Friday, June 15, 2012


George Herbert Walker Bush has as veritable a resume as any American in 20th Century: World War II hero, standout baseball player at Yale, Texas Congressman, U.N. Ambassador, Chinese Envoy, head of the C.I.A., Vice President, and 41st President of the United States. Added to that and politics aside, he always comes across as a decent person: the epitome of the last great generation, holding American and family ideals near, and the kind of guy with whom you would want to fish with and share a beer. "41" is an HBO documentary that profiles the former Commander in Chief, as told directly by the man himself in an interview at his Kennebunkport home in Maine, which comes across much like an interview with your grandfather. Bush speaks candidly on his triumphs (I don't know if any other modern president appeared to enjoy the office as much) and trials, such as being shot down in the Pacific, the loss of his young daughter to Leukemia, and losing his 1992 election. I was disappointed he didn't comment on his son's presidency (which may have been the right choice), but "41" is affectionate look at a impressive leader.