With President Obama's uncle recently arrested on drunken driving suspicion, the president may worry that the incident will cause undue embarrassment to himself and his image. Yet, the commander-in-chief should be reminded that other recent politicians have had their legal skeletons in the closet too.
Joe McCain: This guy made Sen. John McCain seem like a cool cat. A couple weeks before the election, the presidential candidate's brother ran into traffic in Alexandria, Va. Instead of sticking it out like most Americans, he decides to dial 911. Here is a transcript of the call:
Operator: Alexandria 911, state your emergency.
Caller: Well, it's not an emergency but do you know why on one side at the damn drawbridge of 95 traffic is stopped for 15 minutes and yet traffic's coming the other way across the drawbridge?
Operator: Sir, are you calling 911 to complain about traffic?
Caller: [Expletive] Hangs up.
Note to citizens: Calling 911 for non-emergencies-such as traffic, computer break downs or marijuana stolen-is illegal.
Caroline Giuliani: Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani's daughter was taken into custody at the Sephora makeup store on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in Aug. 2010 and accused of taking makeup items worth $100. Fortunately for her, the store declined to press charges. Caroline wasn't likely planning to be much of a help for her father's campaign anyway. While her father was running for president, she joined a Facebook group supporting Obama. Family values?
Al Gore III: Learning that your son is getting arrested while you are a public figure is certainly an inconvenient truth (another pun intended). The son of the former Vice President Al Gore has had numerous run-ins with the law. He was arrested for suspected drunk driving in 2002 and marijuana possession in 2003. In 2007, he was arrested again for suspicion of drug possession after driving about 100 mph down a Southern California freeway. Marijuana, Vicodin, Adderall, among other drugs, were found in his car.
The good news: He was driving a Prius. Did that win any pity points with dad?
Jenna Bush: Two weeks after a judge sent her to alcohol-awareness class for underage drinking in 2001, then-President George W. Bush's daughter, Jenna Bush was caught using a Fake ID at an Austin, Tex. restaurant. According to CNN, a not happy W. called Jenna that night from California. If Jenna were in Washington, she'd be grounded in the White House.
Where is she now: Ms. Bush (Now Mrs. Hager) seems to have ditched the party lifestyle. She is a teaching coordinator, author and correspondent on NBC's Today Show.
George W. Bush: This was likely a headache for the elder Bush, who was director of the CIA at the time. In 1976, near the Bush family home in Kennebunkport, Maine, the younger Bush was arrested for drunk driving. He was required to pay $150 and had his license suspended in the state until 1978. For youngsters who have made a mistake once or twice in life...this shows that you can still become president of the United States.
Interesting Fact: Dick Cheney was arrested twice on DUI charges.