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The Real George Bush Junior
And He Knows Who His Friends Are...
"...scenes of Bush reverting to Deke-house
(i.e., fraternity-house) form on the press
plane...bumping his way down the aisle
while wearing a sleep mask, hoisting his
non-alcoholic beer and pushing his way into a
boozy press throng while declaring, 'These are
my people. It takes an animal to know an animal.'"
"Let's see, I started off as a cowboy. I'm
now a statesman."
MID-EAST REALITIES - www.MiddleEast.Org - Washington - 2/25/2002:
The Bush White House is a little spooked, not quite sure what the public will make of all this For this "wholesome" President who has brought "dignity back to the White House", this video documentary about to debut could be the near-equivalent to Bill Clinton's public denials -- and all those senior officials he enlisted on his behalf -- followed by Monica Lewinsky's now-infamous semen-stained little "blue dress". It's the hard to rebute proof of what is really real rather than what is make-up imagery.
Oh yes, and then there is The West Wing Producer's ever-so-right attack on his own NBC network for the fluff special they recently did about "a day in the life of the President", hosted by none other than Tom Brokaw himself. "The White House pumped up the President's schedule to show him being much busier and more engaged than he is, and Tom Brokaw let it happen," says Hollywood's Aaron Sorkin. No scenes of the Pres watching a football game eating pretzels by himself (but for dogs) that day!
Whatever, such things are pushed by press departments as part of their make-up imagery job. Its just that the big networks and their top anchormen aren't supposed to let themselves be stage props. At the least there should be a disclaimer: "The following is advertising and the network is not responsible for content"!
At this time of world peril with major warfare lurking from the sub-continent to Iraq to Palestine and a President who "in his wisdom" has decided to pursue the "Axis of Evil" and a tremendous military expansion....now's the time to examine much more deeply just who is in charge both in the White House as well as in the major institutions of the American government, especially the Pentagon and the CIA. We named a few names in the previous article and there's much more to tell about many of them as well as about the system of big money and influence-peddling that brought them all to power.
But for right now...in flashing red lights...the video documentary..."Journeys With George".
GEORGE W. BUSH, MOVIE STAR
A private screening of Alexandra Pelosi's forthcoming documentary.
by Matt Labash*
[NEW YORK - The Daily Standard - 23 February]: It's Valentine's Day, and though I'm a married man, I'm standing on the sixth-floor landing of a Greenwich Village apartment building with a box of Russell Stover candy that's intended for a woman I've never met. I'm on a journalistic suck-up safari, and my quarry has warned me that I'd better not come empty-handed on such a hallowed day. (I almost brought a fruit basket, but it seemed so Connie Chung.)
My reportorial blind date is with former "Dateline" producer Alexandra Pelosi, the 31-year-old daughter of California Democratic congresswoman and minority whip Nancy Pelosi. Alexandra may be on the verge of cinematic stardom. After following George W. Bush on the campaign trail for a year and a half, she quit her NBC job, formed her own company (Purple Monkey Productions), and culled hundreds of hours of candid trail footage, shot on her auto-focus Sony camcorder, much of it containing the future president of the United States monkeying around with reporters.
Her documentary is set to debut March 8 at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas. But it's already caused quite a stir. Relying on Pelosi friends who've seen it, Time magazine described scenes of Bush reverting to Deke-house form on the press plane: predicting that Pelosi's crush on another reporter would "result in a relationship that goes beyond hand-holding," bumping his way down the aisle while wearing a sleep mask, hoisting his non-alcoholic beer and pushing his way into a boozy press throng while declaring, "These are my people. It takes an animal to know an animal."
White House sources, understandably concerned that the president will look less than presidential, have begun sniping at Pelosi. They told both Time and the Washington Post that they were under the impression these sessions were off the record, a claim that taxes credulity since Bush is repeatedly filmed referring to her "documentary." He even went to the trouble of giving it a title--"Journeys With George"--which Pelosi ultimately used.
While Pelosi has shown portions of her film to several reporter friends, I am to be the first to preview the final version in its entirety. Though she has so far rebuffed screening overtures by everyone from USA Today to the "Tonight Show" (first television dibs go to her old colleagues at "Dateline" and the "Today Show"), she mysteriously allows me to talk my way in, though not without making my life miserable first.
After numerous hours of set-up work on the phone in which the deal is nearly done, she turns difficult. "I don't want you to have it yet," she says. She makes me repeatedly assure her that I'm not out to do a hit piece. She tells me that at least a dozen of her friends have nixed me, suspecting a writer from a conservative political magazine could be up to no good with the daughter of one of Congress's most liberal Democrats. ("The Weekly Standard?" exclaimed her sister. "Get out of it!") When her advisers inform her that I once performed a knee-cap job on Rep. Patrick Kennedy, a personal friend of hers, she insists I call the story up on Nexis and read her all 3,500 words. "That's the meanest thing I've ever had read to me," she says.
It all seems a fairly clever ploy on her part: play a manic babe-in-the-woods (even though we're in the same profession), put the reporter on defense until you crush his will to play offense, ensure that he is so beholden to you for granting him access that he writes a nice story. As I knock on Pelosi's door, my integrity (such as it is) already compromised, she continues the hazing.
"HOLD ON," says the raspy voice from behind the door, "I've got to turn my camera on." As a precondition for viewing her documentary, I've agreed, in a fit of postmodernism, to be filmed myself after a brief getting-to-know-you session, from which she will decide if I seem like the trustworthy type. No journalism is supposed to be committed during this trial period, but as her door opens, camera whirring, I reflexively reach for my microrecorder in a Mexican standoff. "Whip it out," she commands. "I'll show you mine if you show me yours."
Unhappy that I, the hunter, have become the hunted, I ask her if she used that line on George Bush. ("Stop filming me, you're like a head cold," Bush barks at one point in the film.) She didn't, but easily could have. For Pelosi is a force of nature, a large presence, a disco inferno. In her bathroom hangs a giant, mirrored disco ball, hardly an oddity considering the rest of her apartment decor: the Reform School Girls movie postcard on her refrigerator, the purple velvet couch ("It's aubergine," she corrects), the campaign-rally photo of her in a University of Texas cheerleader outfit and rubber Bush mask, the Soviet-era propaganda artwork that lines the walls.
I compliment her digs, telling her that her apartment looks like a May Day parade at Studio 54. She rolls her eyes, then dictates what she assumes will be my lead, insinuating that she is a Greenwich Village pinko. Swiping my recorder, as she'll do freely throughout the afternoon whenever she wants to stress a point, she says, "Testing. Is this thing on? I AM NOT the vast left-wing conspiracy. Okay? Bill Kristol, are you listening?"
It's easy to see why the New York Times's Frank Bruni--himself just out with a Bush campaign book, "Ambling Into History"--describes Pelosi as "the unrivaled queen of the pack when it came to self-amusement and consequences-be-damned diversion." While his descriptions of her read like harmless throwaway color (she'd pretend to be the campaign's cruise director, when not heading off to Kmart to buy "festive underwear"), Pelosi bristles at such characterizations, saying she was extremely dedicated to her work. In her year and a half as NBC's on-the-bus Bush shadow, she didn't make it back to her Manhattan apartment once. And since she didn't have the luxury of going home, she says she was forced to purchase Kmart's "Hello Kitty" underwear. "It's all they had," she says, genuinely peeved.
"The pack is very serious," says Pelosi. "But I'm a person, not a pack." She is so pleased with this line ("I love it, it's really working for me") that she has made it one of her six permanent talking points, which she allows me to read off a printout that sits next to the Mac computer where she and her editor Aaron Lubarsky cut her film. It rankles Pelosi that journalists are so grossly reductive. "It's what you journalists do," she says, before emembering that she is one. "We take the most extreme thing, and make it look like the norm."
For this reason, she has taken special care not to embarrass anyone in what many expect to be a mockumentary. Promising that her film is not a "Bush blooper reel" (another of her talking points), Pelosi is adamant about not discussing what she left on the cutting-room floor. "You wanna see the movie that no one in the movie has even seen," she scolds, "And now you have the balls to ask for outtakes? You're sick in the head."
INSIDE, Pelosi's apartment is a constant bustle of activity. The phone rings incessantly, a groveling procession of journalists. "What do they want?" I ask, protectively. "A piece, baby," she says. "After you bend me over in your article, I've got to get a publicist." The rest of the calls are from her coterie of family and friends, many of whom are making sure their girl isn't getting worked over by me.
It's a recurring theme all day. Even deciding where to eat sends her into existential crisis. We settle on her favorite neighborhood greasy spoon, Joe Jr.'s, since she fears if we go vegetarian I might portray her as one of "those crazy liberal chicks that can't find a man." I tire of all this journalism about journalism--it's starting to feel as though we're play-acting a Janet Malcolm essay. I ask her why she's so distrustful of journalists, considering she is one. "Because I know how much pain we cause," she says.
If publicists were advising Pelosi on how to optimize buzz, they would probably encourage her to cause more pain. What better way to attract attention and a deep-pockets distributor (which Pelosi still lacks) than spraying the leg of what many deem an unbearably respectable post-9/11 George Bush? But it's a fight she has no stomach for. "The truth is, in the end, I had a very nice relationship with [Bush], and that was the beauty of it. A girl who had been indoctrinated in the Democratic party, who'd been raised to believe Democrats were always right, actually developed a good relationship with this Republican son of a president whose father's positions my mom would go on the House floor and attack."
It may be her political lineage that explains her atypical respect for politicians. While Pelosi eschews serious policy debates ("there's not one moment of political substance in this movie"), she's not only the daughter of the House minority whip, but the granddaughter of a three-term mayor of Baltimore, Thomas D'Alesandro Jr. An old-school machine pol from Little Italy, he was every bit as colorful as Alexandra. According to Paul Taylor's book "See How They Run," at one press conference, after a reporter asked a hostile question by saying his news desk wanted to know, D'Alesandro pressed his ear to his own desk, pretended a secret was being imparted, then announced, "My desk wants me to tell your desk to go f-- itself."
In press notices, Pelosi's film has inevitably been twinned with Bruni's book. Each provides as vivid a picture of the at-ease towel-snapping merry-prankster Bush as has been drawn. But Bruni tends to assign Big Meaning to the smallest gesture or preference. Thus, Bush is a pop culture illiterate because he's unfamiliar with HBO's "Sex and the City." The fact that Bush regularly ate peanut butter sandwiches revealed that "he preferred the old to the new, the tried to the untested." Perhaps so. But maybe he just liked peanut butter sandwiches. Pelosi seems much truer to Bush's own spirit. "He's a simple guy. He hates to be psychoanalyzed. So I didn't psychoanalyze him," Pelosi says. "I don't think it means you're not qualified to be leader of the free world because you don't watch 'Sex and the City.'"
BY THE TIME I have cleared all the requisite hurdles and we have talked for several hours, Pelosi is ready to let the movie speak for itself. She pops the tape in her VCR, then slinks off to her room, all of a sudden the shy artist. There's nothing to be shy about. She has delivered a tautly paced, visual Boys on the Bus.
Complementing her bemused voiceovers is a supporting cast of weary newspaper hacks who perfectly distill the absurdity of the never-ending campaign. It's all here: the go-to-hell gastronomic excesses (one female reporter eats seven donuts in a sitting), the folksy wisdom of the American people (a voter moons Bush's whistlestop train tour with gluteal graffiti reading "Raise Minimum Wage"), the random acts of senseless celebrity (in one post-debate spin room, Erin Brockovich shows up for no apparent reason, while the Financial Times's Richard Wolffe sums up the scene as "a lot of really well paid people trying to convince a lot of other really well paid people that we know what's going on in ordinary people's minds").
But the main story is the playful jabbing between Pelosi and Bush. Bush adviser Mark McKinnon, the only member of Team Bush who has seen the film, and who loves it, says Pelosi was better than nearly anybody at drawing Bush out. "She didn't fit the typical profile of a Washington press corps member," he says. "She's purple, for one. [Pelosi often favors purple garb.] She's irreverent. She's the sort of person who's turned inside out--all the emotions are right there."
While everyone knows of Bush's penchant for dispensing nicknames like Pez candies, we have seen the real George W. only through a glass darkly--thanks to circumstantial necessity and his control-freak handlers. But Pelosi's full airing of his charm offensives is superior to previous accounts in the way eating chocolate is superior to reading about someone else eating it.
Hopelessly lowbrow, Bush is blessed with matchless comic timing. We see him posing as a chirpy male steward, welcoming reporters on the plane, then angrily snapping at them when they ask for peanuts. We see him reprising his male cheerleader days, pretzel-ing his body into letters to spell "Victory" after Super Tuesday. At one photo op, Pelosi accosts Karl Rove with her shaky hand-held camera. "Why are you lying?" she asks. "I'm not a journalist," Rove calmly replies. "I'm not a liar." Someone grabs the camera and turns the tables on Pelosi, prompting her to distance herself from other journalists by saying "I don't like these guys." "You don't like me?" Bush asks, incredulous, his head popping into the frame like a groundhog emerging from his hole, late to the party. "You call this objective journalism?"
A source of constant chiding was Pelosi's unrequited crush on Newsweek's Trent Gegax. Bush, ever the gossipy girl, one day turns the camera on Pelosi after noticing her taking a walk with Gegax. "It's none of my business what your private life is like," he winds up, "But let me ask you this question, was that just a social encounter with Newsweek man?" Pelosi replies that she was merely discussing Bush's tax plan with a fellow member of the press corps. "And you felt like you had to hold his hand in order to amplify the discussion?" he presses. Before she can gather her wits, he moves in for the kill: "Is it true you believe a person of your stature can go one solid week without bathing?"
For a year, Bush lugs Pelosi and company around the country, from a candlepin bowling meet-and-greet to a snowmobile photo op in New Hampshire. They often end up hating not only him for it, but themselves as well. "Mooooo," groans the Dallas Morning News's Wayne Slater, as he is again herded like cattle. At a sub-freezing airport rally in Iowa, the Houston Chronicle's R.G. Ratcliffe, who possesses a walrus mustache and a hangdog disposition, explains, "The only reason we're out here is in case Bush comes out, slips on the ice, and falls down. 'Cause we're vicious predators." From his airplane seat, Richard Wolffe once again nicely sums up the whole experience: "The great thing about this story is that we can pretend that it's somehow serious. Of course, it is serious. . . . But at the same time, most of our time is spent doing really stupid things, in stupid places with stupid people."
Through it all, Bush commands the stage in the back of the plane. He proudly models his western wear. He eats cheese doodles out of plastic airline cups. He lobbies Pelosi for her vote, telling her, "If I lose, you're out of work, you're off the plane, baby." When she asks why she shouldn't vote for someone who will protect the little guy, he earnestly declares, "I am the little guy. My brother's 6'3". Have you noticed that? I'm about 5'11"."
In an unexpectedly poignant moment on the plane, Bush tries to swim around Pelosi's queries as to what's changed since their odyssey started. He jokes that his daughters went off to college, that the Rangers are in last place, that his hair is turning gray. But she presses him for a serious answer. He cocks his head, joylessly holding his Buckler near-beer, and with a resigned sigh, unaware of what the next year will bring, he says, "Let's see, I started off as a cowboy. I'm now a statesman."
All told, "Journeys with George" lets George be George, or as George as he can be, considering that he was withstanding the constant scrutiny of hypercritical observers whose best days at the office came when Bush announced that he wanted to eliminate trade "bariffs and terriers."
Pelosi helpfully suggests that a good talking point for me regarding her movie would be to say that "it's better than 'Apocalypse Now.'" It's not. But among its finest moments--and the entire film is almost nothing but fine moments--is one that she simply narrates. Pelosi had conducted a super-secret margarita-fueled straw poll among reporters in the back of the plane about who they thought would win the election. Most predicted Al Gore. Somebody leaked the results to outside media. Embarrassed by the disclosure, and fearful that it would cost them access to Bush, most of the pack refused to come near Pelosi the next day. But in an act of kindness, Bush did. In Pelosi's telling, he said, "When they see me talking to you, they're gonna act like they're your friends again. But these people aren't your friends. They can say what they want about me. But at least I know who I am, and I know who my friends are."
* Matt Labash is senior writer at The Weekly Standard.
NBC SUITS RAP SORKIN AFTER BUSH 'COURAGE' SLAM
WEST WING's Aaron Sorkin landed in the hotseat with NBC executives late Sunday after he mocked President's Bush courage and ripped his own network's news anchor in an interview set for release on Monday.
According to publishing sources, Sorkin has told the NEW YORKER: "It's absolutely right that at this time we're all laying off the [Bush] bubblehead jokes... but the truth is we're simply pretending to believe that Bush exhibited unspeakable courage at the World Series..., or that he, by God, showed those terrorists by going to Salt Lake City and jumbling the first line of the Olympic opening ceremony."
"Mr. Sorkin is way out of bounds, and his comments certainly do not, I repeat, do not represent the view of NBC, or anyone I know who works here, or our advertisers," said a top NBC executive from New York, who asked not to be named...
NEW YORKER reporter Tad Friend has penned the high-impact Talk of the Town which features the controversial Sorkin comments.
An early rush of the story was already causing a commotion in Burbank at NBC's entertainment headquarters.
"I think Aaron would be better served focusing on the production of his show," said a source close to NBC entertainment president Jeff Zucker. "I am not sure he is aware just how inappropriate and damaging this might be for us. I've already got a dozen annoying phone calls here from people screaming about 'the Mushroom Guy.' Whether he likes it or not, he does represent NBC and I know the folks over at Warner Brothers plan to sit down with Aaron to express their concerns."
The NEW YORKER names Sorkin "the country's loyal opposition" in the report set to run in the mag's March 4 editions.
Sorkin tells Friend: "It's absolutely right that at this time we're all laying off the [Bush] bubblehead jokes. But that's a far cry from what the Times and CNN and others on whom we rely for unvarnished objectivity are telling us, which is that 'My God! On September 12th he woke up as Teddy Roosevelt! He became the Rough Rider!'"
Of NBC's own look at a day in the life of the Presidency, 'The Bush White House: Inside the Real West Wing,' which aired as the lead-in to a WEST WING repeat a few weeks ago, Sorkin charges: "The White House pumped up the President's schedule to show him being much busier and more engaged than he is, and Tom Brokaw let it happen?"
Sorkin continues: "The show was a valentine to Bush. That illusion may be what we need right now, but the truth is we're simply pretending to believe that Bush exhibited unspeakable courage at the World Series by throwing out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium, or that he, by God, showed those terrorists by going to Salt Lake City and jumbling the first line of the Olympic opening ceremony.
"The media is waving pom-poms, and the entire country is being polite," Sorkin declares.
"I just began reading Frank Bruni's campaign book AMBLING INTO HISTORY: THE UNLIKELY ODYSSEY OF GEORGE W. BUSH which begins with Candidate Bush at a service in Texas for seven people who were killed in a church by a crazy gunman. Bruni describes Bush making goofy faces at the press, and it reminds you of a junior high schooler on a museum field trip."
Sorkin tells the mag that he is planning to revisit the BUSH-GORE Florida showdown in an upcoming episode.
President Josiah Bartlet [played by actor Martin Sheen, who has called Bush a white knuckled drunk] is up for re-election this November. "Bartlet is going to be running against Governor Robert Ritchie, of Florida, who's not the sharpest tool in the box but who's raised a lot of money and is very popular with the Republican Party,? Sorkin says.
"It was frustrating watching Gore try so hard not to appear smart in the debates. Why not just say 'Here's my fucking résumé, what do you got?' We're a completely fictional, nonpolitical show, but one of our motors is doing our version of the old Mad magazine 'Scenes We'd Like to See.' And so to an extent we're going to rerun the last election and try a few different plays than the Gore campaign did."
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(February 28, 2002)
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(February 25, 2002)
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"Transfer" the Palestinians Say Many Israelis
(February 7, 2002)
The Moledet party's media blitz for the mass expulsion of Palestinians is gaining momentum.
(February 7, 2002)
Ariel Sharon has arrived in Washington triumphant as many never believed could or would happen in their worst political nightmares. He may well be the single man who has had more influence on the Arab-Israeli conflict, and on the history of the entire region, than any other.
King Prostrates Jordan for More U.S. Money and "Support"
(February 6, 2002)
King Abdullah II, born of a British mother, Anglo-American educated including at the Jesuit Center of Georgetown University, and essentially enthroned with the help of the CIA (aided by Princeton grad daughter of the former head of Pan American Airlines, Lisa Halaby, reincarnated as Queen Noor), has been ever so helpful to the Americans as now since he was enthrowed as the former long-time Crown Prince was overthrown.
(February 6, 2002)
Lie To Them And They Will Come
(February 5, 2002)
For the holidaymaker in search of a sun-soaked Mediterranean beach away from the crowds, Gush Katif sounds ideal. Or so thinks Israel's hardline tourism minister, Binyamin Elon.
Killing and Refusing
(February 5, 2002)
There is a great deal of moral twisting and turning and cover-up going on among the Israelis; and oh so necessary however late in the day. This article in today's Ha'aretz gives the impression that torturing and shooting to death many Palestinians in cold-blood is something new or rare.
King Bandar of Arabia
(February 16, 2002)
Israel sets up Iran as next target for the US
(February 8, 2002)
"Americans Can Be A BloodThirsty Lot"
(February 4, 2002)