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Will Ferrell and George W. Bush Stew

After the artful dodging of fallen evangelist Ted Haggard, the subject of an HBO "documentary," "SNL" alum Will Ferrell came as a relief to TV critics attending HBO's portion of I Think I'll Just Take Some of These Dinner Rolls Home to Feed My Hungry Children Winter TV Press Tour 2009. Ferrell came to plug his upcoming one-man Broadway show on president George W. Bush, "You're Welcome America," which the pay cable network will telecast in March.

Ferrell, who originally played Bush on "SNL" as a frat guy drinking beer and high fiving pals, said that initially he did not think he would play Bush for more than a couple months.

"He just kept kind of gaining momentum in terms of his comedic persona," Ferrell told TV critics.

"It seems like the less popular he got, the funnier he would be to you," one critic noted, and asked Ferrell to describe "how he grew as a good character."

"It's the longest sustained drop in popularity in presidential history," Ferrell said. "There's been an incredible combination of some insane news events that he's had to deal with and obviously some poor decisions on his part, along with his type of personality, and the fact that he kind of can't speak properly.

"That, you know, makes for a wonderful kind of comedic stew."

By Lisa de Moraes  |  January 12, 2009; 7:40 AM ET
Categories:  Winter TV Press Tour 2009  
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