Previews + Extras
Journalists Ponnuru, Hockenberry, Weisberg, Nichols, and Republican Strategist Trynham describe Bush growing up and how he contrasted with the rest of his family. He was never expected to be successful in politics and was the black sheep of his family. Experts as well as Sr. Advisor Karen Hughes state George W. eventually decided to turn his life around after his father entered the White House.
Republican Strategist Trynham, journalists Weisberg, Couric, and advisors Rice, Norquist, and Brazile discuss Bush's inarticulacy and inexperience, as well as how he was honest enough about his shortcomings that he just surrounded himself with experienced strategists. Consequently, Bush came off as personable and as an average American to those that ultimately voted for him.
Assistant Professor Niambi Carter, National Chief of Staff Messina, Director, Annenberg Public Policy Center University of Pennsylvania Kathleen Jamieson, Stephanie Cutter, and Campaign Supervisor Donna Brazile discuss the ways that Obama used the internet and social media to mobilize young voters. This strategy ultimately defeated the powerful establishment behind Hillary Clinton in 2008.
Republican Strategist Karl Rove, National Chief of Staff Jim Messina and others discuss the momentum and mainstream attention of Obama's campaign, which translated to his great success in Iowa. All the while Hillary Clinton was close behind, criticized for being "less likeable. When she showed her human side, she defeated him in New Hampshire, illustrating the neck-in-neck race between the two.
Stream tens of thousands of hours of your PBS and local favorites with WETA Passport whenever and wherever you want. Catch up on a single episode or binge-watch full seasons before they air on TV.