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Journeys With George

George W. Bush , R.G. Ratcliffe , Alexandra Pelosi , Aaron Lubarsky    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great little movie July 1 2004
I hesitate to call this a documentary, it's more a well-edited video diary, and should be judged as such. George Bush is humanized to a great degree, in a way we heard about but rarely ever saw (or see) in the never-ceasing effort to mythologize the man.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I I Could Have Been There May 18 2004
By Shawn
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 that a person might have for the President. It does show him in a very personal light, and does a good job at presenting Pres. Bush as a person.
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3.0 out of 5 stars See it May 12 2004
I liked it. I am into Docs and this one shows Bush as he truly is. See it. See it!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars George W : What you see is what you get May 6 2004
I have been looking for a copy of this documentary for at least two years and finally found it! This is everything a documentary should be. Not only does it cover the essence of what it was like to travel with a presidential campaign, but it also documents the personalities, the nuances, and the the scenes behind the scenes. I was completely mesmerized from beginning to end. It is a chronicle that "moves." As a Bush fan, I had braced myslef for 76 minutes of Bush-bashing, but much to my surprise, the things that liberals make fun of Bush for (the malapropisms, his disdain for micro-managing, and his inherent playful spirit), are the very things that endear him to so many people.
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.
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Alexandra Pelosi, the youngest daughter of U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the House Minority Leader, created an interesting documentary of the Bush 2000 campaign. In this video, viewers are shown the election campaign through a perspective that is rarely seen: from the eyes and ears of the media. From the back of the campaign bus, to photo-op opportunities, to the charter airplane, the most striking thing about the media is that it is not a disinterested and objected observer of the news.
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.
Michael Gordon
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