Bush Opens Up About History of Addiction

Prez talks up 'higher power,' praises faith-based initiatives
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 29, 2008 4:46 PM CST
President Bush, far right, speaks to a classroom during his visit to the Jericho Program, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008, in Baltimore. With the president, from left are, Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, Jericho...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – President Bush recalled his battles with alcoholism during a visit to a faith-based social services organization today in Baltimore. "I drank too much at one time in my life," said the president, adding that his experiences showed him that people "can find inspiration from a higher power" in the fight against addiction, reports the Baltimore Sun.

Bush appeared at a church-sponsored organization that finds jobs for ex-prisoners in a visit that coincided with the seventh anniversary of the Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives, which provides federal grants to church-sponsored organizations. "Our government should not fear the influence of faith on our society," said Bush in yesterday's State of the Union address.