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When read that Nancy Pelosi’s daughter did a documentary about a republican I was ready for it to be polarizing. Nope. It’s an interesting year in the life on the campaign trail. There’s tons of candid footage with George W. being a goofball. His relationship with the press is outstanding, even if their party affiliations are made known they’re the opposite of the candidate. I sure hope future presidents have the relationship with the press as George W. did and does, because we know our current leadership is anything but cordial.
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.)
Reviewed in the United States on February 12, 2007
Journeys with George is the first time I had the pleasure of viewing an Alexandra Pelosi documentary. I've seen a lot of docs, but no one that I know has ever achieved such an intimate look at a president (let alone any other significant personage). On the surface Alexandra seemed naive and inexperienced while all the time she was neither and in the process of winning George's friendship she was able to capture on video a most intimate portrait of the man who is well on his way to destroying our nation.
I teach AP Government and Politics and this gives the students an excellent picture of what campaigning is all about. Rergardless of a person's political affiliation, this movie shows the nitty gritty about the tediousness, repetition, grandstanding, and backstage operations of a political campaign. I highly recommend it.
While it was nice to see the softer side of "Dubya" for the material you're watching, it ran a bit long I think. And it definitely shows the liberal bias of the media. Alexandra Pelosi does a good job however of maintaining neutral ground, even though she does not hide her liberal leanings.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 12, 2005
Journey's with George gives great insight into the world of Presidential campaigning. Alexandra Pelosi (daughter of House minority leader Nancy Pelosi) is sometimes a little off the wall but has produced an interesting and humourous take on the process. Interviews with the candidate and fellow reporters show what the year/18 month campaign process is like and what it is to live inside the 'campaign bubble'. Through her interactions with the candidate it is really brought home to the viewer that athough you may not like George W. Bush, you may detest his policies but, at the end of day, this documentary portrays him as a real person. Overall this is a unique prespective of the campaign with a good amount of access to the candidate, campaign staff and other journlists.