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The Man Who Knew Bush (2004)

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George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States, had a storybook life before arriving in office via a contentious 2000 election. Many Americans, however, are unaware of who, or more ... See full summary »

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George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States, had a storybook life before arriving in office via a contentious 2000 election. Many Americans, however, are unaware of who, or more importantly, what, Bush pretends not to be: a very wealthy, extremely well-connected northeastern Yankee blueblood. Fortunately, six months prior to the 2004 election, documentary filmmaker Marc Berlin discovered someone who did know these things: Vernon Craig. Distantly related to the Bush's, and victim of a Dubya sucker-punch outside a New Haven bar in 1968, Craig agreed to be interviewed about his extensive knowledge of, and connection to, the Bush-Walker dynasty. Guiding us to those elite places and institutions which played a role in forming George W.'s right-wing politics--from the sprawling Walker estate in Kennebunkport to Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts and finally the ivied walls of Yale University and Skull and Bones--Vernon Craig, "The Man Who Knew Bush", wryly explains what ... Written by Marc Berlin

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Boring Film
25 September 2004 | by (Malibu, CA) – See all my reviews

This is a terribly boring movie. This movie is a 75 minute monologue about GW Bush by Vernon Craig.

It is not news that the Bushes come from several old New England families. I did find it amusing that the genealogist Gary Boyd Roberts estimated that the Bushes are "related to more than half the country as 12th cousins or less". Other than this scary gem, there was very little in the way of new revelations about GW Bush.

Vernon Craig met GW once in 1968. At the meeting Bush was drunk and punched Vernon for being a name dropping ass. As much as I loathe GW Bush, I think he was right in this case.

The one redeeming point of this flick is that most of it is filmed on location throughout New England. It's not great photography, but it is more interesting than watching Vernon Craig sit in his chair.

I do agree with Vernon Craig's objections to and analysis of our current president, but bad film making detracts from these valid points.


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