(Creators) Trey Parker, Matt Stone
Carrie Quinn Dolin
Not so much a parody of the president, THAT'S MY BUSH tends to poke much more fun at sitcoms, only occasionally making some humorous jabs at our current U.S. leader (for the record, that was never the show's purpose - in fact, had Al Gore won the election, they still would've done the same thing, except with different characters and the title Absolute Al). The best way to envision it is as your normal cheesy sitcom, except being staged in the White House and starring George Bush. He's your standard sitcom character - a lovable buffoon. Then there's his loving wife, Laura, who's quite clearly the smarter of the two. Also included are other common sitcom characters - the back-talking maid, Maggie, the hot secretary, Princess, the quip-making neighbor who always barges in, Larry, and of course, Karl Rove (whom no sitcom is without).
While not nearly as hilarious or entertaining as SOUTH PARK, this live-action lampooning still delivers enough enjoyment to be worth your time. However, how much you enjoy it will probably depend on your ability to laugh not at the actual joke, but at the fact that the joke is a joke in itself. Confusing enough? Here, let me break it down: The show makes fun of sitcoms. The hilariously catchy theme song, the obnoxious laugh track (intact with "whoo"-ing whenever Princess, the hot secretary, walks in), the ridiculously cliché storylines, the cardboard-cutout characters, etc. - all of them feel straight out of a dumb, cheesy sitcom from the 70's or 80's. The difference here is that it's supposed to be dumb and cheesy. That's part of the joke. Of course, even if you get the joke, that doesn't mean you're gonna laugh at it. I sat with my friends watching this show and only about half of them even chuckled. Meanwhile, I was laughing my ass off about once every couple minutes. What can I say? I love self-parody.
Each episode of the show combines a basic sitcom storyline and a political issue, quite obviously leading to confusion, chaos, and hilarity. Here's a breakdown of the episodes...
An Aborted Dinner Date
Political Issue: Abortion.
Sitcom Storyline: Bush plans two meetings at the same time (a date with his wife, and a Pro-Life/Pro-Choice meeting), thinking he can go back and forth during the night leaving both parties none the wiser.
Episode Highlight: Felix, the aborted fetus that survived abortion.
A Poorly Executed Plan
Political Issue: The death penalty.
Sitcom Storyline: Unexpected friends from the past come to stay at the White House, and when George tries to kick them out, they argue that he's changed. In an attempt to prove that he's the same old Bush, he invites them to watch as he presides over a prisoner's execution.
Episode Highlight: A brief twisted flashback of Karl Rove's "fraternity"-days.
Eenie, Meenie, Miney, MURDER!
Political Issue: Gun rights.
Sitcom Storyline: A psychic tells Bush that he will be killed by somebody close to him, so he invites everybody he knows over for dinner in order to investigate them.
Episode Highlights: Charlton Heston, a bear, and a weird Irish guy acting like Ms. Clea (an obvious parody of Ms. Cleo) on a psychic hotline.
Political Issue: Electronic-based warfare.
Sitcom Storyline: Frustrated that he can't get cable, George's neighbor helps him to install an illegal hook up. Unfortunately, some wires cross, shooting a laser at Austria.
Episode Highlight: Princess buys some "smart pills" off the net that inadvertently increases the size of her fun bags.
The First Lady's Persqueeter
Political Issue: Assisted suicide.
Sitcom Storyline: George gets tired of Pum'kin, Laura's old and sick cat. Laura gets confused, and thinks George is grossed out by... um, a different kind of pussy.
Episode Highlight: Bush tries to kill a cat with a douche.
Mom 'E' D.E.A. Arrest
Political Issue: The war on drugs.
Sitcom Storyline: Intending to get tough on drugs, George makes an example of the one millionth drug offender by arresting him on live television. Meanwhile, his mom comes to visit, as well as make Laura's life miserable.
Episode Highlight: Bush on ecstasy.
Trapped in a Small Environment
Political Issue: Oil drilling.
Sitcom Storyline: After constant complications between George, Laura, Karl, Mrs. Rove, Larry, Maggie, Princess, and Kanooknook the Eskimo, they all resolve their differences through being stuck together in random places.
Episode Highlight: Hilarious 10-second resolutions between all of the characters.
Fare Thee Welfare
Political Issue: Welfare.
Sitcom Storyline: George is forced to resign and ends up living in a trashy apartment. Meanwhile, Cheney takes over and George keeps getting fired from an assortment of low-end jobs.
Episode Highlight: Joke intros to "Cheers", "The Jeffersons", "Welcome Back Kotter", and more.
Commentary-Mini's (with creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone): These quick audio tracks are just as awesomely entertaining as they are on the SOUTH PARK DVDs. Sure, it'd be great if they were longer, but getting mini-commentaries is better than none. Plus, it allows for you to get all the information you want much quicker. Parker and Stone are loaded with humor and fun facts, so even though they only last about four minutes, each track is hilarious and to-the-point.
Commentary-Mini's (with the cast): These tracks are still entertaining, but they're way too chaotic and unfocused. With all the people speaking, it's hard to keep up. The reason Trey and Matt's brief commentaries work so well is because it's only two people - they know what they need to say and the just say it. Here, the cast is simply reminiscing while they themselves watch the show. They constantly talk over each other, and don't even seem to have much to say.
As for packaging, there's a cardboard exterior that slides out two slim-line keep cases (each of which holds one of the two discs). Simple, but nice and convenient.