When we joked about Putin becoming a painter for April Fools, we considered photoshopping his face onto a photo of President George W. Bush standing next to one of his paintings. Then we decided it was too easy. Well, Bush is still a bush-league painter and it looks like the joke is still on Putin. Today on the Today Show, the former president unveiled his latest series of paintings. If you thought he may have peaked early with first exhibition of dogs, you were wrong. Bush’s series of portraits of world leaders are delightfully bad.
His mom thinks so too. On The Today Show when Bush’s daughter Jenna Bush Hager revealed her dad’s favorite portrait of his father to Barbara Bush, the former first lady exclaimed, “That’s my husband?!” She was probably just kidding because she said she liked it very much. But when they asked her if she would let her son do a portrait of her, she said absolutely not. (Two slams and you’re not joking anymore, girl…)
Our favorite may be the one of he did of Putin exuding the mystique of an evil world leader with a face like a carton of Marlboro Lights. Intentional? Does Putin even smoke? In talking with his daughter Jenna Bush Hager about his relationship with Putin, he revealed he may be holding on to an old grudge. “As you know, our dear dog Barney, who had a special place in my heart — Putin dissed him and said, ‘You call it a dog?’’’ Maybe it’s best not to reopen old wounds on dead dogs lying…
While his artistic vision leaves something to be desired, we commend Bush’s effort (and chutzpah). Yet with such obvious care put into “capturing the unique personalities” of each of his subjects, it’s a wonder how Bush let diplomatic relations sink so low during his administration.