Bush Paintings Recall the Good Ole Days (Video)

Screen Shot 2014-04-06 at 9.36.54 AMSome of us yearn for the good old days…well, more like six or so years ago! I’m not a huge fan of everything President Bush did, but I would be lying if I said I didn’t get a kick out of the bumper sticker showing a waving President Bush with the words, “Miss me yet?” The former president is clearly enjoying his new past time, portrait painting. Far from da Vinci, he is surprisingly good in a contemporary fashion.

Fan or not, taking a look at his still fairly new (five years) hobby is pretty cool. So cool that Southern Methodist University is presenting a new exhibit of GWB’s paintings of world leaders that he met during his time in office. I found it hilarious that he started by doodling stick figures on his iPad app. He’s hooked, too. He joked with a reporter, “I expect I’ll be painting ’til I drop. And my last stroke as I’m heading into the grave. I wonder what color it will be.” Red, sir. It should definitely be red.

“The Art of Leadership: A President’s Personal Diplomacy” are portraits that GWB says were done in the “spirit of friendship.” Behind the more than two dozen portraits of world leaders are a few surprising stories including the time Vladimir Putin asked about Bush’s Scottish Terrier Barney. “You really call that a dog?”

Portraits include Putin, the Dalai Lama, Tony Blair and his own father. While the article has some quips about his relationships with his subjects, the video is a “don’t miss.”

Margie Mars

Oregon PolitiChick Margie Mars is a Conservative-Libertarian, writer and parenting expert. Along with writing and designing graphics for PolitiChicks, she writes for several popular conservative and parenting websites such as Brenner Brief, Parenting, Examiner, Tavern Keepers, Parent Society, True Patriots For America and Attachment Parenting International. Margie writes as an expert on Attachment Parenting, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, child rearing and autism. Favorite political topics include the Tea Party, gun rights, the Constitution, Israel and border safety. In addition to writing she manages the social media accounts for two small businesses. Margie holds a degree in Early Childhood Education, certification in Special Needs Education and has taken courses in Legal Assisting and Political Science. In her spare time she enjoys reading political non-fiction and biographies, making jewelry, embroidery, painting and other crafts. Margie and her husband Rob have eight children (three on the autism spectrum); ages 9-27 (seven boys and one girl!) and three perfect grandchildren. You can follow Margie on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MargieWilsonMars8 or on Twitter at: @Margie10

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