The Bush Family in Washington

The death of George Bush’s first daughter intensified both his empathy as a politician and the importance of family in his life. When faced with the possibility of war, the sacrifice of others’ sons and daughters weighed heavily on his heart and mind. This program reveals Bush as a pivotal player during a critical moment in American and world history, and in a powerful political dynasty.

PBS’S AMERICAN EXPERIENCE is the first in-depth assessment of the forty-first president of the United States, drawing upon new scholarship and unparalleled access to figures in Bush’s private and public life.

George H.W. Bush, from Emmy Award-winning producer Austin Hoyt (Reagan, Eisenhower, Victory in the Pacific), reveals Bush as a pivotal player during a critical moment in American and world history and in a powerful political dynasty.

Bush’s personal letters, and interviews with his closest advisors and prominent critics inform the film, which features interviews with First Lady Barbara Bush, Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell, Mikhail Gorbachev, and more.