Most of us remember when the scandal broke just a few days before the 2000 presidential election revealing that Governor George W. Bush had been arrested for drunk driving back in 1976. Although the incident occurred almost a quarter century earlier, Bush’s entire presidential campaign team flew into damage control mode. And, as we all know, Bush went on to win the election in one of the closest and most controversial contests in our history.
One of Bush’s companions that evening has spoken out about the incident nearly forty years later. John Newcombe shared in an interview with a Melbourne radio station that he spent the evening drinking with the former president and several others at a pub near the Bush family’s vacation home. The entire recounting can be found in a recent article published by The Houston Chronicle. The main point seems to be that George W. Bush was cordial to everyone involved and the charges were left as part of his part along with the other episodes of his drinking days. And I believe he readily would admit his decisions that night were poor.
Future presidents, much like professors or electricians or dentists, have been known to enjoy a drink after a long day. Done responsibly, this should not impact our trust in their ability to do their jobs. Sometimes, though, people make the decision to get behind the wheel of a car after drinking and this is a mistake regardless of profession or financial status. It is never OK and should not be excused.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of another person’s poor decision to drive after drinking, you deserve to be compensated. Car accidents involving a drunk driver can result in personal and property damages, lost wages, and the psychological impact of such an event. The personal injury attorneys at Bertolino LLP will work tirelessly to make sure that you get everything you deserve. Please call us today.