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  • Actors: Alexandra Pelosi
  • Directors: Aaron Lubarsky
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: February 24, 2004
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000YTOXU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,161 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Culled from countless hours of video and originally broadcast on HBO in November 2002, this Emmy-winning "home movie" purports to provide an "all-access pass" to George W. Bush during the 18-month haul of his 2000 presidential campaign, but it's more accurate to call this a revealing portrait of camaraderie among the campaign's roving press corps. Armed with a camcorder and her own charming personality, NBC news producer Alexandra Pelosi (youngest daughter of California Democratic Representative Nancy Pelosi) captures a "Dubya" we don't often see: casual, charismatic, and (with a mouthful of junk food much of the time) rather lacking in table manners. History has turned Journeys with George into a horror film that looks like a road-trip buddy comedy. The terrorist attacks of 9/11/2001 and the subsequent war in Iraq were more than two years in the future, so this amiable cross-country jaunt now looks like a stress-free postcard from a more innocent time, enjoyable for its candor about the seemingly endless cycle of photo-ops and repetitive campaign rhetoric. What you won't get from Pelosi's video diary is any deeper insight into George W. Bush or the nascent workings of his imminent administration. As a lighter-side companion to The War Room, however, Journeys with George is must-see viewing for anyone interested in the relationship between jaded journalists and the man who would become the 43rd President of the United States. It's unlikely we'll ever see another film quite like this. --Jeff Shannon

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I think that the Bush supporters will like him even more after seeing this and the Bush-haters out there will hate him even more.
Michael Benoit
I teach AP Government and Politics and this gives the students an excellent picture of what campaigning is all about.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michael Benoit on January 7, 2004
Format: DVD
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. I think that the Bush supporters will like him even more after seeing this and the Bush-haters out there will hate him even more. This film is very well put together.
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28 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Nichomachus on July 1, 2004
Format: DVD
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 29, 2004
Format: DVD
This is a must see for Democrats and Republicans. Among other things, it gives incredible insight into what happens between a presidential candidate and his press circuit, and how that relationship can be manipulated to produce the candidate's desired results. This was well worth seeing when it first came out, and worth purchasing to share with others.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Doginfollow on April 17, 2007
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Future historians of our era will puzzle over George W. Bush. How did a man of seemingly modest gifts and achievements find himself at the helm of the world's most powerful country? And why did he behave so strangely, alternating between grave purposefulness and breathtaking immaturity? Alexandra Pelosi's documentary of her travels with the 2000 Bush campaign will provide useful clues for future archeologists.

Though it is a political film, it contains almost nothing about issues or ideology, and only brief glimpses of tactics. But it is unmatched as a portrait of the sociology of the traveling campaign press corps and its simultaneously symbiotic/antagonistic relationship with the candidate it covers.

At first, Bush appears as a likeable, bantering prankster--more of a master of ceremonies than an aspirant to lead the free world. Like the fraternity president he once was, Bush knows how to create an atmosphere of fun. At the same time, with a slight turn in the mood or setting, he can be an alarming clown. Bush's lack of gravitas momentarily appears to be the central subject of the film.

But it is not. Bush gradually reveals himself to be a more subtle operator. "I am a student of human nature," he tells Pelosi, and the claim rings absolutely true. His jokes and jabs are anything but uncalculated--there is always an edge, either to put the recipients off-balance or to pull them closer to Bush. He uses this jocularity as a form of seduction, as does his campaign at large. The fun in the back of the press plane is not a random phenomenon but an elaborately staged bonding ritual.

Why no 5th star? Pelosi only hints at the larger implications of Bush's seduction of his traveling coterie of reporters.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gary E. Robbins on December 4, 2003
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This movie is great! It captures the wild pace of a presidential race. While Director Alexandra Pelosi is a liberal Democrat, she presents a fair and balanced view of George W. Bush while he was a candidate, and while he could be more relaxed and less scripted than he is now as President.
Regardless of your politics, this movie is a joy to watch. It is a must-have for any political junkie.
Thank goodness it is now coming out on DVD. Don't miss it!
(Based upon reviewer seeing VHS tape, and not DVD.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SMC on March 5, 2007
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At the end of the year-long tour, a vaguely depressed Richard Wolffe muses that the Gore press corps went a lot harder on Gore, their critical look at the candidate coming through clearly in their stories about his campaign. "We spent a lot of time on trivial things," Wolffe says, "frankly because Bush charmed the pants off of us."

It got me wondering, re-evaluating Bush in a different light. Maybe he is a much more shrewd politician than I ever thought him to be. I always thought of him as a frat boy/puppet who did what he was told by his elders (Karen Hughes, Dick Cheney, etc.). But how much of this "charm" we see in the movie is calculated? How much effort went into charming the press away from looking closer, seeing Bush's dogma, his lack of insight or reflection, the intensity of his religious fervor which would eventually move this country away from the value of "separation of church and state." We see a flirty, goofy, 50-something frat boy who charms everyone around him. While people are laughing and winking at this charismatic fellow, he manipulates a win for the U.S. presidency. You watch this movie either laughing in surprise at his playfulness, or shaking your head in disgust at his childishness, but you don't see much of what emerges in the next two terms of his presidency. I found it a fascinating look at how politics and politicians work, underneath the facade.
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