Former Red Sox pitcher Bill “Spaceman” Lee has always aptly reflected his nickname. His Space Ball was high and slow, and his interviews were always up in the clouds. According to a recent talk with Dan Le Batard, Lee was apt to keeping our future leaders pretty up there too. On an episode of the Dan Le Batard Show, spurred by Lee’s recent announcement that he was running for governor, Spaceman recounted an interesting encounter with a young President George W. Bush.
From USA Today:
Former Major League pitcher Bill “Spaceman” Lee, who recently made news by announcing his intention to run for governor of Vermont, told Dan Le Batard that he once smoked marijuana with future president George W. Bush under the Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil at Boston’s Museum of Science in 1972. Lee, a big-league lefty in every sense of the term, is a longtime marijuana advocate who wrote openly of his drug use in his 1984 book The Wrong Stuff and was the subject of a feature in High Times magazine in 2007.
Bush, who would have been 26 years old in 1972, has joked about smoking in his youth. He has not specifically addressed whether he, in fact, got high with Bill “Spaceman” Lee under the Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil at the Museum of Science in Boston.
Here’s the interview.
Seriously huge news. If it’s true, there’s a chance that the combination of marijuana and dinosaur skeletons gave G.W. a serious fear of talking about oil. Seeing the looming shadows of a vicious Tyrannosaurus while a doped-up hippie talked about existence was something that the future leader of the free world never forgot, and it still haunts him to this day.
Still, it seems like something an honest man like President Bush wouldn’t gloss over. That story is a must for anyone’s autobiography. This statement can likely be chalked up to an old hat trying to stir up some political clout. Modern campaigning is all about wild claims and bold-faced lies, so it looks like Spaceman might fit right into the political game. As for Dubya, I kind of hope he did smoke up in public places. It just cements his reputation as the coolest president we’ll have for a long while..
[via USA Today]
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