ABC News’ Ann Compton and Liz Marlantes Reports: In a brief Rose Garden appearance, President George W. Bush said Friday that steroid abuse has "sullied the game" of baseball.
Bush, who was co-owner of the Texas Rangers prior to entering political life, added, "I think it’s best that all of us not jump to any conclusions on individual players named," before he concluded, "My hope is that this report is part of putting the steroid era of baseball behind us."
The President said he understands "the impact that professional athletes can have on our nation’s youth" and reiterated, "When they violate their bodies, they are sending a terrible signal to our nation’s youth."
Earlier this week, in an exclusive interview with ABC News’ Martha Raddatz, President Bush candidly discussed his past struggle with alcohol.
"I doubt I’d be standing here if I hadn’t quit drinking whiskey, and beer and wine and all that," the president disclosed Tuesday to Raddatz during an exclusive tour of the White House residence.
The president told ABC News he quit drinking over 20 years ago — cold turkey.
"I had too much to drink one night, and the next day I didn’t have any," Bush said. "The next day I decided to quit and I haven’t had a drink since 1986."
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