• George W. Bush: ‘For me, Fatherhood Meant Sobriety’

    Former President George W. Bush was named “Father of the Year” at an event sponsored by the National Father’s Day Committee in New York City Thursday.

    Bush credited fatherhood for getting him sober as he accepted the award. He explained how he gave up booze in order to be a better parent his twin daughters Barbara and Jenna were born, after struggling with alcoholism for years.

    “As a matter of fact, I don’t think I would’ve quit drinking had it not been for being a dad. You see what happened to me was alcohol was becoming a love and it was beginning to crowd out my affections for the most important love if you’re a dad and that’s loving your little girls. So for me, fatherhood meant sobriety from 1986 on,” he said.

    Bush paid tribute to his own father, former President George H.W. Bush in his remarks to the crowd. He said his father taught him about unconditional love, “one of the greatest gifts a dad can give a child” and read an excerpt from the book he wrote about him, titled, 41: A Portrait Of My Father.

    “I also learned of unconditional love,” he said. “Which leads me to a fitting reading I’m about to do and a practical one. Fitting because I’m about to read from the book that I wrote about my dad. Practical because I’m retired and I hope people buy it. It may be a little confusing for some up here to know that not only can I read, I can write.”

    Bush’s daughter, Barbara, presented the award. Her twin sister Jenna was not at the luncheon.

    The ceremony was witnessed by a sold-out crowd at the New York Hilton and raised a reported $1.3 million to support the charity work done in America by Save The Children.

    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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