American Experience

The Presidents: George H.W. Bush

Season 20 Episode 9 | 2h 50m 45s | Video has closed captioning.

This biography examines the life and career of our 41st president, from his service in World War II to his days in the Oval Office with the fall of the Berlin Wall, race riots in LA and the breakup of the Soviet Union.

Aired: 12/30/08

Expired: 08/17/19

Rating: TV-PG

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