It is apparently out of bounds to suggest that Secretary Bryson may have been under the influence when he left the scene of an accident over the weekend in California. The seizure story explains some of what happened, but if the reports are true, there has to be another explanation given the strange way these seizures came and went as the Secretary hit two cars and conversed with the victims of one of his crashes.
"My hope is that he's doing alright. We're still trying to find out, it sounds like it was health-related in some way," Obama told KTIV television of Sioux Falls, Iowa. "But we're going to make sure, obviously, that he gets the best care and, you know, we'll be able to make a determination from there."Obama said he had not spoken to Bryson and "just found out about this today," two days after the incident. Bryson allegedly caused two separate car accidents in the space of five minutes late Saturday afternoon in southern California. The cabinet secretary was at the wheel of his Lexus when he rear-ended a Buick that was stopped at a railroad crossing in San Gabriel, according to the San Gabriel Police Department. He spoke with the Buick's male occupants, then drove away, "hitting the same car again as he left," said a police statement. The men tailed Bryson and called police. They witnessed the secretary hit a second car.
At his daily briefing, Carney declined to offer information regarding Bryson's condition or whether he would stay in his post. But hours later, the spokesman said the commerce secretary had "informed the White House tonight that he will be taking a medical leave of absence from his position as Commerce Secretary as he undergoes tests and evaluations."
Does anyone believe that Bryson wasn't forced into this "medical leave" by the White House? They may leave the post open until after the election to keep questions about what happened from becoming part of the campaign. I expect that Mr. Byrson probably won't be back.