Never try to outdrink an Aussie. As the story says, “John Newcombe, who was with the the former president on the night he was pulled over DUI, has revealed what really happened, and how the politician was a bit of a ‘party boy’ back then.” Well, we knew that about GWB, and in fact, this may have been the moment Bush decided to give it all up.
The sportsman, who was inducted into the Australian Hall of Fame on Friday evening, had not met the younger Bush, but as they were similar ages they decided to go out with Bush’s younger sister and his father’s press sectary Peter Roussol.
During the evening Bush tried to ‘keep pace’ with Newcombe, then 32, while drinking ‘reasonably-sized’ mugs of beer and played a ‘silent game’ with him.
Newcombe told Melbourne radio station SEN: ‘After about four of these, I picked the glass up in my teeth without my hands and skulled it straight down and I said, “What are you made of, George?” And so he had to do that.’
What’s more amazing is that Newcombe could live like that and still return serve. There were giants in their time.