Bush Picks Up a Brush

The weirdest stuff to emerge from the files of a hacker who raided Bush family emails are these pictures George W sent to his sister showing impressionist-style portraits that he painted of himself in the shower and in a bath tub?

Now Iā€™m no expert but is Bush the next Degas or Manet?
Or does the man just have too much time on his hands.

Self-portrait, George W. Bush
Self-portrait, George W. Bush
Self-portrait, George W. Bush
Self-portrait, George W. Bush

86 thoughts on “Bush Picks Up a Brush”

  1. is he cleansing the soul perhaps?

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  2. Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that a riot was about to break out instead. So he took some water and washed his hands in front of the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood. Attend to that yourselves.”

    International Standard Version (Ā©2012)
    Matthew 27:24

  3. Re- posted from previous thread.

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Saturday night that President Barack Obama has jeopardized U.S. national security by nominating substandard candidates for key cabinet posts and by degrading the U.S. military.

    “The performance now of Barack Obama as he staffs up the national security team for the second term is dismal,” Cheney said in comments to about 300 members of the Wyoming Republican Party.

    Cheney, a Wyoming native, said it was vital to the nation’s national security that “good folks” hold the positions of secretary of state, CIA director and secretary of defense.

    “Frankly, what he has appointed are second-rate people,” he said.

    This is one of those times when you just throw up a little in your mouth.
    The great draft dodger and war criminal talking about second rate people.
    How conveniently he forgets that he can’t leave the country for fear of arrest. Yep he is a real first rater. Prick!

  4. I guess this is what he thought they meant when they were talking about water boarding. :sad:

  5. I agree with cheney. However, cheney and the bush strategic security crowd weren’t even second rate.

    After all, bush, cheney, and the security punks all agreed to sell our ports to the friends of al Qaeda.

  6. xrepublican quoting Taegan Goddard quoting Politico quoting murk sanford: I’m not in any way unaware of how I’ve let you down. I’m not in any way unaware of my well-chronicled failings as a human being. But I am equally aware that God forgives people who are imperfect.

    If God were registered to vote in SC that might matter .

  7. cheney told us that osama bin ladin wasn’t important. During his time as an expert on security the only guy cheney chose to shoot was his pal, the Texas oil baron.

    Yup, cheney’s the expert all right. First, we shoot all the oil barons!

  8. Meanwhile, babybush channels David Hockney, and sends the results to his sister.

  9. Craig, I’m no expert either, but those paintings are dreadful.

    Kinda hard to get philosophical about GW (who proved still waters can run shallow) but the Emperor’s New Clothes, perhaps? / Hey George, you’re naked and you are a fool. You were a horrible President, a neocon puppet, intellectually challenged and a war criminal to boot. You damaged our Country’s reputation, revoked our personal Rights in the name of “Patriotism”, and created a “War” under false pretenses which led to the deaths of thousands in our Military. How many innocent civilians were killed by your actions abroad? And we’re still trying to get out from the economic disaster you left.
    What a sad legacy.
    Try painting that. No whitewash allowed.

  10. Not impressed with George’s paintings…or much of anything else he’s ever done. Sigh….

  11. Were these the paintings Jesus told georgie to paint?

    When does Christie’s hammer them down? I want to be there to laugh.

  12. The bush Paintings
    Psychological meaning behind the art of the former president:

    He was sent to the showers and is all washed up.

  13. To me, he’s more of a bland canvas. That is, until he starts talking about Jesus coming to visit him in the middle of the night.

  14. I’m sure an art teacher could pick those photos apart… screwed up light source, incorrect proportionality, off center focal points, etc., etc. But who cares. The same can be said of Grandma Moses… and lots of people, myself included, adore her artwork.

    The thing is…. he’s naked… and he sent these via email to his sister… and that is too creeeeeeepy….

  15. Jace,

    Unless it’s really about marriage, what with the ring and all.

    What do you make of the shaving mirror in Exhibit 1* ?

    *The movies have tradition that prosecutors’ exhibits are labeled as A, B, C, etc. However, in the rest of the universe, A, B, C, etc. are the exhibits of the defense team.

  16. I have little sympathy for all the right wing angst over drones and the president’s ability to use them.
    These would be the same sons of bitches that laid down like dogs in summer, over the Patriot Act, rendition, torture, eavesdropping, and indefinite detention.
    Note to right wingers, its a little in the game to develop a conscience. It makes you seem even more pathetic than you are, if that is possible.

  17. Renee,

    We can’t tell that he is actually naked (thank God!), although that is strongly suggested by Mr. bush.

  18. XR,

    The shaving in the mirror thing is OK, I do that.
    I make damn sure that I am fully dressed when I do so as not to view the ravages of age on the rest of my anatomy. šŸ˜”

    Georgie is no more immune to the passing of time and the effects of gravity than the rest of us. I think that he should bear that in mind in the future.

    God forbid we are going see an entire portfolio of nudes. Too much information.

  19. Renee,

    Of course, I agree with you. The fact that he strongly suggests his own nudity to his sister is definitely iffy.

  20. George should build a house or start a foundation or something. He has way too much time on his hands.

    I imagine that Laura wishes that he would get out of the house more often as well.
    If I were her I wouldn’t shower when George is around.

  21. “George! This is the last time I’m going to say it. I won’t have that goddamned easel cluttering up our bathroom!”

  22. Jace,

    I don’t understand. I grew a beard to hide the ravages of time.

    Anywhat, I see the face in the mirror looking squarely at us, as though it expects us, maybe all of us, to arrive. Is this the same trick as Jan VanEyck Played in ‘The Marriage of the Arnolfini’? Possibly.

    Perhaps Mr.bush expects us as intruders? Or perhaps to join, en flagrante delicto.

    Pardon me, I think I’m about to barf.

  23. George W. Bush is still the WHAT ME WORRY?, Delusional Dimwit. When he was President he was only a puppet with 2 masters, Carl Rove for domestic matters and Dick Cheney for international and WAR.

  24. XR,

    I have a beard as well,and it helps.
    From the beard on down I would still scare the dead. šŸ˜‰

    The bathtub exhibit is more interesting to me. I think that it is navel gazing.
    It always was one of his strong points.

  25. I believe that any non biased art expert, would conclude that W paints about as well as he governed. :sad:

  26. is Bush the next Degas or Manet?

    Neither. The style’s not Impressionist at all. Reminds me of a really bad Matisse mockup.

  27. So, a low-life hacker breaks into his personal files and steals some paintings that he has taken up in his retirement. Craig, you are arguably a ‘public person.’ How about a hacker intruding your privacy. Whatever his shortcomings, sins, transgressions, or whatever, what public purpose is served by ridiculing him over this? Shame, I say.

  28. Cajun Joe has a point..it’s not like he was having a show..

    all that aside the paintings are creepy

  29. Hacking has its good moments and its bad moments. This instance of hacking is a very bad moment. Who cares that George W. Bush has a hobby? Let him paint. He is just starting out so it will take time for him to improve. I say let him be. I wish him all the luck in enjoying his new hobby.

  30. Thank you Joe for putting into it into words, what I had been thinking but hadn’t been able to write.


  31. Well, returned from Cleveland shortly after 6pm. Not bad considering we left Columbia yesterday morning at 5am, did my brother’s funeral at 4pm (very nice ceremony with all his grandchildren participating) and follow-on happenings, left Cleveland at 8am with a couple of nostalgia stops along the way back.

    The gps says I didn’t take Rosie over 96mph–cops were everywhere.

    In any case, I’m glad we went, and am glad to be back home.

  32. Cajunjoe,

    Normally I would agree with you but W. spent eight years making this country and the presidency the butt of many jokes.

    Turn about is fair play. Karma.

    Wonder how he feels about eavesdropping now?

  33. The Far East:

    China wants people to believe it has a seriously credible blue water navy thru the buying of surplus and unfinished Russian/Soviet warships? Definitively, it doesn’t.

    It has lots of soldiers; they don’t swim vast distances.

    I don’t see evidence that its air forces are a match to what they will have to face in a theater war.

    Japan must realize that its defense shield provided by the United States is not absolute; they can’t go around poking sticks in it’s neighbors eyes and then come hide under our skirts.

    And, personally, I think they are skating on thin ice right now as their new government is pushing a ‘revisionist’ agenda so far as Japanese atrocities in it’s Asian conquests and in its ‘drafting’ of Korean girls and young women to serve as sexual comfort women for their soldiers.


    Everybody is worried about the crazy ones in North Korea. There is only one issue that will cause a speedy reunification of the North and South. That is if Japan tries to occupy the Dokdo Island group in the East Sea that is claimed by Korea and under the control of South Korea. Beyond that, the tension between North and South is palpable with both the US and China trying to keep a lid on things.

    I’m tired. Off to bed.

  34. Cold rainy day mostly here; a grocery run and watching some Showtime programming were the day’s highlights.
    I heard about Bush’s paintings on Friday but just was expecting something totally different for some reason. Like Craig wrote, I too have no sympathy for the Patriot Act’s main honcho’s getting hacked.

  35. Enjoying Blank & White On Film. Each post is well written; interesting subject matter. Kudos to all involved!

  36. What is the most surprising to me about GWB’s art is his choice of subject matter. He spent so many years in West Texas, why not barns, windmills, tumble weeds or pump jacks? This is not what I would have expected from a guy who cleared brush in Crawford, Texas.

  37. He spent so many years in West Texas, why not barns, windmills, tumble weeds or pump jacks?

    mr mustard, symbolism in art. perhaps these are texan metaphors and the invisible pump jack was too rusty and not up to making the painting.

  38. I, for one, was kinda impressed with George’s artist abilities. Not necessarily with his content though. Hope he works his way out of the bathroom. Bathroom time can be inspiring though. I’ve had more than one good ponder that started in the bathroom.

  39. It shouldn’t be that surprising that bathrooms can open us up. When we rid yourself of waste, whether it be dirt on the body or other things…it provides room for more creative things to come in. Ponder that.

  40. speaking of art originating in the bathroom rumor has it that Rodin just left the toilet out of his piece, “The Thinker”.

  41. I actually like the paintings, but I do find it disturbing that he sent them to his sister. (Wonder what’s goin’ on there?)

    No surprise that W is his own, fave subject. He lives in a bubble-blown-for-one, it just happens to be a soap bubble.

    I’m surprised he didn’t paint Barney, rest his little soul. Maybe he did.

    Anyway, it was wrong to hack him, but Craig, is correct, considering the Patriot Act, it does seem that W’s uppance has come.

  42. Flatus – So sorry to hear about your brother, but glad you had a safe trip there and home. (ps – Your new avatar is wonderful.)

    w likes showers & baths. Hmm, a little Lady MacBeth, damned spot, anyway.

  43. Interesting that Benedict XVI is opting out due to health concerns. I wonder how this will play out?

  44. “speaking of art originating in the bathroom rumor has it that Rodin just left the toilet out of his piece, “The Thinker”.”

    Leave it to you Sturge. You never let me down! You did make that up, huh?

  45. I heard that the Pope is stepping down because he doesn’t feel like he can physically and psychologically do the job anymore. I have to respect that. That’s unusual for almost all people in power these days but should set an example for many others! Finally the Catholic church does something we can all be proud of.

    It took a lot of love and courage!

  46. FYI, I’m not a Catholic. I attend the church of the big river. God hangs out there.

  47. I wish he was stepping down because the Catholic Church is a corrupt institution that has not kept step with the times morally or ethically

  48. KGC, the Catholic church doesn’t have a monopoly on that. It’s a trend for all churches and many of those attending them.

  49. Always a pleasure to see you here CJoe. But I gotta agree with them and those who say it’s Bush’s Karma. And BTW, I would feel the same way if it happens to Obama and/or any other Congressperson/Senator that voted for the Patriot Act. As “they” say… payback is a bitch.

    Well, the Pope stepping down might be a benevolent deed. Or it could be that he wants some control over who gets to be the next Pope. I don’t really know… but I’m leaning toward the latter.

  50. Ct
    I’m sure that’s the case but it doesn’t make it less true for the Catholic church

    And certainly for the sex abuse and cover-ups alone –every part of their leadership should have resigned.

    I do think some organized religions have done a better job. I think the Episcopalians are trying not always succeeding but trying. Some branches of Judaism do better and in general Buddhists seem to have the right idea — if I were a better person I’d be one.

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    Charleston has had its own gun incident. Documentedly unbalanced woman buys gun, takes it to the Ashley Hall School for young ladies downtown (from which graduated Barb Bush, by the way) where there is an incident at the gate where she tries to shoot two school persons but is foiled only by her own ineptitude.

    They’re acting goofy over there so if it should lead you back to the front page, just type in ashley hall gun in the search box.

  52. I can’t count how many times in my life, when I was young, that I fantasized being Hucklebeverly Finn.

  53. Yet his papacy will be forever intertwined with the sex abuse scandal.

    Over the course of just a few months in 2010, thousands of people in Europe, Australia, South America and beyond came forward with reports of priests who raped and molested them as children, and bishops who covered up the crimes.

    Documents revealed that the Vatican knew well of the problem yet turned a blind eye for decades, at times rebuffing bishops who tried to do the right thing.

    Benedict had firsthand knowledge of the scope of the problem since his old office, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith which he had headed since 1982, was responsible for dealing with abuse cases.

  54. I’m glad non of my doodlings hit the internets – as if anyone would care.

    If GW is the next Degas of Manet, there will be no want of Degas and Manets. Subject matter aside, I’ve seen paintings that are of the caliber of these – at the mall when the elementary schools have their art shows out there. I’m sure the 7th and 8th graders would be happy to know that their lack of developed talent as painters is just impressionism. (I do wonder how he knows what he looks like in the shower – from behind…)

    But really, does anyone care whether he’s a talented painter?

    Oh, and Cheney – Craig hit the nail on the head in the last thread.

  55. maybe the cafflick church could have an inquisition for themselves……separate some wheat from some chaff and whatnot….

    whatnot……….what a perfect word.

  56. Well, maybe the Pope is giving up being the Pope for Lent. Something big with his health, if he is giving 2-weeks notice. What happens if they can’t choose a new one before Easter mass?
    Six more weeks of winter? (I’m not Catholic, so I have no idea who fills the void.)

    This is a sorry state for our SEAL, and if you read the linked story at the bottom of this story, it’s absurd…Osamaland Amusement Park.


  57. blueINdallas says:
    02/11/2013 at 12:30 PM

    Well, maybe the Pope is giving up being the Pope for Lent.

    hee hee

  58. he next day, after casting my last vote, I resigned my seat in Congress.

    Mark and I will be there again tomorrow night, because this is a critical moment in time for legislation to reduce gun violence in the United States.

    That’s also why we’re releasing our first television ad on the issue. As one of the first donors to Americans for Responsible Solutions, I wanted you to see it first.

    Watch the ad and forward it to your friends.

    Nine out of ten Americans support universal background checks for gun purchases.

    Congress must act. Let’s get this done.

    Gabby Giffords

  59. I guess for “W” it is either paint creepy pictures or go back to drinking and the nose blow of his younger years!

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