Bush a "white knuckle drunk"

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Martin Sheen calls George W. Bush a 'white-knuckle drunk'

VISTA DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) -- Martin Sheen, America's favorite prime-time president, told a group at a California treatment center that he thinks George W. Bush is a "white-knuckle drunk."

In his speech, Sheen said he was concerned that the Republican presidential candidate never received counseling after a 1976 arrest for drunken driving.

"He's still in denial about it," said Sheen, a vocal supporter of Bush's rival, Vice President Al Gore. "You have got to be in a program. I did not make up the rules about that."

Throughout his campaign, Bush deflected questions about drinking and drug abuse by admitting he made mistakes while young and emphasizing that he gave up alcohol at age 40.

Sheen, who plays fictional President Josiah Bartlett on NBC's political drama "The West Wing," said he is a recovering substance abuser himself and does not mean to insult Bush.

He said he only wants to force Bush to acknowledge the severity of drug and alcohol dependence.

Sheen told the hospital workers they should welcome Bush to join a 12-step club to get over any chemical dependence he may suffer.

The remark was initially met by silence.

"You're not interested in welcoming him?" Sheen asked to laughter. "Well, that's all right."

Sheen took part in a state-to-state campaign for Gore prior to the election that took him through Washington, Oregon, Iowa and Wisconsin.

Durin his speech Saturday, the actor also praised the Vista del Mar Hospital for saving the life of his son, actor Charlie Sheen, after a drug overdose in May 1998.

"I owe this man my son's life," Sheen said of hospital staffer Earl Hightower.

-- Martin Sheen (dru@unk.com), November 13, 2000


Is "white-knuckle drunk" a racist remark? Is it a comment that is "hateful"? Or is Martin Sheen exempt because he is a Gore supporter?

-- Ooops (Ooops@slipofthetongue.com), November 13, 2000.

Oops -- "white knuckle drunk" refers to someone driving a car who is clenching the steering wheel so tightly and staring at the road so intently that the knuckles of their hand go white from loss of blood.

Generally, this is intended to refer to someone who is bombed out of their skull but is using every ounce of concentration they have left to try and operate the vehicle.

-- E.H. Porter (Just Wondering@about.it), November 13, 2000.

Ah yes, Mr. "Martin Sheen". Mr. "Sheen" is so proud of his ethnic heritage that he changed his name from Estevez to "Sheen".

At least one of his sons has some pride in who he is.

-- J (Y2J@home.comm), November 13, 2000.

"White knuckle drunk" is an old time term recovering alcoholics use to refer to drunks who have stopped drinking but aren't in treatment. It means someone who is on the edge just holding on, susceptible to relapse.

-- from AA (aa@aa.com), November 13, 2000.

I was totally unaware of the history of "white knuckled", I guess. I remember my first experience at parasailing, and I looked at my hands on the sides of that little seat and um...yeah...my knuckles were white from holding on so tightly.

-- Anita (Anita_S3@hotmail.com), November 13, 2000.

Sheen needs to be ashamed of himself. In AA they do teach not to judge others. White knuckled drunk = Martin Sheen

-- (Sheenis@an.ass), November 13, 2000.

So according to ya'll it's okay if I call Al Gore a white-knuckled pot head who has not acknowledged his addiction, is in denial and needs counciling. In fact you will all agree with me, correct? Of course that wonderful Martin Sheen forgot about the history of his guy. Ooops there goes his credability along with anybody else who tries to pin any form of addiction on W. Don'tcha hate it when you step in it.

-- Ooops (Ooops@slipofthetongue.com), November 13, 2000.


To be more accurate, Gore would be a *white-lipped* pothead due to strenuously pursing his lips in order to suck out the last hit of an oily roach.

-- dinosaur (dinosaur@williams-net.com), November 14, 2000.

Sorry, but marijuana has not been proven to be addictive.

-- What losers here (losers@RUs.com), November 14, 2000.

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