To avoid politics, former President George Bush and his wife Barbara retire to Springfield, citing its low voter turnout. They quickly become friends to the conservative Flanders family, but George soon becomes the enemy of Bart and Homer Simpson. Written by
Did You Know?
This episode is the culmination of a war of words between the The Simpsons
(1989) and former President George Bush
and First Lady Barbara Bush
. Barbara Bush referred to the show as "the dumbest thing I've ever seen" in a 1990 interview with People magazine, which prompted the writers of the show to write her an angry letter in character as Marge Simpson; Mrs. Bush later apologized. One year later The Simpsons showed Barbara Bush in the White House bathtub in the episode The Simpsons: Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington
(1991). In 1992 President Bush stated while appearing before the National Religious Broadcasters, "We are going to keep on trying to strengthen the American family, to make American families a lot more like the Waltons and a lot less like the Simpsons." The writers of The Simpsons responded by added a new intro to the episode The Simpsons: Stark Raving Dad
(1991) where Bart responds to President Bush's speech saying, "We're just like the Waltons. We're praying for an end to the depression too". President Bush made one more appearance after this episode collecting unemployment benefits in The Simpsons: Realty Bites
(1997). See more
The Flanders call to say hello to George Bush, Barbara brings out 5 glasses and a jug of lemonade. Immediately (no time for Bar to go back in) we see all four of the Flandereses and both Bushes drinking. See more
You know, in my day, little boys didn't call their elders by their first names.
Yeah, well, welcome to the 20th century, George.
by Cy Coleman
and Dorothy Fields
Performed by Dan Castellaneta See more