In the mid-1980s when I began developing and selling software to security firms and investment banks, I quickly discovered that the use of cocaine was pervasive in those environments. This was perhaps not surprising in a context of relatively young people making a lot of money in high-pressure jobs. But even in this free-for-all atmosphere, it was easy to distinguish between those that had a problem and those who didn't: two lines at a weekend party was not a problem; two lines to start off every working day was. (The day's consumption wouldn't stop with the two lines.)
At the same time over in Arkansas, Governor Bill Clinton did not have a problem, according to sources in an excellent position to know. His cocaine use was recreational, even if there was an occasional bash.
The same cannot be said regarding Clinton's coke consumption today. Both White House and other (medical) sources confirm that President Clinton uses "five plus" lines of cocaine a day. I do not know how big Clinton's lines are, but that amount would not be enough to make him a menace to society if he were an average Joe. But it is certainly enough to seriously affect his judgment and make him, in the office of the Presidency, a distinct risk to the security of the United States. It is also enough to destroy his nasal septum, as was pointed out to him on a recent visit to Bethesda Naval Hospital.
(Did coke-inspired hubris bring about all that talk about having Craig Livingstone go the way of Vince Foster? Or is someone else in the White House responsible for this?)
Mr. President, it is time for you to resign for unspecified "medical reasons" and to deal with your coke habit away from the official business of the United States.
August 9, 1996, will be the 22nd anniversary of the resignation of Richard Nixon. (He presented his resignation to the Secretary of State at 11:30 a.m., according the handwritten notation of Henry Kissinger.)
Surely, Mr. President, you can outdo Mr. Nixon, and make your resignation effective well before August 9.
July 3, 1996