Which ad best tells the truth about George W. Bush?
The 15 finalists for Bush in 30 Seconds are shown below.
The winning commercial will be announced at an event on January 12, 2004 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.
The panel of celebrity judges includes Jack Black, Benny Boom, Donna Brazile, James Carville, Margaret Cho, Hector Elizondo, Al Franken, Janeane Garofalo, Stan Greenberg, Ted Hope, Michael Mann, Moby, Michael Moore, Mark Pellington, Tony Shalhoub, Russell Simmons, Michael Stipe, Gus Van Sant, Katrina Vanden Heuvel, and Eddie Vedder.
These judges will determine which ad wins the contest overall.
The finalists are:
by Charlie Fisher of Denver, CO
IN MY COUNTRY
by Harry Katatsakis, Derek Rittenhouse, and Chris Wight of New York, NY
by Rich Garella and Adam Feinstein of New York, NY
WHAT ARE WE TEACHING OUR CHILDREN?
by Fred Surr, Ted Page, and Janet Tashjian of Needham, MA
by Mark Vicente of Los Angeles, CA
HUMAN COST OF WAR
by Brian Wilkinson of White Plains, NY
WAKE UP AMERICA
by Lisa M. Rowe of Hollywood, CA
by David Haynes of Dallas, TX
ARMY OF ONE
by Penny Little, Nick Green, Michael Stinson, and Julie Stigwart of Isla Vista, CA
by Adam Klugman and Dave Adams of West Linn, OR
by Nathania Vishnevsky of Foster City, CA
LEAVE NO BILLIONAIRE BEHIND
by Andrew Boyd of Brooklyn, NY
BUSH'S REPAIR SHOP
by Eric Martin of Silver Spring, MD
GONE IN 30 SECONDS
by Eric Blumrich of Montclair, NJ
BRING 'EM ON
by Mike Cuenca of The Civil Society Group, Lawrence, KS
(NOTE: This submission was removed at the request of its creator due to potential copyright issues.)
This webpage is a replica of the now-defunct bushin30seconds.org home page as it existed on January 5, 2004.
The 15 videos that were posted on the bushin30seconds.org site at that time were in Apple QuickTime Movie (.mov) file format and were encoded with the Sorenson Media Video 3 video codec and the MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3 audio codec.
Playback was accomplished using the Apple QuickTime Player plugin for Netscape and Netscape-compatible browsers and via an ActiveX Control for the Microsoft Internet Explorer browser.
For historical reference, those 15 original .mov files can be directly downloaded from this website in the form of a ZIP (.zip) archive using this link (54,246,729 bytes).
For presentation here, in February 2020, the .mov files were transcoded to modern codecs (MPEG-4Part 10AVC/H.264 video and MPEG-4AAC-LC audio) and the audio/video data was wrapped in an MPEG-4Part 14 (.mp4) container.
Successful playback requires a modern browser that supports the HTML5 video element and a 2 Mbps or faster Internet connection.