The movie Spin
shows two clips of Bush talking to television
host Larry King during short non-broadcast intervals.
The first clip, from October 7, 1992, started with a discussion about
Bush's thyroid condition (Graves disease) and also mentioned the
sleep drug Halcion, which Bush had taken until he very publicly
discontinued it earlier that year
|King:||You feeling well by the way?
|King:||Are you feeling well?
|Bush:||Pretty good. Lucky. Running still and played tennis yesterday.
|King:||What is that disease you had?
|Bush:||Um, um. Crohn's? No, not Crohn's. Uh, just thyroid. I don't know what...
|King:||[interrupting] What, they treat it, right?
|Bush:||Make you take a drug every single morning. A little blue thing. Synthroid or something and it wasn't heart. It's what, it's what the thyroid does to make your heart fibrillate but it's been very good.
|King:||[interrupting] You know I took Halcion for a long time after my heart surgery.
|Bush:||Are you off it now? I don't know that it's bad, Larry.
|King:||It's the best sleeping pill in the world but not daily.
|Bush:||No oh no. But now it's gotten such a bad rap.
Crohn disease is a gastrointestinal disorder.
In the second clip, four days before the 1992 election,
Bush remarks that he had "a darn cold" and fever
He looked tired, apathetic, and seemed mentally slow.
After confessing his cold, King and Bush again discussed Halcion
|King:||... there is a new pill coming from Israel better than Halcion.|
|Bush:||You mean for sleeping or decongestant?|
Halcion has no decongestant properties.