How do these people get into office, or even stay in office? You won’t believe some of the crazy things some politicians are into.
Ulysses S. Grant
Ulysses S. Grant loved his cigars and his alcohol. There were lots of rumors of him going around that he had been drunk in public. There was another rumor that said he left the army in 1854 because his commanding officer found him trashed while on duty. If he hadn’t left, he would have been court marshaled.
George W. Bush
On his 40th birthday, George W. Bush woke up with a horrible hangover. He took a hard look at his life. At 20 years old, he was arrested for being drunk and disorderly and received a DUI at age 30. He got sober after his 40th birthday, although he claims he never was an alcoholic, just “drank too much.”
Joseph McCarthy was the man who orchestrated the Communist hunt in the 1950s. This is when everyone were informing on each other for being Communist spies without having any evidence. McCarthy also really liked his scotch. He liked it so much that he developed cirrhosis of the liver, from which he died at 48 years old.
The reality of Richard Nixon’s drinking problems didn’t come out until biographers and historians started writing about him. Nixon really liked his dry martinis as well as rum and cokes. Phone transcripts found that at one point he could not talk to the British Prime Minister in 1973 about the Arab-Israeli War because he was too drunk.
Franklin Pierce is known by some scholars as “the presidency’s greatest drunk.” He drank a lot and appeared intoxicated in public on many occasions. He died when he was 64 from cirrhosis of the liver. All of his children died at a young age and Pierce was named the worst president in history.
For 30 years, Bob Packwood served on the United States Senate. In the early 90s, he was accused of sexual harassment and misconduct by 10 women. Packwood went into a treatment facility for alcohol abuse. He said he is more of a binge drinker and cannot drink in moderation.
Alexander the Great
Alexander the Great was King of Macedonia from 336 to 323 BC. While his father drank a lot, Alexander drank more. He even organized the drinking Olympics. This is where the athletes drank large amounts of wine and many of them died. One day he drank 33 pots of wine and died.
Prince Vladimir of Kiev
Prince Vladimir of Kiev reigned during the 9th century. He loved to drink vodka, which played an instrumental part in him choosing Christianity for Europe over Islam. His entire decision was based around liquor, which definitely means he had a problem.
Josef Stalin’s drinking started out when he was a child, as he was given a vodka-soaked cloth instead of a pacifier. During the WWII, he would drink 30 or more shots of vodka after dinner and before going to bed. 30 shots is a ridiculous amount as it would kill a normal person.
At just 15 years old, John Adams went to Harvard where he picked up the habit of drinking beer for breakfast. He was known for being drunk. Besides drinking, he started smoking at the young age of eight. So he must have died early, right? Nope, he lived until he was 90.
Martin van Buren
Martin van Buren built up his tolerance for alcohol so much that his friends called him “Blue Whiskey Van.” Martin could drink a ton of alcohol and still not show any signs of being drunk. He ran for president in 1840 but Henry Harrison pointed him out as an alcoholic, causing him to lose the election.
James Buchanan was president of the United States and worked around alcohol. Every Sunday he would get a gallon of whiskey from the distillery and if the White House used small bottles of champagne, he would get mad. Because of his drinking, Buchanan got dysentery and gout twice since his immune system was so weakened.
Chester A. Arthur
Chester A. Arthur was another president who drank every day. He would drink liqueurs and wine after dinner every night as well as when he had friends over. He drank so much that he gained 40 pounds while in office. Saturday night he could be found drunk and sometimes couldn’t walk a block the next morning.
Grover Cleveland drank beer on a regular basis, which could be seen by his enormous beer belly. Early in his career when he was running for District Attorney in New York, he and his opponent agreed to only have four glasses of beer a day. This was so they could keep their heads clear during the race.
Willie Gandara Jr.
Willie Gandara Jr. was a Texas County Commissioner. He said the legalization of drugs was bad for America. Yet, in February of 2012, he was arrested for federal drug trafficking. The DEA, IRS, and FBI had been investigating the ring since 2011. Gandara clearly didn’t want drugs to be legal because he would lose his profit.
Steve Katz was a New York Assemblyman. He voted against legalizing marijuana but was arrested for possession of it in March of 2013. In 2000, he had been arrested for a DUI. He had also been arrested twice many years ago, in a matter that was related to his veterinary business. Seems like he is not a good role model.
Ted Vick was a South Carolina State Representative who was arrested in May of 2013. He was seen “staggering side to side” while “struggling to maintain his balance” near the House of Representatives. Before he could drive too far, a cop pulled him over. He had also been arrested for unlawful possession of a gun and DUI in May of 2012.
This Idaho Senator identifies as Mormon, meaning he shouldn’t be drinking. He also is fighting the war against meth. In 2012, he was arrested for DUI while in Arlington, Virginia. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail when he pled guilty to the DUI. His license was also suspended for 12 months.
Mel LeBlanc was a Councilman for Arlington, Texas. There was an investigation on Mel as well as the interim deputy mayor, who had been getting marijuana and meth from prostitutes. A jury did not prosecute him in 2011, but he did resign from office.
The Mayor of Poulan, Georgia was pulled over during a traffic stop because his trailer had no tag. Police found 57 pills, which included Oxycontin and Vicodin, along with a loaded gun. He was arrested for drug possession during this September 2012 stop. However, he is still the Mayor of Poulan.
Dirk Feldman is a member of Parliament in South Africa. In 2012, he had too many drinks on a flight from Johannesburg to Mumbai. He tried to exit the plane while it was still in the air. Feldman and some of his party were placed in detention until the plane landed.
Denny Sparks was the Mayor of Olive Hill, Kentucky. In 2012, he was arrested for allegedly selling marijuana to a police informant. Where did he allegedly sell this pot? In an elementary school parking lot. He resigned from his position and was charged with felony trafficking of marijuana.
Marion Barry was the Mayor of Washington D.C. In 1990, he was arrested for possession and use of crack cocaine. The FBI and DC police caught him by a hotel sting operation. Hi ex-girlfriend, Rasheeda Moore, was part of the sting and insisted they smoke crack before having sex. He was sentenced to six months in prison and went on to a fourth term as mayor from 1995 to 1999.
President Barack Obama
In the memoir Dreams from My Father the president admitted that he used to be a pretty big pothead in high school as a member of the “Choom Gang.” He also said he did coke once in a while too. He used these, along with alcohol, as coping mechanisms because his father was absent.
David Paterson was the Governor of New York after Eliot Spitzer. An interviewer asked the governor about using cocaine and Paterson responded saying “I’d say I was 22 or 23, I tried it a couple of times, yes.” He wasn’t a regular user, like other politicians, but dabbled in it a few times.
Rob Ford was the Mayor of Toronto and got into a huge scandal after he got into some public trouble for smoking crack cocaine. He did admit “I made mistakes, I drank too much, I smoked some crack some time. What can I say?” He eventually died of a type of cancer that forms in the adipose (fat) tissue.
Winston Churchill would start his morning off with a Papa Cocktail. This consisted of whiskey that he watered down throughout the day. His favorite drinking companion was Roosevelt, but he really likes drinking with anyone. He was not normally seen drunk in public, but many people suspected that his speech impediment was due to intoxication.
Trey Radel was a Representative in Florida. He pled guilty to a misdemeanor possession of cocaine in 2012. He was caught when trying to buy cocaine from an undercover cop. He went to inpatient treatment for substance abuse and resigned from his position.
Charles Imbrecht was the Energy Commission chairman in California. He resigned from the position when he was brought up on charges of drunk driving and marijuana possession. He pled guilty to misdemeanor possession of an abusive substance and sentenced 40 days in jail.
Barry Layne Moore
Barry Layne Moore was the mayor of Hampton, Florida. He was arrested and accused of selling and possessing Oxycodone. He tried to sell the tablets to an undercover cop, which ultimately led to his arrest. He was suspended and ultimately put it in his resignation.
Joe Brennan was a Representative in Pennsylvania. In 2012, he was arrested when he allegedly drove drunk in Fountain Hill and assaulted his wife. He went to prison for the DUI in February 2013 and was released in April 2013.
Takuma Sakuragi was an assemblyman from the Aichi Prefecture in Japan. He was supposedly found with 3 kilograms of methamphetamines when trying to fly home from Guanzhou. He claimed he has no knowledge of the drugs in his suitcase because it was given to him by businessmen from Mali and Nigeria.
Sam Coleman was the Democratic council candidate in Albany. He was found with crack cocaine during a drug sting that included six other people. Police raided his apartment where they found 31 pounds of cocaine and crack cocaine cooking on the stove. He took a plea deal that was time served plus five years of probation.
Kelsey Cooper was the spokeswoman for the Republican Party of Kentucky. She was arrested and charged with a DUI in 2013. She was suspended for two weeks because of the incident. Her blood alcohol content was .184 and she failed field sobriety tests.
Scot Kelsh was a Democratic lawmaker in North Dakota. He pushed for harsher drunk driving laws, which he was subjected to when arrested for a DUI. He had to pay some fines and his license was suspended from 91 to 180 days.
Gordon Jenkins was the Mayor of Monticello in New York. He was arrested with a DWI in 2013 and refused a breathalyzer. He was taken into police headquarters where he went on a racist rant. His license was suspended because of the DWI.
Queen Mother Elizabeth
Queen Mother Elizabeth lived from 1900 to 2002. It was well-known that she drank alcohol on a regular basis, up until her dying day even. Her drinking started at noon with a one part gin and two parts Dubonnet cocktail. She would then continue drinking throughout the day.
Benjamin Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers, but also liked his alcohol quite a bit. At times it was unsafe to drink the water in Colonial America, so many people drank apple cider, beer, and wine. Benjamin was known for his famous quotes about drinking, one which was “there cannot be good living where there is no good drinking.”
Peter the Great
Peter the Great was also known as the Tsar of Partying. He founded a club of noblemen, called “All Drunken Synod of Fools and Jesters”. Their job was basically to drink and party all the time. He created this club when he was just 18 years old.
Harry S. Truman
Harry S. Truman was president from 1945 to 1953 and was well known for liking his bourbon, which makes sense because he was from Kentucky. Along with bourbon, he really like his poker. He started out his days with a dram of Wild Turkey or Old Grand Dad followed by a power walk. That has to be the perfect start to any day.