I know I’m a few years late on this, but, last night, Peter, Doug, Ari, Oschisms and I sat on my couch and watched ‘Journeys With George’, Alexandra Pelosi’s documentary about George W. Bush’s campaign in 2000.
I was in no rush to see the movie when it was playing, mostly because the reviews all mentioned how Bush appears to be a ‘frat boy’ and how much Pelosi despises her ex-subject. Pelosi is, unfortunately (and despite Oschism’s protests to the contrary), an ass. Every interview I’ve read with her (example here) has her tearing into Bush and generally acting like a jerk. It seems like she wanted to hate Bush, and is able to do so more successfully now that she isn’t around him all day, but that her film didn’t get that point across as well as she would’ve wished. The movie definitely tries to show Bush in a bad light but is ultimately unsuccessful. He comes off as so down to earth, funny, real, approachable, honest.
There was some degree of boozing going on while we watched the film so we didn’t really discuss if that was the consensus agreement. I would love to hear from the two Democrats and one Independent in the room, or others who have seen it, if they got a different impression of Bush off the movie. My thesis for this post is: anyone who sees this movie will find it impossible to hate George W. Bush, no matter how intense their current anger and hatred. Agree/Disgree?