It’s a burden, being the most powerful politician on Earth.
Sometimes, it’s a relief to lighten up.
For George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States, this meant a White House viewing of “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.”
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the former president’s administration, his presidential library and museum in College Station, Texas, is showing films that Bush viewed while living in the White House. The first installment of the film series: “Sandlot.”
— Bush 41 Library (@BushLibrary) May 20, 2014
The second insstallment, showing tonight after sundown, tells the tale of Wayne Szalinski (played by Rick Moranis), “an absent-minded inventor who accidentally shrinks his children and two kids from the neighborhood with his top secret shrinking machine,” the library notes. “The problem is, before he realizes what’s happened to them he sweeps them up and throws them away! Now they must face incredible dangers as they try to make their way home through the jungle of their own backyard: flood-inducing sprinklers, dive-bombing bees, a runaway lawn mower and more. ”
The Walt Disney Pictures film was released in 1989, during Bush’s first year in office.
One of Bush’s “kids,” of course, also went on to become president of the United States, the 43rd. Another one is thinking of running in 2016, and could become the 45th.
Those are no shrinking roles.