We know Bush didn’t get his world view from actual experience of the world. Before he had an army that could attack it, he never showed much interest in the rest of the world, having traveled less by the age of 50 than your average college student taking a summer trip through Europe.
So, absent actual experience with actual foreigners in actual foreign places, how did he form his impressions of the world? Blog Left found an essay that offers some compelling speculation that Bush formed his relationship to the world based on the Bible, comic books and movies:
- In addition to the overtly religious blessing of nationalistic zeal, the Captain America complex has given shape to superheroic mythologies that now seem to enthrall even our president. The popular culture that seems most apt for grasping President George W. Bush’s populist style of leadership in international relations comes to us in three important movies: Independence Day (1996), Air Force 1 (1997), and the Rambo film First Blood (1982). Independence Day and Air Force 1 are the most successful films ever made about American presidents, real or imaginary. The Rambo character elicited the president’s approval in a bizarre incident that occurred in Germany this year. What can these blockbuster films tell us about public taste and the presidential state of mind?
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