Given Stone's liberal proclivities, audiences assumed his 2008 film on George W. Bush would be a scathing indictment. But Stone told Daily Variety, "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?"
Stone told Katie Couric, "As much as I may detest his policies, I tried to make him human. And some people criticized me and they said it was too sympathetic to Bush. I thought it was empathetic, [which] is a big difference to me."