The Bushes may not be Lancastrians, and the presidential elections may not be the Wars of the Roses, but does Prince Hal's story resonate with modern politics? A scion of an aristocratic house spends a dissipated youth, reforms and wins political office, assumes his father's position and under the influence of his father's self-interested courtiers wages a war of conquest in a foreign land.
Hal, as the warrior-king Henry V was successful in his French ambitions. But even this success was short lived:
"Of France and England, did this King succeed:
Whose State so many had the managing,
That they lost France, and made his England bleed:"