James Cromwell Was The Perfect President Bush
George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st President of USA died on Friday at the age of 94. He had the distinction of being the longest-lived president in American history, and Bush and his son (George Bush Jr) became the second father–son pair to serve as president, following John Adams and John Quincy Adam.
He was a decorated war veteran of WW2, and since leaving the White House devoted his time promoting various charitable causes. He and Barbara Bush had become the longest-married presidential couple in 2000 when their marriage surpassed the 54-year (1764–1818) marriage of John and Abigail Adams, and on the wake of his burial today I want to look back at some of the best portrayals of George Senior on film.
There aren’t that many to be frank. He was portrayed in 3 feature films, but one of the best portrayals was in Oliver Stone’s W. The biopic focused more on his son, George Bush Jr and his life leading up to his presidency, but no-doubt ably he was portrayed extremely well by the character actor James Cromwell.
Cromwell portrayed a tough but emphatic father that provided tough love and affection towards his troubled son. We saw the father-son dynamic through troubling times and through Senior’s 1988 presidential campaign.
We saw glimpses of Bush senior in The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear and Hot Shots! Part Deux, but Cromwell in W. really made him shine.
RIP George Herbert Walker Bush and as for you out there… Here’s a quick reminder how good James Cromwell was in this role.