Race For the White House – Bill Clinton vs George H.W. Bush (2016)

“Clinton really knew how to talk to the good old boys, the pick up truck people. He could sound like America. He understood what they cared about and how to get to them. It wasn’t for nothing that they called him Bubba.” – Samuel Popkin

Number of Times Seen – 1 (4 Oct 2020)

Brief Synopsis – An intimate look at the Presidential election between George H.W. Bush vs Bill Clinton in 1992.

My Take on it – As a fan of history and most specifically US History, I have always been fascinated by the Presidency.

When I came across this series by accident, I was quite interested in seeing what it was all about.

The fact that we are in an election year also piqued my interest in seeing what this series has to say about past Presidential elections and their effects on the way that these elections are run today.

Having lived through this election and recalling how vicious it was, I was quite happy that this was the one that they chose to end the first crop of films in this series.

Both of these men had difficulty claiming the nomination of their party due to scandals popping up during the process, yet they each still managed to find a way to clinch the nomination.

This helps make this election such an epic one.

They each had a great team of advisors who helped them deal with all of the various pitfalls and problems that arose along the way.

These issues constantly changed the tide in favor of each of the candidates and this helped make it such an engaging election to watch unfold.

Each used cunning tactics to try and gain the upper hand and it was a very close race between them for the Presidency.

Knowing what the future had in store for both of these men also helps put things into perspective since we get to see patterns in their lives that would reoccur years later.

This film has some amazing interviews with some of the men and women who were on the teams of these candidates and they give us some great tidbits and information about thins that happened along the way that would help make this such a turbulent election campaign.

The one caveat I have about this film is that they weren’t able to include thoughts from the two Presidents themselves about what happened.

Bottom Line – Excellent way to end the first crop of these films.  The rise to the nomination for both of these men wasn’t easy and their battle for the Presidency was also one that became so epic. The various pitfalls and problems that both encountered along the way kept changing the tide as to who was ahead and who was behind and they both enlisted some very competent and cunning teams to help run their campaigns which made it such a great one to watch.  Knowing the future of these men and their lives also adds so much to watching the events unfold because some of them would repeat themselves over ad over in the years to come.  Amazing interviews and tidbits from the men and women who helped bring about such a turbulent campaign season.  It’s too bad that they didn’t interview either of the men to get their opinions tho.  Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Along with Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford, Bush is one of three incumbent presidents since World War II to be defeated in the general election. (From Wikipedia)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)



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