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Thank You, Mr. President: Helen Thomas at the White House (2008)

Journalist Helen Thomas has covered nine presidents and her venerable career has earned her the moniker 'The First Lady of the Press.' Directed by award-winning filmmaker Rory Kennedy, this... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
George Bush ... Himself (archive footage)
George W. Bush ... Himself (archive footage)
Laura Bush ... Herself (archive footage)
Jimmy Carter ... Himself (archive footage)
Bill Clinton ... Himself (archive footage)
Chelsea Clinton ... Herself (archive footage)
Al Gore ... Himself (archive footage)
Tipper Gore ... Herself (archive footage)
Lyndon Baines Johnson ... Himself (archive footage) (as Lyndon B. Johnson)
John F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)
Monica Lewinsky ... Herself (archive footage)
Richard Nixon ... Himself (archive footage)
Ronald Reagan ... Himself (archive footage)
Jon Stewart ... Himself (archive footage)
Helen Thomas ... Herself


Journalist Helen Thomas has covered nine presidents and her venerable career has earned her the moniker 'The First Lady of the Press.' Directed by award-winning filmmaker Rory Kennedy, this documentary profiles the iconic journalist who has held a front-row seat at White House press conferences for more than 60 years. In her 80s and as sharp as ever, Thomas sits down for a one-on-one interview in which she reflects on her career, the distinct personalities and foibles of the presidents she's covered, as well as some of the scandals that have rocked the White House over the years.

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18 August 2008 (USA) See more »

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Give me a break
21 August 2008 | by kwheeleySee all my reviews

This movie only confirms (Ms. Thomas literally admits that she's liberal)the truth that the media is infiltrated with liberals who "act" impartial until eventually showing their true colors.

Now, I'm not a right-wing wacko...I'm fairly middle of the road. But to watch this advertisement for the Democratic party's socialistic agenda just sickens me.

Helen Thomas, a reporter with 40+ years of correspondence within the White House, recounts her tenure and various stories of asking 8 different Presidents a variety of questions. Sounds cool, eh? Nope, not even slightly. Within the first 5 minutes, it became clear that this "documentary" was a Bush-bashing good times.

Of course, just look at the name of the director (Rory KENNEDY) and you understand the tone. Wait, KENNEDY? Ah, as in the KENNEDY family? Yep, that one. The one with at least three sets of allegations against individual family members and their relatives by marriage. (1 murder conviction, controversial rape charges and that little bridge in Chappaquidick). Liberal, yep, very liberal.

Again, it was basically 45 minutes of making quick, passing reference to Clinton (who REALLY DID LIE TO America) and then a fixation on current President Bush and his tet-a-tet with Ms. Thomas. Somewhere in there were some other references to other Presidents too...but not that much because that would take time away from taking shots at Bush.

The first amendment protects us all including the Ms. Thomas' & Kennedy's of the world. It also protects simple guys like me who are sick and tired of these talking heads on both sides of the proverbial aisle (Dems v Repubs). So, with that protection in hand, this movie is crap and both the director and subject should be ashamed of themselves: Ms. Thomas for misleading us all these years (unbiased? impartial? Lady, puhleesssse!) and Ms. Kennedy for creating this dreck that has removed 45 minutes from my life that I can never get back. (I know, I know - they didn't force me to watch it)

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