George Schlatter on producing George W. Bush's first inauguration

The Interviews: An Oral History of Television

The Interviews: An Oral History of Television

Producer George Schlatter tells the story of how he came to produce George W. Bush’s first inauguration in 2001 and the cultural clashes that occurred between the staff of the conservative president-elect and the much more liberal Schlatter:

"I said, 'Excuse me, but we're in the city with the largest black population anywhere in the United States, and I do not see one person of color here. And we may be three or four miles away from the nearest Jew. So the next time I come back here, I'd love to see like three or four brothers and a half a dozen yarmulkes.' The kid next to me says, 'Mr. Schlatter, how do you spell yarmulke?' And I said, 'This is going to be tough.’”

Watch George Schlatter's full Archive of American Television interview, where he discusses producing programs from The Judy Garland Show to George W. Bush’s Inauguration Special in 2001.

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