Journeys With George
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The relationship between the Governor and Pelosi is kind of sweet and unpretentious. Their encounter over her California absentee ballot, where GWB2 gives her some really amusing politician schtick about why she should vote for him is a great scene. The "Newsweek Man" flirtation theme was also great. One gets the sense that a lot of this press pool was very young, fairly inexperienced, and not nearly as sophisticated as they thought they were. The segues with the Texas print reporters (who, I think, were later responsible for the critical Rove bio "Bush's Brain") were also interesting, they actually knowing something about politics and about Bush. One gives an impromptu monologue analogizing Republican campaigns with a baloney sandwich that is priceless.
One of the most noticeable features is the absence of much real journalism being practiced by the press pool. The closest we get to that is the late revelation of Bush's DUI, and we see Karen Hughes skillfully handling that. She is rarely in the film, but comes across as impressive, especially vis-a-vis Rove's pomposity. But in actuality, the press pool spent most of the time going through the motions, messing around, and being bored in an extended tour. I think a lack of curiosity became their most prevalent trait.
So really, as is seen from the evident relief of other reviewers, this isn't by any means a Bush-bashing movie. Pelosi's liberal pedigree is clear from the start, and actually shapes her friendship with the Governor.Read more ›
NBC reporter Alexandra Pelosi openly admits at the open that she began this project with some deep-seeded biases regarding Republicans. But she balanced thoses biases well - maybe even too well, or we would see this DVD available on more shelves. I would guess that her supervisors back at the network were probably more than a little disappointed with the final product in that George W. Bush comes across as likeable, intelligent, empathetic, and an all around good guy who now happens to be the leader of the free world. The most telling scene into Mr. Bush's persona comes when Alexandra is undergoing some scorn amongst her fellow reporters. She shares in a voice-over how Gov. Bush took her aside and reminded her who her "real" friends truly were. Even though we do not "see" the conversation, Alexandra paints the picture quite well - probably to the chagrin of her mother. After viewing this documentary, I am now more convinced than ever that "what you see is what you get" with GW Bush. This man truly was at the right place at the right time in our nation's history.Read more ›
Journalists are human beings who are unable to separate their beliefs from their reporting. There are varying degrees of bias, of course, but it is clear from this documentary that the reporters personally disliked Bush's proposals yet liked the man personally. That is mainly because most reporters are -- according to many anonymous profiles -- quite liberal.
Mrs. Pelosi, the documentarian, obviously did not agree with Mr. Bush, and she tried to disagree with him in her cutesy-kind-of-way, although it was clear that he found her to be somewhat of an annoyance after time.
This video provides a very "intimate" portrayal of Bush the candidate -- closer than any I've ever seen. It is quite exciting to see the man when he can be loose and act natural, without having to please the expected norms of the media. And although Ms. Pelosi may be a liberal, this Bush supporter still enjoyed this documentary.
I found President Bush to be remarkably charismatic and charming, and his humour to be playful and friendly. What one may call being a selfish frat boy, most others would call a real personality. This film serves as a good reminder of how politicians aren't really God like untouchable people, but that they do in fact stain their shirt, have their tie crooked, and enjoy cheetos and bologna sandwiches.
Buy this movie and enjoy it, in time it will be a great way to look back upon elections past and, like others have said, its very unlikely that another film like this will be made.
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This movie is an interesting look at the personalities that define the public persona that is seen. This movie won't change any minds, it'll simply support whatever love or hate... Read morePublished on May 18 2004 by Shawn
I liked it. I am into Docs and this one shows Bush as he truly is. See it. See it!!Published on May 12 2004 by ThearkofQ
A must see movie. If you are at all interested in the inner-workings of a national political campaign and if you would like to see Dubya letting his gaurd down, you need JWG. Read morePublished on Jan. 7 2004 by Michael Benoit
This documentary is excellent as we witness Pelosi's first hand experience on the campaign trail of then Presidential candidate George W Bush. Read morePublished on Jan. 3 2004 by LTorres
"JWG" is a very entertaining and interesting documentary which allows us to see the President's evolution as a candidate and public figure. Read morePublished on Dec 11 2003 by Austin Milbarge