- Huh? April 3
Former president and current viral painting sensation George W. Bush will unveil some of his artistic creations Friday in an exclusive segment on NBC's Today Show. The paintings, part of a forthcoming exhibit called "The Art of Leadership: A President's Personal Diplomacy," depict world leaders with whom Bush interacted during his presidency — Russian President Vladimir Putin, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, among others.
Bush has largely stayed out of the spotlight since leaving the White House, understandably so given his deep unpopularity upon leaving office. So you would maybe expect that he would be asked some tough questions in a rare media appearance, perhaps about the bombshell Senate report that concluded the CIA's use of torture during his presidency didn't turn up the reliable intel the agency claimed it did.
Apparently, not so: Bush was interviewed for the segment by his daughter, Jenna Bush Hager, and they shared some good laughs about the former president's painting lessons, technique, and infamous bathtub portrait.
"I wanted to learn about painting — water hitting water,'' Bush said. "It kind of shows my sense of humor, I think." --Jon Terbush
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