Depression & The Second Lady

American VoicesPolitics ISSUE 35•23 Jun 16, 1999

Last week, former clinical-depression sufferer Tipper Gore held a conference at the White House to raise awareness of mental illness, from which she said 50 million Americans suffer. What do you think about Gore's effort to draw attention to mental health?

  • “I always wondered about the origin of the phrase, 'As batshit insane as a vice-president's wife.'”

    Bryce King –
    Forklift Operator

  • “As Quiet Riot noted, metal health is an extremely serious issue, which, if not detected and treated early, will drive you mad.”

    Javier Orza –
    Cashier

  • “When I'm feeling down, there's one sure fire way to get me back on my feet: I start a nationwide right-wing morality crusade against some harmless teen music fad.”

    Diane Weston –
    Caterer

  • “What's the big deal? If Tipper becomes too depressed while in office, someone else can cook the state dinners.”

    Erick Walker –
    Systems Analyst

  • “Maybe if Tipper tried a little harder to make friends, she wouldn't be so depressed.”

    Jill Poulian –
    Librarian

  • “I applaud Tipper Gore for taking a brave stand on this issue. Just between you and me, though, I just knew the bitch was nuts.”

    Alan Kretchmer –
    Investment Banker

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