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You're Welcome America: A Final Night With George W. Bush (2009)

Not Rated | | Comedy | TV Special 8 May 2009
It's time for change in America--but not without a few parting words from former President George W Bush. Here's your chance to discover the man behind the myth as HBO presents Will Ferrell... See full summary »

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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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... George W. Bush
Michael Delaney ... Dr. Scott Blumeth
Pia Glenn ... Condoleezza Rice
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Patrick Ferrell ... Jerry - Secret Service Agent
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It's time for change in America--but not without a few parting words from former President George W Bush. Here's your chance to discover the man behind the myth as HBO presents Will Ferrell in a performance of his heralded one-man Broadway show. Written by Anonymous

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According to Patton Oswalt on the Marc Maron WTF Podcast, originally this project was pitched by him to the producers as a faux-satirical documentary on George W. Bush by a Conservative think tank. He got writer's block and told them months later he couldn't write it. This special came about as a last minute change to fill in the gap for Will Ferrell in his Bush SNL character. See more »

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George W. Bush: That was weird. When the pilots of Marine One said they were going to drop me off in New York City, I thought they were joking. I said, "Sure. Y'know, while you're at it, why don't you drop me off in the faggy Theater District?" And guess what, they did! So the joke's on me. But let me be clear about something - I'm just kidding, okay? I don't think theater's faggy. Except for "Cats." and "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change." Yeah, that one's queer and Yiddishy. You know, if ...
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Composed by Krafty Kuts (as Martin Reeves), Ashley Slater and Tim Liken
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A pathetic attempt to cash in on a once funny bit
22 March 2009 | by See all my reviews

Let me start by saying that the commercial that the commercial that Will Ferrell did for ACT before the 2004 election was one of the funniest things I've ever seen. ("Oh, I didn't see you there. I was just mending my fences" while he's hammering on a fence with the back of a pick axe).

This atrocity, was one of the least humorous things I've ever seen. Bush is the easiest comedy fodder on the planet. (And since we live in a world with Sarah Palin, that's saying something.) But Ferrell can't seem to capitalize well on this. The commercial for this bit with the segment of the trees was funnier than anything in this mess.

Now, in fairness to the show, I gave up watching it after about an hour. So maybe it finished strong. But I couldn't wait any longer for it to finally go somewhere.

I gave this 3 stars only because it exposed some of the tragically humorous things about Bush and Cheney to a wider audience. If I were to base this entirely on humor, it would have gotten a 1 or a 2.


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