That, and other news, in today’s Political Panorama.
Oliver Stone’s next directing project looks to be “Bush,” about the current occupant of the White House, and the helmer tells Variety’s Michael Fleming that despite the stereotypical assumptions about his views of Bush, it won’t be a polemic.
“Here, I’m the referee, and I want a fair, true portrait of the man. How did Bush go from an alcoholic bum to the most powerful figure in the world? It’s like Frank Capra territory on one hand, but I’ll also cover the demons in his private life, his bouts with his dad and his conversion to Christianity, which explains a lot of where he is coming from. It includes his belief that God personally chose him to be president of the United States, and his coming into his own with the stunning, preemptive attack on Iraq. It will contain surprises for Bush supporters and his detractors.”
Expect this movie to get picked apart in every way possible, right down to the casting choices. Josh Brolin will play Bush, and he’s apparently undaunted by the beating that his father James took when he portrayed Ronald Reagan in the miniseries “The Reagans.” In addition to charges from the right that the Gipper portrayal was slanted, there was considerable fire aimed at Brolin’s wife, Barbra Streisand.
Obama Chides Media: In his speech before the Ebenezer Baptist Church on Sunday, Barack Obama was critical of the media in covering race issues during the campaign.
“Every day, our politics fuels and exploits this kind of division across all races and regions; across gender and party. It is played out on television. It is sensationalized by the media. And last week, it even crept into the campaign for President, with charges and counter-charges that served to obscure the issues instead of illuminating the critical choices we face as a nation.”
Did Chuck Say That?: Mike Huckabee had no comment, but Chuck Norris was clear: John McCain is too old to be president. “I didn’t pick John to support because I’m just afraid that the vice president would wind up taking over his job in that four-year presidency,” Norris said at a barbecue/fund-raiser at his Texas ranch for Huckabee.
Asked if he thought that McCain was too old, Huckabee said, “Only John McCain and his hairdresser know for sure… It is a very stressful position. … I’m not going to say he’s too old. I think he’s got a lot of inner strength, good genetic factors by his mom.”
Says McCain: “I’m afraid that I might have to send my 95-year-old mother over and wash Chuck’s mouth out with soap.”
For the record, Norris is 67 and McCain is 72.
McCain and the Media: John McCain may be the one candidate reaping the benefits of great relations with the Fourth Estate, reports Howard Kurtz.