Poppy Dresses Down W in Office
This scene actually took place after W. quit his oilrig summer job early. It was transposed to a later time for dramatic purposes. The lines -- "What do you think you are -- a Kennedy? You're a Bush! Act like one" -- are a screenwriter's invention, but they are true to Poppy's character and beliefs.
George W. "was summoned to his father's office in the Houston Club Building downtown...He made George W. feel guilty. 'You agreed to work a certain amount of time and you didn't...I just want you to know that you have disappointed me.'"
"The first son fled the office. He had failed his father in some way. His mother was always more precise, more operatic. 'I would scream and carry on. The way George scolded was by silence or by saying 'I'm disappointed in you.' And they would almost faint."
("First Son," Bill Minutaglio, page 90)
George H. W. Bush was indeed and for most of his life tremendously disappointed in his eldest and most prodigal son, W. And in this scene, he lets him have it in no uncertain terms -- the litany of the son's failures is listed by his father, from walking off the oil rig job to his lackluster National Guard career. W was drifting, drinking, and partying and Poppy was fed up.
W was definitely a ladies' man and did get around with a lot of different women.
In fact, Larry Flynt went on CNN's "Crossfire" on October 20, 2000 and claimed that he had proof that George W. Bush had gotten a girlfriend pregnant in 1971 and that she had gotten an abortion (this was before Roe v. Wade was passed in 1973 making abortion legal). But the girl herself would not go public, even though Flynt claimed he had affidavits from four of her girlfriends and knew who the doctor was who performed the abortion and what hospital was used for the operation. And without her testimony, nobody would publish the story for fear of a libel suit (http://archive.democrats.com/display.cfm?id=159).
And when Bush Sr. compares W with his younger brother, Jeb, he is further rubbing sibling salt into W's wounds. Academically (and also for much of their lives), Jeb clearly accomplished more than Junior. Jeb "attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor's degree in Latin American Studies in 1973, taking only two and a half years to complete his work, and obtaining generally excellent grades." (http://www.answers.com/topic/jeb-bush)
As George W. recalls the conversation, "Hetold me: 'In our family, and in life, you fulfill your commitments. You've disappointed me.'" ("Fortunate Son, J. H. Hatfield, p.35) This was devastating to Bush Junior, who remembered the incident for years afterward.