Shock and awe over portraits

Regarding the April 6 AP article “Portraits by George W. Bush go on display“: I wonder if former U.S. President George W. Bush is very happy with the self-portrait he did [displayed with the portraits of other world leaders in an exhibit at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas].

It’s interesting that an essay by the late British Prime Minister Winston Churchill inspired Bush to take up oil painting in 2012, three years after leaving office. Didn’t Bush once confess that he’d read only one book during his undergraduate days at Yale? Was former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Bush’s partner in crime in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, being cheeky when he gave Bush a book of Churchill’s speeches?

President No. “43″ [Bush's signature on his works] would be looking far more grim than the paint-by-the-numbers portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin if there was any justice in the world. It’s interesting that Bush would try to rehabilitate his deeply tarnished reputation by taking up portrait painting.

robert mckinney
otaru, hokkaido

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