George W Bush partied with Hunter S. Thompson
8 December 2004
In 1974, George spent Superbowl Sunday at a party hosted by Hunter S. Thompson. When asked decades later if he remembered whether Bush had used any drugs at his party, Thompson replied: "I can't be expected to remember what every drug-addled yuppie hanger-oner who wanted to get close to me during a football game twenty-five years ago digested. There were so many dope fiends milling about, I don't remember what some Yalie named Bush, whose father was a factotum in the Nixon Administration, was doing. But he strikes me as the sort of person I would have thrown out of the room. A rich, beer-drunk yahoo with a big allowance who passes out in your bathtub. ... I don't want to become the Deep Drug Throat. ... I won't do it."
Of course I don't know the real reason why Hunter S. Thompson shot himself. Maybe he always wanted to die with a gun, and he was now 67 and thought it was a good time to do it. Friends said he didn't seem depressed or especially drug-addled. Who knows.
BOOM! Instant take-off, no screeching or squawking around like a fool with your teeth clamping down on your tongue and your mind completely empty of everything but fear. I was hunched over the tank like a person diving into a pool that got emptied yesterday. Whacko! Bashed on the concrete bottom, flesh ripped off, a Sausage Creature with no teeth, fucked-up for the rest of its life. I felt like Evel Knievel as I soared across the tracks with the rain in my eyes and my jaws clamped together in fear. I tried to spit down on the tracks as I passed them, but my mouth was too dry... I landed hard on the edge of the road and lost my grip for a moment as the Ducati began fishtailing crazily into oncoming traffic. For two or three seconds I came face to face with the Sausage Creature.... That is the Curse of Speed which has plagued me all my life. I am a slave to it. On my tombstone they will carve, "IT NEVER GOT FAST ENOUGH FOR ME.
I guess he knows now. Wasn't looking forward to a quiet grumbling old man death.
Thompson, who chronicled presidential campaigns and the Hell's Angels, was a lifelong admirer of Ernest Hemingway and often quoted his work. In 1961, Hemingway died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home in Ketchum, Idaho. He was 62, in failing health and depressed. As a young writer, Thompson traveled to Ketchum after Hemingway's death and wrote an article about why Hemingway moved to Ketchum. "The strength of his youth became rigidity as he grew older," Thompson wrote in "What Drew Hemingway to Ketchum." "He was an old, sick, and very troubled man. "The illusion of peace and contentment was not enough for him," Thompson wrote. "So, finally, and for what he must have thought the best of reasons, he ended it with a shotgun."
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