Real-Life Olivia Pope Reveals What President George H.W. Bush Thinks of Scandal

TIME

Olivia Pope, television phenom and Washington fixer extraordinaire, seems to have found a fan in George H.W. Bush.

Pope, the Kerry Washington character, is inspired by real-life crisis management pro Judy Smith, a consultant on the ABC show and one-time special assistant to Bush.

When the show departed from Smith’s own biography and showed Pope having an affair with the president, who as a Navy veteran and scion of a wealthy Republican political family is a Bush-like figure, Smith felt that she had to give the now 90-year-old former president a heads up.

“I had to quickly call President Bush to help frame the message. To help form the narrative before he heard from anyone else,” she told a crowd gathered Friday at the Nantucket Project, a conference on art and commerce, hours after the fourth season of the show premiered.

So Smith called Bush’s office, where they said he…

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