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‘Vice’ Director: They Put George W. Bush on Medication on 9/11

“How much was W freaking out when he was up in that plane?” Adam McKay rhetorically asked during an interview with Deadline about his upcoming film.

By NTK Staff | 12.18.2018 @3:00pm
‘Vice’ Director: They Put George W. Bush on Medication on 9/11

The director of the Dick Cheney biopic “Vice,” Adam McKay, claimed that former President George W. Bush was medicated on Air Force One in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001.

Deadline’s Mike Fleming, Jr. asked McKay about the events of September 11, 2001 and the dynamic between Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.

“[E]verything was done around W, to the point where after 9/11 Cheney suggested he stay in the air, and the veep barked orders about shooting jets with possible terrorists out of the air—the kind of orders you get from the POTUS,” Fleming said. “Why did he cede power like that?”

McKay’s response included insults to Bush’s intellect and a completely baseless claim that the former president was medicated:

McKay: “That was crazy. They kept him in the air, and we’ll never know exactly what was going on with that. How much was W freaking out when he was up in that plane? Purely my speculation, but I’ve heard that they put him on medication, which part of me actually can understand, going through something like that. There’s just no record of W being a serious guy. He’s always been the guy you plug in to a job just to use his family name.”

McKay repeatedly claimed that Cheney and the Bush White House were so secretive (he cites Cheney not volunteering to turn over all of his emails from that period as evidence) that some conversations that took place will never be fully known.

“When you make a movie like this, and there are so many private conversations you couldn’t be privy to and where you have to use artistic license, what do you, as filmmaker, owe your subjects?” Fleming asked.

“Just try and be as real as you can. That was the trick,” McKay said. “It was, ‘What did these guys probably do?’”

“Vice” doesn’t claim to be unbiased journalism, but a Hollywood filmmaker determining what the vice president would “probably do” seems like a tenuous starting point, at best.

In the case of 9/11, despite McKay’s claims about secrecy, then-White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer routinely gives a minute-by-minute accounting of Bush’s time in the air that day. No one on Air Force One, including Fleischer, has ever mentioned the president receiving medication.

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