American Experience

Bush on Unity: Ideological Housecleaning

Clip: Season 24 | 2m 23s

George H.W. Bush fired the majority of Reagan's appointees in an attempt to distance himself from his predecessor. "It was an ideological housecleaning," says presidential historian John Robert Greene. "And Reagan appointees are shown the door in a harsh transition that makes it look like a Democrat is coming in."

Aired: 10/31/11

Rating: NR

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