A two part documentary on President Bill Clinton airs tonight and tomorrow night on PBS’s American Experience at 9:00 et.
After finally finishing watching the screener this afternoon, I can only say, this is some must watch TV.
PBS notes the documentary is a “biography of a president who rose from a broken childhood in Arkansas to become one of the most successful politicians in modern American history, and one of the most complex and conflicted characters to ever stride across the public stage.”
During production of the series, the production crew interviewed 61 people and 50 of them appear in the series including: Kofi Annan, Jonathan Alter, Sidney Blumenthal, James Carville, Wes Clark, Tom Daschle, David Gergen, Harold Ickes, Joe Klein, Dee Dee Myers, Leon Panetta, Mark Penn, Robert Reich, Robert Rubin, and the man appointed to bring Clinton down, Ken Starr.
The first episode focuses on Clinton’s earlier life, his “bumpy” road to the White House in 1992, to his early years as president. From the beginning of the White Water scandal to the defeat of Hillary’s health care bill, and on to the 1994 election that saw the Republicans gain control of Congress.
Episode two chronicles Clinton’s turn to Dick Morris to diagnose the Clinton administration’s weakness and then strategize on how to correct them. There’s the government shutdown, Clinton’s re-election and then the Lewinsky scandal. Clinton, as we all know survives the scandal and the Republicans fail to remove him from office.
Clinton’s presidency made history in so many ways amidst a very tranformative time in American history.