Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Another Reagan?

Could George W. Bush be the heir to a part of Ronald Reagan’s legacy? Not his politics, but his medical history?

The question was raised by Dr. Joseph Price after reading this article on Bush’s debating skills in the July issue of The Atlantic. Dr. Price speculates that Bushisms (i.e. “I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family” and “Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream”) are symptoms of pre-senile dementia, a precursor to Alzheimer’s disease. This has caught the attention of Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam. I gather from the sentiments expressed in the column that Mr. Beam is a Bush supporter, but it’s interesting that he’s even open to considering the possibility.