Alfred E Bush


On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signs the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Act prohibits employment discrimination against the handicapped. Who could have guessed he planed to use ADA to get his son a job?

"I sometimes feel that Alfred E. Neuman is in charge in Washington."

-Hillary Clinton, July 10, 2005


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"If a patient came into my office warning of an imminent attack on the US with weapons of mass destruction without there being any evidence whatsoever that this would occur, and saying that we had to strike first and "take out" all those who were a threat to us as a first step toward world domination, I would diagnose him as suffering from paranoid and grandiose delusions and perhaps as psychotic. And, fearing that he constituted a potential danger to himself or others, I would commit him to a psychiatric hospital for a period of evaluation and treatment. I suspect that some of my colleagues with licenses to practice psychiatry in Washington DC are struggling with the decision to exercise their clinical, ethical, and legal responsibilities to protect the public now that the US Congress has failed to do so."
-Eric Chivian MD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School (Published in The Guardian, Jan. 6th)






by Dr. Justin Frank                                 



Dr. Justin Frank M.D. is an expert in the field of psychoanalysis. A clinician with more than thirty year's experience, Dr. Frank has been a former columnist for Salon magazine and is a frequent writer on topics as diverse as politics, film, and theater. He is the co-director of the Metropolitan Center for Object Relations in New York, a clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at George Washington University Medical Center, and a teaching analyst at the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute. 

“President bush is not my patient, I am using a technique [called] applied psychoanalysis. I'm a psychoanalyst in practice for 35 years and a professor at George Washington university. And I decided to use time old techniques of applying psychoanalytic principals to thinking about president bush.”

-Dr. Justin Frank

This analysis of George W. Bush was based on extensive review of press conferences, speeches and from memoirs written by his parents. Dr. Frank searched for patterns of behavior in this material that he could use in his analysis. This technique was popularized by the federal government to asses the character of foreign leaders and has been in practice since WWII. Using the technique of applied psychoanalysis there were 2 studies commissioned on Adolph Hitler in WWII that proved effective in foreign policy and prosecution of the war. This is the same technique Dr. Frank used on George W. Bush.

"I was really very unsettled by him and I started watching everything he did and reading what he wrote, and watching him on videotape. I felt he was disturbed," "Bush fits the profile of a former drinker whose alcoholism has been arrested but not treated."

-Dr Justin Frank 

Following are some of Dr. Frank's troubling findings from his extensive review inside the mind of George W. Bush:

* Bush suffered childhood losses, including the death of his
sister, that were never mourned by his family—setting up a lifelong
pattern of avoiding pain at all costs.

* Bush developed a false sense of omnipotence, making it difficult
for him to reason about, let alone even perceive, reality.

* Bush uses fundamentalism as self medication against his internal
fear of emotional collapse.

* The president's history of untreated alcohol abuse affects him
AND our nation. We are a nation of enablers led by an untreated

* Bush learns only by listening, not by reading. This makes
integration of complex thoughts extremely difficult. It contributes to a
black and white world view. He is constitutionally unable to question
his own decisions.

* Bush is driven to invent adversaries so that he can destroy them.
It is a paranoid fantasy—not a conscious lie—that Saddam Hussein posed
an immediate threat. That fantasy serves his grandiose mission: The
United States is chosen by God to protect the world from that threat.

* Bush has "malign indifference" to the suffering of others which
as a passive manifestation of innate sadism. This indifference is so
extreme that Bush included the overwhelming tragedy of 9/11 as part the
series of jokes he used at political fundraisers from November 2001
through June 2002.

* Bush's concepts of himself, of God, and of America have become

* Bush's lifelong inability to mourn, mixed with sadism, makes him
unable to take seriously the destructive consequences of his actions. He
branded fraternity pledges with hot coat hangers but called the results
"only cigarette burns"—part of a life-long pattern of denied

* Bush found in religion a source of calm not wholly different from
alcohol, as well as a set of rules that helps him manage both the world
around him and his private world within.

* Bush must keep an enemy around for psychological as well as
electoral reasons.

* Bush teases his constituents with false promises of support,
teasing even the military. By doing so he mocks his own family.

* When Bush speaks vaguely of evil-doers he is cruelly trying to
evacuate his own fears into the rest of us. He turns the world into his
stage and we live out his unexamined fear and rage.

* When Bush speaks vaguely of "evil-doers" he is replicating
exactly the words that Sigmund Freud used to describe symptoms of
paranoid megalomania.

* Defeating the evil-doers who humiliated his father has proven an
effective way for George W. Bush to disguise his own wish to defeat his
father—even from himself.


Additional observations by Dr. Frank:

"If one of my patients frequently said one thing and did another, I would want to know why. If I found that he often used words that hid their true meaning, and affected a persona that obscured the nature of his actions, I would grow more concerned. If he presented an inflexible worldview characterized by an oversimplified distinction between right and wrong, good and evil, allies and enemies, I would question his ability to grasp reality." 

“George W. Bush is without conscience...and destructive, willfully so. He has always liked to break things...most shocking is the way he is breaking our armed forces.”

“He doesn’t care about others, is indifferent to their suffering...He is almost constitutionally missing the ability to sympathize or empathize...More indifferent to reality than out of touch with it, he makes up whatever story he wants.”

“Ultimately, he is psychologically unstable...His goal is to destroy things without experiencing anxiety or a sense of responsibility. An equally important goal is to protect himself from shame, from being wrong, from being found small and weak.”

"Our sole treatment option -- for his benefit and for ours -- is to remove President Bush from office . . . before it is too late."

“I think he ought not be president. ...because of his ability to think“

“Not qualified to be president, actually. Psychologically, emotionally i don't think he is able to do the job as lots of people have seen now.”

"George Bush Is a Very Destructive Man."

“...he's over-matched, and unfortunately we're the one's suffering.”

-Dr. Justin Frank

Q) Dr. Frank, how much danger are we in?

A) “There are 2 parts to this about the danger we're in: one is that he is managing his anxiety by playing it out on the world stage, and in a very deadly way” “second problem, is that he actually does have actually a kind of a cruel destructive streak and I think that when you see his need to spend money that we don't have there is an atmosphere breaking things, he likes to break government, he wants to break things, look what hes done to Baghdad, look what he's allowed to be done to New Orleans, I think that he is also a very destructive person and unfortunately a lot of that is unconscious.”

-Dr. Justin Frank

Dr. Frank’s conclusions in his book Bush on the Couch have been praised by other prominent psychiatrists, including Dr. James Grotstein, Professor at UCLA Medical Center, and Dr. Irvin Yalom, MD, Professor Emeritus at Stanford University Medical School.


Abbas Sadeghian, a Clinical Neuropsychologist:

A person’s vocabulary and syntax have a high correlation with his general IQ. The problem of poor vocabulary is quite evident in Bush’s communications. He demonstrates this difficulty vividly when explaining his point on important matters. In the absence of the right word, he often uses strong facial expressions to make his point. Considering Bush’s poor vocabulary and syntax, one can postulate that his general IQ is probably at the lower end of the average range.

-Abbas Sadeghian, Neuropsychologist

Further observations by Dr. Sadeghian:

(1) Poor reading skills and lack of desire for general knowledge has made him almost intellectually illiterate. He required heavy tutoring in history, geography and international affairs before his run for office. Condoleezza Rice and Dick Cheney worked with him for a year to prepare him for the job. And since then these deficiencies have caused him to become dependent on his advisers for decision making. In the relationship between Vice President Cheney and President Bush, the more mature Cheney has become the dominant figure. Consequently, he has difficulty making decisions without Chaney (remember the seven minutes in the classroom while America was under attack?)

(2) A Bush characteristic that he is proud of and his supporters refer to as his advantage is his “resolve and stubbornness.” While in psychology terms we refer to this phenomenon as “concrete thinking”, which is common among people with alcohol history, making them inflexible, harsh and difficult.

(3) He has a strong sense of divine mission, he believes that he is doing Gods work and refers to his actions as a crusade. He has been told by many of his advisers not to use such statements and he has made public announcements that he will not call himself a crusader anymore but it looks like he just can not help it.

Abbas Sadeghian is a Clinical Neuropsychologist. Dr. Sadeghian works mostly with people who have suffered from a stroke or other neurological condition. His minor in college was History. He is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in North Eastern Ohio University College of Medicine.