Directed by Barak Goodman (“Oklahoma City”) and Jamila Ephron, “Bush” includes interviews with many in the President’s inner circle, including press secretary Ari Fleischer and chief of staff Andrew Card (notable exceptions are President Bush’s two Secretaries of State, Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice).
“It's always a tricky question for ‘American Experience’ to decide when the proper time is to do a presidential biography,” Mr. Goodman acknowledged during a January PBS press conference at the Television Critics Association winter 2020 press tour. “The rule of thumb is, more or less, 10 years. When we did our ‘Clinton’ film some 10 years ago, it was a little bit past that, but close. The goal is to let the heat and passion subside. The journalism has been done, the historians come in and you get kind of more context for the film. But we very much want to do films in which there are still people alive to tell the story.”