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Bush Nostalgia Is Overrated, but His Book of Paintings Is Not (STA BREAKING NEWS and ARCHIVES)

by Theresa @, Saturday, July 15, 2017, 12:24

PORTRAITS OF COURAGE
A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors
By George W. Bush
Illustrated. 191 pp. Crown Publishers. $35.

As a cub reporter in 1967, Richard Cohen (now a political columnist for The Washington Post) covered an exhibition of Dwight D. Eisenhower’s paintings and asked the former president about their symbolism.

“Let’s get something straight here, Cohen,” Ike snapped. “They would have burned this [expletive] a long time ago if I weren’t the president of the United States.”

The same might have been said of former President George W. Bush’s paintings of his pets — and his embarrassing if psychologically compelling self-portraits in the bathroom — that were hacked in 2013 from family emails by “Guccifer,” a Romanian hacker. This was a first. Who leaks paintings?

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