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George Bush the Jock?

Reported by Judy - September 28, 2004 -

Fox News is known for promoting books by its own employees and it did so today (Sept. 28), when Fox and Friends gave a big push to one on sports called The Games Do Count. Even in sports, Bush's Friends had to twist the truth to favor George Bush.

One of the things that's most surprising about this book is that it was written by Brian Kilmeade, the former sports journalist posing as a co-host of Fox and Friends. Wonder how many crayons and Big Chief tablets he went through?

Apparently, Kilmeade interviewed major figures about the importance of sports in their lives, including George Bush and Senator John Kerry. Kilmeade mentioned that Kerry was "huge in sports" and that in Bush's case, sports had a "major impact on him. He says that his enthusiasm outdid his talents, but he was a heck of a rugby player, baseball player." Kilmeade did not mention Bush's years as a cheerleader. He also wasn't specific about what point in Bush's life he was talking about, but the Kitty Kelley book, The Family: The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty, discusses his athletic career at Andover and Yale with interviews from other members of his class. (Some of you may have issues with the section of the book dealing with George's drug use, but Kelley has multiple sources for the discussion of George's athletic career.)

Bush classmate Conway Downing told Kelley that at Andover, he and Bush spent a lot of time warming the bench in junior varsity basketball. "He could only dribble with his right hand, so he was useless on the court and I wasn't much better. The only time he ever started in a game was when a regular got sick and the coach put George in. He only lasted about a minute and a half before he lost his temper and smashed the ball in a guy's face. The coach yanked him, and that was the end of ole George's basketball career." Bring'em on.

Bush's father played baseball at Andover and Yale, where he was captain, but Downing said that, "Unlike his father, George always seemed to have his foot in the bucket ... and football ... well, forget it. Since he couldn't be a jock, George became head cheerleader so he could sit on the Athletic Advisory Board, which was comprised of all the team captains. Being a jock or associating with jocks was the only way to be accepted at Andover, the only way." Back in Texas, Downing said, Bush never bragged about being head cheerleader because cheerleading was for girls.

Another Andover classmate, Kim Jessup, said George made up his own games to play. Those games say a lot to about what kind of a guy Bush is. George liked to play a game called "pig ball," in which players huddle, throw the football in the air and call out someone's name as "pig." "Then you forget about the football and beat the hell out of the pig. It was a dumb-ass game, but bullyboys like George loved it," Jessup said.

According to Jessup, George liked to play a game called "stick ball," or baseball played with a broomstick and a tennis ball while wearing funny hats. George made himself High Commissioner of Stickball and organized a league, giving the teams smutty names like "Nads," Jessup said, "so we would all yell 'Go Nads.'"

On top of that, Bush designed an "official stickball membership card" which looked legit enough that Andover students used it as a fake ID for getting alcohol. Jessup recalled that, "People took the cards and started slipping off campus to go to Boston so they could drink and get drunk. All of the class was drinking heavily by senior year, except for me and my roommate, who were so straight we didn't go off campus. We were dummies." Jessup said school officials made him and his roommate squeal on who was drinking. "I got hazed for the last three weeks of school, and George retaliated later by taking me off the DKE (fraternity) rolls at Yale."

What a clean-cup all-American boy. Yes, sports do make the man.


senator kerry "huge" on sports. he never stopped.