm…

“She’s staying at the Hay-Adams. I don’t know how many people know…but it’s probably not many.”

That’s my Desk DeeCee, hard at busybody work, informing me further of what this column has more than hinted at before: that the U.S. Chief of Grief, George W. Bush, has a wife (by the name of Laura, ‘course) who’s so damn put out by the teetotaling Texan’s return to drinking that she had to get outta the White House. Woo-hoo! That be first-class First Lady dish there, my darlin’ goss[ip] lovers!

“She just couldn’t take it anymore,” whispered a former White House staffer who remains superclose to Miz Bush. “She’s had it.”

…Oh, for the official record, neither the president’s press office nor the president’s wife’s press office would comment. Which I find damn insulting, as I help pay those persnickety peep’s salaries!

I’m still a bit wombly from the Gonzales testimony drinking game yesterday and the cutesiness of the writing is quasi sick-making. So Ted Casablanca ain’t Liz Smith, but E! Entertainment is owned by cableco Comcast, which gives the rumor a little more legitmacy than the tabs do.

Update: (4-25-07) Laura Bush appeared on the Today Show this morning but Ann Curry did not ask about these rumors. It is impossible to imagine that had Curry been interviewing First Lady Hillary Clinton 10 years ago, she would have failed to ask about stories in the tabloids. Laura did misspeak egregiously, however, when she said about Iraq, “no one suffers more than [the] president and I.” The media has one standard for Republicans and another, much lower standard for Democrats.


  • Anonymous
    April 21, 2007 - 9:16 pm | Permalink

    Since Laura killed her boyfriend when she was 16, she and W have too much in common to divorce.

  • Mountain Climber
    April 22, 2007 - 5:19 am | Permalink

    I don’t think he ever quit drinking in the first place. But, take a look at his appearance now~and his latest speech, last week, talking about “chicken-plucking farms or whatever” was rambling, incoherent and sophomoric. I loathe the man, and I was embarrassed for him just watching him. He is CLEARLY drinking again.

  • flounder
    April 22, 2007 - 6:32 pm | Permalink

    As long as he doesn’t go back to tormenting animals (blowing up frogs with firecrackers), I don’t think she has anything to worry about.

  • JCM
    April 23, 2007 - 7:27 am | Permalink

    I read that Laura’s accident was not caused by drinking, but by Laura as a teen driver making a common mistake and running a stop sign, with horrifically fatal consequences. It’s my understanding that alcohol was not a factor, just driver error and inexperience.

    Give the lady a break for once. If you had to live with that for the rest of your life–well, maybe W is her accepted penance, her hair shirt. I wouldn’t trade places with her. She killed her BOYFRIEND. Laura probably minutely remembers every dreadful detail like any Nam vet. She was condemned at an early age in some people’s eyes, and knows it. Have mercy.

  • April 23, 2007 - 9:59 am | Permalink

    A small Chris Rockism: I’m not saying I agree with the people excoriating Laura — but I understand.
    It might be more tempting to let her be if she weren’t herself engaged in publicly supporting, not just privately enabling, all the Bush cabal screwups. Remember how we were going to be improving women’s rights in Iraq? Funny how we don’t hear about that any more, innit?
    Not to mention that we’re dealing with the same crowd that called Chelsea Clinton the White House dog. I’m not saying I agree — but I understand.

  • Salah Ud Deen
    April 24, 2007 - 3:45 am | Permalink

    Salah Ud Deen does like little boys.

    in any event.. your rumor has as much weight as kate moss.

  • juja
    April 25, 2007 - 4:31 pm | Permalink

    I can’t see her moving out because he’s started drinking again, but all that reported jocular flatulence? I’d be gone.

  • PJW
    May 1, 2007 - 7:08 am | Permalink

    I don’t think that GWB and Ann Coulter could have kids, since Ann is the man. Although GW does like boys.

  • tlennon
    July 24, 2007 - 12:00 pm | Permalink

    Bush needs to get into a 12 step program and get honest with himself for once in his.

  • Harry O
    August 4, 2007 - 12:55 pm | Permalink

    Well, that would explain a lot of his decision-making…

  • Dnurse,Pbd
    April 20, 2008 - 12:41 am | Permalink

    Laura seems to be a tranked Stepford woman.
    As the poster above said, she
    has had to live with what happened when she was 16 every day of her life, and now has to live with this sociopathic murderer, and criminal.And,deep down,she knows he is.
    And, as was also said above, as all the rest before her, she has fulfilled her duty at heavy cost, like the rest.
    There isn’t a Betty Ford Clinic for nothing.
    I am concerned for Barney.
    She sure as hell better take him,or Lord only knows what will become of the little guy.
    Dumbya can’t even carry him without dropping the poor thing on the tarmac.Oh, the look he got from her that day…..

  • Bruce Robertson
    October 21, 2008 - 1:58 pm | Permalink

    If the members of the vulture press and all the armchair quarterbacks in the general population could sit in the President’s chair for a few days, they might understand the crushing pressures his position imposes. The wonder is that the Bushes have survived as well as they have. Note how many who have held that office have had deep problems. Doesn’t that tell you something about the crap the President has to put up with, not to say decisions that can help or hinder the entire world? Does anyone in America have any shred of gratitude and compassion – or only cheap insults and innuendos? Any idiot can ridicule and curse. Try praying for them. Your political label be damned!

  • Madison
    October 21, 2008 - 5:13 pm | Permalink

    This constant whining and complaining from conservatives is getting tiresome. Take responsibility for your actions. You voted for him. It was a terrible decision that has turned out to be devastating for the country.

    Conservatives need to stop humiliating themselves with this cult of victimhood.

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