The newest production in the PBS American Experience Peabody Award-winning collection The Presidents, “W” will be the most comprehensive film biography of George W. Bush to date.
The four hour film, featuring interviews with historians, journalists and several members of the president’s inner circle, will premiere in two parts in the spring of 2020 on PBS.
Part One of “W” chronicles Bush’s unorthodox road to the White House. The once wild son of a political dynasty, few expected Bush to ascend to the presidency. And yet, 36 days after the November, 2000 election, Bush emerged the victor of the most hotly contested race in the nation's history. Little in the new president's past could have prepared him for the events that unfolded on September 11, 2001. Thrust into the role of war president, Bush's response to the deadly terrorist attack would come to define a new paradigm in American foreign policy. Part Two opens with the ensuing war in Iraq, and continues through Bush’s second term, marked by the devastating impact of Hurricane Katrina and an unpopular intervention in the most serious financial crisis since the Great Depression.