‘American Experience’ Looks at the Life & Presidency of George W. Bush
Explore Bush’s tumultuous youth and his unorthodox road to the presidency via the contested election of 2000. The new administration’s focus on domestic issues is abruptly brought to a halt by the shocking terrorist attacks of 9/11.
The two-night documentary, American Experience: George W. Bush, airs Monday and Tuesday, May 4 and 5 on PBS.
PBS’ American Experience documentary features insights from historians, journalists and members of the president’s inner circle, including chiefs of staff Andy Card and Joshua Bolten, speechwriter David Frum, press secretary Ari Fleischer, senior advisor Karl Rove and others.
Part one chronicles Bush’s unorthodox road to the White House.
The once wild son of a political dynasty, few expected Bush to ascend to the presidency. Yet 36 days after the November 2000 election, Bush emerged the victor of the most hotly contested race in the nation’s history. Little in the new president’s past could have prepared him for the events that unfolded on September 11, 2001.
Part two opens with the ensuing war in Iraq and continues through Bush’s second term, as the President confronts the devastating impact of Hurricane Katrina and the most serious financial crisis since the Great Depression.
American Experience: George W. Bush, Premiere, Monday, May 4 & Tuesday, May 5, 9/8C, PBS (Check local listings)