Tonight at 8 p.m., Discovery Channel will premiere a new documentary about the 20 living White House chiefs of staff and the presidents they served. In this preview clip, President George H.W. Bush and one of his chiefs of staff, James Baker, speak their belief that H. Ross Perot’s 1992 presidential campaign against Bush was motivated in part by personal resentment due to something that occurred during the Reagan administration, when Bush was vice president:
Bush agreed to tell Perot that Reagan had no reason to believe that there were Americans left in Vietnam, as Perot had been insisting.
“I think that Ross got pissed off and shot the messenger,” says Baker, who also served as Reagan’s chief of staff.
Bush echoes Baker’s reasoning. “I think he took it very personally,” he says, adding that before the incident, the fellow Texans had a warm relationship. “It got ugly and mean and I didn’t like it at all.”
(H/T U.S. News & World Report)