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Documentary account of George W. Bush's presidential campaign.

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Documentary account of George W. Bush's presidential campaign.

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At one point during filming, George W. Bush took the camera from Alexandra Pelosi and turned it on her. Pelosi included this moment in the finished film and gave Bush a credit for cinematography. See more »

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Alexandra Pelosi: You just want me to vote for you for your own ego. What are you going to do for me if I vote for you?
George W. Bush: I'm going to give you a little kiss on the cheek.
Alexandra Pelosi: A kiss?
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5 November 2002 | by (Deming, New Mexico, USA) – See all my reviews

This is a kind of haphazardly organized documentary of W's campaign for prez, with lots of wide-angle shots of the boys and girls on the bus, and W himself mugging and chatting, and with occasional mostly editorial voice-over comments by Alexandra Pelosi. I used the word haphazardly before because things are brought up and left hanging, though perhaps deliberately. For instance, I have no idea why the hell Pelosi's hair was falling out or what, if anything, she did about it.

The first ten or fifteen minutes are rather like a home movie of somebody's adventurous trip to the Galapagos or something and I was about to switch channels when I realizing that some development was taking place. W comes across as rather a likable guy, with light-hearted moments if not exactly witty ones. He seems genuinely friendly. Then I realized that he more or less HAD to give the impression of warmth and friendliness. I mean, the guy is addressing a planeload of reporters covering his campaign! Still, he's quite good at impression management. At the start of the campaign he rarely makes himself cozy with the press. But when he slips in the polls and loses a state or two his appearances on the press vehicles increase in number and in the degree of their relaxation. On the other hand, when it is clear that he has won, he disappears and pretends not to hear the questions thrown at him by his friends in the fifth estate whose first names he has taken the trouble to memorize. He doesn't need them anymore.

They're quite a bunch too, those journalists, when you come right down to it. Reporters certainly know how to throw a party in the back of the bus. And it seems to help in gaining access to the candidate if you're a pert-nosed lively young brunette, as Pelosi is. (W gives her a peck on the cheek at one point.)

But she's a dyed in the wool democrat and throws him a fast ball at a public Q & A session, about Texas having such a high rate of executions. For a while thereafter he punishes her by not answering her questions, and spells out the reason for it -- on camera too.

It's difficult to see through W's (or any other politician's) rhetoric and frozen smiles, but I must say that he seems smoothly amiable as far as we can tell. He shows no evidence of being intellectually challenged. I wound up asking myself how such a normal guy could be such a stupid president. Of course every politician blows the occasional line. But this? "There's nothing more deep than Israel's right to exist. That's the most deep thought of all. I can't think of anything deeper than that right." And how could such a normal guy be so enthusiastic about beginning an unprovoked war against a nation who's name half of our leaders can't pronounce properly.

More recently Pelosi called to Bush from a crowd of reporters. He recognized her, waved, and shouted, "I made you famous." A revealing response, which boils down to "You owe me."


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