|R. G. Ratcliffe||Actor|
|Coll Anderson||Sound/Sound Designer|
NBC News producer Alexandra Pelosi, assigned to cover George W. Bush's run for the Presidency in 2000, carried a small video camera with which she recorded events along the way. Bush is well aware of Pelosi's project, frequently mugging for the camera, sometimes turning it on her, teasing her about her relationship with another reporter. Despite early setbacks in New Hampshire and Michigan, Bush is able to overtake his chief rival, Senator John McCain (R, AZ), who eventually drops out of the race and throws his support to Bush. Pelosi also records the thoughts of several colleagues, including reporters from The Financial Times of London, Newsweek, and two journalists from The Houston Chronicle and The Dallas Morning News who have already covered Bush as governor of Texas. Pelosi occasionally talks about her own ambivalent attitude toward politics (her mother, Nancy Pelosi, is a Democratic congresswoman from California), the media circus that accompanies any campaign in the television era, and life as a single woman in her late twenties with no romantic prospects.
The Real George W. Bush is in this movie with all his goofiness and seduction. There is an inherent cruel side as well when he when he beat the hell out of John McCain (not that I have much sympathy for McCain besides his war record), but its there with his anti-intellectualism but not stupidity as most reporters thought, including Ms. Pelosi. That's why Bush has gotten a pass for so long.
A fascinating portrait of evangelical America by Alexandra Pelosi, daughter of Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi. Alexandra has the unique ability of a documentary filmmaker to get subjects to talk to her on-camera to reveal themselves and makes them feel at ease doing it. Her portrait of Ted Haggard is worth seeing in and of itself. Frauds like Haggard need to be outed and denounced. There are all too many simple American evangelicals who have been betrayed by shysters like Ted Haggard. Superchurch pastors like Joel Osteen, also examined by Pelosi, exploit and take advantage of simple believing folks by their fancy words and charisma. Such ministers start out wanting to do good for others and end up doing very well for themselves. I believe there is a special place in Hell just waiting for these charlatans. Pelosi paints a good portrait of evangelical Americans who are charlatans and frauds; one must remember that there are many good evangelical Americans - both ministers and church members - who are all too often overshadowed by the charlatans and frauds.