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While I certainly do not agree with the public release of candid private photos, the recent release of images from the Bush Family has brought to light the astounding work of George W Bush. While only two masterpieces have emerged so far, the glimpse it offers into the mind of one of America's most controversial presidents is borderline breath taking, as if one was being waterboarded with knowledge.

Without further ado, the Bathroom Era by George W Bush.

'Khan at the Door'
George W Bush
- Oil on Canvas

This whirlwind of ideas is about coming to terms with using America's military might to right a wrong against his father, and to fulfill his own Alexander the Great fantasies.

From the outset, Bush's total disregard for both perspective and basic depth of field techniques known to any artist since the Renaissance makes a bold statement that here is his statement of conquest in art, may even the masters of old hear its glory. Even his basic drawing techniques harkens to the caves of Lascaux, a childlike scrawl so even the simplest man, or artist, could understand it.

But as a self-portrait, one must ask, why does Bush not enter the shower? There in lies the heart of the piece. It is his story of Babylon and Baghdad, for they are one in the same.

When Bush steps into the shower he is baptized and born anew; yet another Khan knocking on Babylon's door. For once he is in the shower he must come face to face with a rendition of his own face as if it were on a Grecian urn from antiquity. A reflection just on the edge of darkness, for heavy is the head that wears the crown.

Historically significant, since we know he most certainly did knock as a khan. And interesting to know he spent so much time in the shower thinking about it, he felt the need to get down on canvas.

'Nights After Cheney'
George W Bush
- Oil on Canvas

Continuing with his rebirth theme, here Bush represents the lonely nights in the White House. Not only a man secluded by power, but also by an over-bearing and abusive Vice-President.

One can only wonder if Bush is trying wash clean one of the many vile ideas that came from Cheney night after night. Is this his Lady Macbeth? Trying desperately to wash away the sins that outraged the nation, the entire planet and possibly even Bush's own soul?

One can only wonder if they had to spend a night listening to Cheney throw his shadow across the world, would they run that water hot, or would they run it ice, ice cold.

All one could hope, as Bush lays out in this masterpiece, is for the water to run its course, and one can arise anew, with the taint of Cheney circling the drain.

At least that is what Bush is hoping for his legacy.

Originally posted to Patience John on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 11:46 AM PST.

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  •  links (22+ / 0-)

    The Guardian

    Washington Post

    Didn't know if this was real or not. Looked it up since the diary has no links. Some Bush family email accounts were hacked and the Secret Service is investigating.

  •  They say that if Hitler had had any success as a (16+ / 0-)

    painter, we might have been spared WW2.  Unfortunately, it doesn't look like that was a realistic option for avoiding W2W (W's 2 wars).

  •  Whoa, (13+ / 0-)

    "taint of Cheney"

    Gonna need a lot of bleach to wipe that thought clean

    Excellent commentary, however. Stunning window into the smallness that is Shrub, y'all

    “Corruption isn’t just people profiting from betraying the public interest. It’s also people being punished for upholding the public interest.”  ― MS

    by cosmic debris on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 01:03:53 PM PST

  •  Very good. (7+ / 0-)

    And here is another take.

    That he would do nude self-portraits in the bathroom...

    Beyond peculiar.

  •  Tags (9+ / 0-)

    I think you should add a "satire" tag, rather than a "meta" one.

    Love the bit about disregard for perspective and lack of depth of field techniques...

    Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

    by a gilas girl on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 01:36:51 PM PST

    •  Right, this is definitely not meta (0+ / 0-)

      Other self-evident tags: art, art criticism, George W. Bush

      Oklahoma: birthplace of Kate Barnard, W. Rogers, W. Guthrie, Bill Moyers & Eliz. Warren. Home to proud progressive agitators since before statehood. Current political climate a mere passing dust cloud; we're waiting it out & planning for clearer days.

      by peacearena on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 07:44:34 AM PST

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  •  Self-centered works (5+ / 0-)

    Further proving his narcissism

    The deeper that sorrow carves in to your being, the more joy you can contain ~ Khalil Gibran

    by SisTwo on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 01:40:47 PM PST

    •  That's a curious metric for judging a painter. (3+ / 0-)
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      CanisMaximus, litho, SisTwo

      Do you use it all cases?

    •  uh... "Art" by definition... (3+ / 0-)
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      DuzT, northsylvania, SisTwo a "self-centered work."

      "Wealthy the Spirit which knows its own flight. Stealthy the Hunter who slays his own fright. Blessed is the Traveler who journeys the length of the Light."

      by CanisMaximus on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 02:51:08 PM PST

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      •  Really? And who decided on that definition? (3+ / 0-)
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        Michaelangelo hated painting the Sistine Chapel. The subject didn't interest him, he didn't like doing frescoes, he would have gladly quit the whole thing.  But if he was going to do it, he was going to do it well.

        I'd call that having self-respect, not being "self-centered."  

        Freedom has two enemies: Those who want to control everyone around them...and those who feel no need to control themselves.

        by Sirenus on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 06:25:37 AM PST

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      •  Perhaps, but to concentrate on oneself (0+ / 0-)

        with the whole world and its minute details?

        The deeper that sorrow carves in to your being, the more joy you can contain ~ Khalil Gibran

        by SisTwo on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 09:14:14 AM PST

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    •  I would hazard (4+ / 0-)
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      self examination rather than narcism, which is interesting considering his public persona.

      "We are monkeys with money and guns". Tom Waits

      by northsylvania on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 01:41:59 AM PST

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    •  Bingo. (3+ / 0-)

      And juvenile, both in execution and subject.

      If it wasn't for the gray hair, I'd think this was a drawing bya 12 year old who's way too self-absorbed.  

      Freedom has two enemies: Those who want to control everyone around them...and those who feel no need to control themselves.

      by Sirenus on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 06:21:59 AM PST

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    •  Sorry that this comment was kinda hit & run (1+ / 0-)
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      I'd almost used up my break and hadn't had time to come back to reply to these interesting comments. Never expected much notice of those few words.

      To me, Bush's narcissism is a given. It took 8 long years for it to sink in that others did not necessarily see it.

      I'm pretty good at reading body language from being legally blind without correction. When swimming, which I love, I can't see faces and have learned to recognize people by the way they move.

      Also, some members of my family are have a narcissistic personality. The signs are easy to recognize if you're familiar with them. They're always thinking, "What's in it for me?" and it shows.

      The deeper that sorrow carves in to your being, the more joy you can contain ~ Khalil Gibran

      by SisTwo on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 09:33:24 AM PST

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  •  This is probably the most human Bush (17+ / 0-)

    we've seen. The guy is still a class "A" Dick and moron, but dogging his art just feels shitty. I'm glad to see the fuckers soul just to know he has one.

    “We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we cannot have both.” ~Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis

    by Max Runk on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 02:28:03 PM PST

    •  Yeah I kinda feel the same way. (7+ / 0-)

      ..Yeah he's pathetic, probably beyond redemption as a true human being. But this is something personal to him and I cannot decry ANYONES outlet for their humanity, however little there is.

      But semi-naked paintings to his own sister??  WTF??

      "Wealthy the Spirit which knows its own flight. Stealthy the Hunter who slays his own fright. Blessed is the Traveler who journeys the length of the Light."

      by CanisMaximus on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 02:49:18 PM PST

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    •  I'm with you (13+ / 0-)

      Personally, I always had the feeling that W is/was not the evil man some paint him least, not deliberately so.  Self-absorbed, overconfident, intellectually incurious, hell yes.  Deliberately evil, just can't see it.

      I've always felt he was a man with many personal failings raised far above his abilities that was largely used as a pawn and figurehead, convenient for his name recognition and for being easily controlled once in office.

      Sure he had a hard-on to take out Saddam (for obvious reasons, not least of which was to "finish the job" his father didn't), but the powers around him could easily have nipped that urge in the bud without getting us into a shooting war in Iraq, if they'd wanted.  But that was what they wanted, and they used that aspect of W's personality to their advantage, using his grudge to achieve their own desired ends.

      Cheney and W's other "handlers" -- yeah, that's where evil dwells.

      Now that W's served his purpose and memories of his  botched Presidency are pretty much anathema to many people, he's been cast aside and is in a sort of exile, as far as I can tell.  Maybe willing, maybe not, I don't know.

      I'm not going to dis his art.  If a person tries to do something to expand his horizons, more power to him, and I wish more people would do such.  Maybe if W had explored those corners of his mind when he was younger, maybe things would have been different five and ten years ago in this country.

      •  I'd agree with your assessment that Bush was used. (8+ / 0-)

        But he was usable because of his incredble vanity. He loved being president. He loved being a war president. He sucked down Cheney and Rove's flattery--and went along with their manipulations--with a song in his heart and a smirk on his face.

        The man was delighted to wear the title "Decider." He was exactly that. I never saw any evidence that he searched his soul, worried about what he did, or gave a rat's ass about the hundreds of thousands of deaths that resulted from the war he was delighted to start.

        He perfectly illustrates the phrase "banality of evil."

        Freedom has two enemies: Those who want to control everyone around them...and those who feel no need to control themselves.

        by Sirenus on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 06:37:57 AM PST

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        •  Bush was a figurehead who could be used (0+ / 0-)

          because he was usable.  He was a figurehead as a governor.

          What saved him as a governor was that he had a Democratic Lt. Governor and a Democratic House that basically told him to follow their lead because it would help him become President

          Once he became President, he was being led around by Dick Cheney and the neocons.  They appealed to his desire for revenge, and his inner machismo.

          Barack Obama for President '12

          by v2aggie2 on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 12:14:00 PM PST

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          •  And to his "Daddy" issues. (1+ / 0-)
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            Another lesser son of a more dominant and competent father. Like McCain and Romney.

            Freedom has two enemies: Those who want to control everyone around them...and those who feel no need to control themselves.

            by Sirenus on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 01:54:06 PM PST

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        •  "Banal" (0+ / 0-)

          The first word I thought of at first seeing these indescribably mediocre works.  Banal, mediocre, shallow...I'll leave it at that.

          George!!  Go to your room!!

          Liberal = We're all in this together
          Conservative = Every man for himself
          Who you gonna call?

      •  I take a different view (2+ / 0-)
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        I do agree with you that he wasn't evil, only a cipher for some guys who were; and I do my best to respect anyone's personal artistic output as their business alone, at least if it was never intended to be made public as was evidently the case here.

        That said, the paintings are out, and I can't unsee them, and they suck. I freely admit my disdain for his presidency is an influence on that, but I honestly don't think I'd be any more impressed with those paintings if you told me Al Franken or Bernie Sanders had painted them. (Well, in the case of Franken, they at least might be intended as a joke, and in that respect they'd have merit.)

        Certaines personnes disent qu'il y a une femme à blâmer, Mais je sais que c'est ma faute sacrément.

        by RamblinDave on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 06:42:50 AM PST

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  •  I'm caught (8+ / 0-)

    between 'Hilarious" and "Touching."

    Just waitin' around for the new Amy Winehouse album

    by jarbyus on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 02:36:46 PM PST

  •  Excellent. This review is a tour de force (2+ / 0-)
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    except for this typo

    Continuing with his rebirth theme, hear Bush represents the lonely nights in the White House. Not only a man secluded by power,

    "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

    by eXtina on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 02:51:51 PM PST

  •  Sheesh. Art critics. nt (4+ / 0-)
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  •  Oh dear. (8+ / 0-)

    Childlike painted nudes sent around to family members. Somewhere a therapist is getting obscenely rich, or should be.

    Fuck me, it's a leprechaun.

    by MBNYC on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 03:09:18 PM PST

    •  Saved from 2002 (0+ / 0-)
      October 02, 2002

      Is the President Nuts? Diagnosing Dubya
      Is the President Nuts?
      by CAROL WOLMAN, M.D.

      Many people, inside and especially outside this country, believe that the American president is nuts, and is taking the world on a suicidal path. As a board-certified psychiatrist, I feel it’s my duty to share my understanding of his psychopathology. He’s a complicated man, under tremendous pressure from both his family/junta, and from the world at large. So the following is offered with humility and questioning, in the form of a differential diagnosis. From the Freudian point of view:

      Dubya may be acting out a classical Oedipal drama–overcome Daddy to get Mommy. By deposing Saddam, when his father did not, he may want to prove himself more worthy of his mother’s love. His rationale that he is avenging the assassination attempt on George, Sr., may be a reaction formation- his way of hiding the true motive from himself. From the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual Fourth Edition:

      Antisocial Personality Disorder–301.7

      There is a pervasive pattern of disregard for and violation of the rights of others since age 15 years as indicated by at least three of the following: 1) failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors as indicated by repeatedly performing acts that are grounds for arrest; 2) deceitfulness, as indicated by repeated lying, use of aliases, or conning others for personal profit or pleasure; 5) reckless disregard for safety of self or others; 7) lack of remorse by being indifferent to or rationalizing having hurt, mistreated or stolen from others. Another possibility from DSM IV:

      Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly Multiple Personality Disorder) 300.14

      A) The presence of two or more distinct identities, each with its own enduring pattern of perceiving, relating to and thinking about the environment and self.

      B) At least two of these identities or personality states recurrently take control of the person’s behavior. This disorder is typical of people raised by satanic cults, and might explain how Dubya can think of himself as a born-again Christian and yet worship money, oil and profit, and sanction killing thousands of innocent Iraqi and Afghani children. Another possibility:

      Narcissistic personality disorder 301.81

      1) has a grandiose sense of self-importance- exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements;

      2) in preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty or ideal love;

      3) believes that he or she is “special” and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people;

      4) requires excessive admiration;

      5) has a sense of entitlement- unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations;

      6) is interpersonally exploitative;

      7) lacks empathy, is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others;

      9) shows arrogant, haughty behavior or attitudes.

      This set of characteristics may describe Rumsfeld and Cheney better than Dubya. Or, for those who feel that he’s just a puppet for others:

      Dependent Personality Disorder 301.6

      1) has difficulty making everyday decisions without an excessive amount of advice and reassurance from others;

      2) needs others to assume responsibility for most major areas of his life;

      3) has difficulty expressing disagreement with others because of fear of loss of support or approval;

      4) has difficulty initiating projects or doing things on his own because of a lack of self-confidence in judgment or abilities.

      5. goes to excessive lengths to obtain nurturance and support from others, to the point of doing things that are unpleasant. From a Jungian point of view:

      Dubya may be identifying with an archetype (as Hitler did with the ubermensch)–something out of Revelations, perhaps, whereby he sees himself as an instrument of God’s will to bring about Armageddon.

      Dr. Carol Wolman is a board certified psychiatrist, in practice for 30 years. She can be reached at:

      ...and who, disguised as rambler american, mild mannered commenter for a great Democratic web blog, fights a never-ending battle for truth, justice and the American way.

      by rambler american on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 02:46:04 AM PST

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      •  And this (0+ / 0-)
        March 25, 2003

        A BuzzFlash Reader Offers Her Professional Services to George W. Bush


        Dear President Bush,

        At this time of national crisis, I would like to offer my assistance to you.

        As a practicing psychologist for more than thirty years, it has become clear to me that your mental health has been seriously neglected. In the interest of our nation, I would like to offer my services as a psychologist to you on a "pro bono" basis. It would, after all, be for the good of the country.

        Of course, it would be presumptuous of me to attempt to diagnose your emotional difficulties without meeting you face to face. However, I believe that I have had sufficient opportunity to observe you to put forth a few hypotheses of "trouble" areas with which you seem to need assistance.

        First, and of great concern, is evidence of delusional thinking - a symptom of psychosis. The delusion that seems most evident is that bombing a people into submission is a strong foundation for democracy, and for generating good will in a nation. There is also the delusion that Saddam Hussein poses an imminent threat to the USA. (Or was that just a lie, suggesting psychopathic deviance?)

        Another symptom that many people have noted is disorganized and incoherent speech, which, unfortunately, can be another symptom of psychosis. Confused thinking is also a problem for you, as demonstrated by the idea that our reason for going to war is Iraq's defiance of the UN, yet you are defying the UN by going to war. This suggests rather muddled cognitive functioning.

        These symptoms suggest that I would feel that a referral to a psychiatrist for medication might be indicated. However, your history of multiple substance abuse should lead to caution in the use of certain psychotropic medications.

        While there are some indicators of psychosis, there are also many signs of Narcissistic Personality Disorder, which include arrogance and grandiosity, as well as a need for unlimited power. There is also a lack of empathy for others, and, in your case, no regard for them at all if they speak another language. You suffer from an excessive need for admiration and a sense of entitlement. Evidence for that includes your refusal to speak before the European Union unless you could be guaranteed a standing ovation. Your actions regarding attacking Iraq in spite of negative world reaction reveal your arrogance in a clear and obvious way.

        Emotional immaturity has been in evidence as well. The tendency toward black and white thinking is one sign of emotional immaturity. Statements that divide the world into good and evil, and "you're with us or against us" reflect thinking typical of a young child. Emotional growth and development is known to be stunted by substance abuse. Could that be what happened with you?

        Problems with the truth are also in evidence, as in such statements as "I am a man of peace", "I am a uniter (sic) not a divider" and "I�m hopeful that we can avoid a war." None of these statements enjoy the support of your behavior. While a certain amount of lying is expected from politicians, yours seems to be well in excess of the norm.

        Although I have a busy schedule, I am confident that my current patients, in the service of their country, would be willing to change their schedules to accommodate you.

        I also need to warn you that I cannot guarantee relief from all the above symptoms, as personality disorders are notoriously difficult to treat. Therefore, in order to pursue your recovery, it might be wise to consider resigning from the stresses of your current position to devote your time to your psychological well being.


        Diana DeVito
        Clinical Psychologist


        ...and who, disguised as rambler american, mild mannered commenter for a great Democratic web blog, fights a never-ending battle for truth, justice and the American way.

        by rambler american on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 02:49:48 AM PST

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  •  hahaha! i had the exact same reaction (3+ / 0-)
    One can only wonder if Bush is trying wash clean one of the many vile ideas that came from Cheney night after night. Is this his Lady Macbeth?
    first learned of these crimes against canvas by way of the rude pundit on my facebook feed this morning.

    i commented: "unclean! unclean! the odd and apparently recurring hygiene theme (shower / bath) is pretty telling, in an "out, out, damned spot" kinda way."

    another rude fan replied: "If GWB was actually capable of such introspection I would be forced to re-evaluate my feelings towards the man (not his actions) - but I have real trouble believing him capable of such self examination."

    and i followed up: "point well-taken -- although the psyche can cough up some weird / revealing shit under duress of cognitive dissonance, particularly in the absence of self-reflection ( < / armchair psycho-twaddle > )."

    "i hear you're mad about brubeck ... i like your eyes. i like him too." -donald fagen

    by homo neurotic on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 03:30:19 PM PST

  •  So, now we know. (1+ / 0-)
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    What he was doing in the White House while Dick Cheney was running the country. He was painting pictures.

    Where are all the jobs, Boehner?

    by Dirtandiron on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 03:41:28 PM PST

  •  He's been compared to Degas and Manet (15+ / 0-)

    in that noted and esteemed arts publication The Washington Free Beacon.

    Here, for example, is a Degas:


    And here's a Manet:


    The similarities are obvious.  Indeed.

    When the union's inspiration /Through the workers' blood shall run /There can be no power greater /Anywhere beneath the sun /Solidarity Forever!

    by litho on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 04:05:52 PM PST

  •  Most interesting aspect of Bush self-portraits (17+ / 0-)

    which are really quite good amateur paintings......Most interesting is how his most personal and expressive parts are suppressed.

    Note that his eyes are searching but his mouth is absent.
    Covered. Out of sight. Non-functioning. He cannot speak for himself, he cannot express himself, he is mute.

     His manhood is substituted by the image of  the faucet and taps. He feels impotent? He admires strong phallic symbols like that rigid flowing water?

    The authentic, inner person was seriously damaged long ago. I think it dates back to when his little sister died of leukemia and his parents didn't know how to handle it.

    "Bush on the Couch":

    I should add that I think it is disgusted that anybody hacked into these AOL accounts but I confess (and I am ashamed to admit) enjoying seeing the pictures and hearing the stories.

  •  I am torn (9+ / 0-)

    As much as I loathe the man and what he did to our country, I really hate that this personal aspect was hacked. It may be justice of a kind because the Patriot Act stripped privacy from American citizens, and it is only fair that he is very literally exposed.

    But there's a certain poignancy about his work that doesn't make me like what his did, doesn't excuse it, doesn't justify it, but softens me a little to his sad sad inner world. I don't think the paintings are that bad as beginner work. I'm absolutely certain he reveals more here than he ever intended.

    Still, he shouldn't have been hacked.

  •  Ex POTUS sits in bath and paints his feet. (1+ / 0-)
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    Most exPOTUS use their status and connections to try to make the world a better place.

    Duhbya sits in a bath tub and paints his feet.  Makes you wonder how he spent his time in the WH.

  •  I don't give him much credit for humanity (2+ / 0-)
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    by looking at his crappy paintings. He's probably a bad singer too. Listening to poor karaoke might make me wince and feel sorry for someone, but it probably doesn't make me see humanity where so much hubris exists.

    If anything these show the paucity of his mind. When I was 8 I thought painting a picture of my feet in the bath was a really creative idea.

  •  The face does not match the head---Magritte (3+ / 0-)
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    Like Renee Magritte, the top portrait has a face in the mirror that is looking directly in, while the head seen is looking to the right. The man looks to the right, is taken to the right, but the face, the soul, the real self that looks back has a furrowed brow and looks old and anxious.

    The bath tub is interesting, because the legs are too wide, too, empty, and the space too great. The man is no man. He is too empty, too lost. He cannot admit his own genital identity. Nor can he admit the perspective that would occur from a full body displacing water. Instead, we have these ghostly sticks splayed against the tub walls -- withered sticks that could not support a man, the testimony of ravages rather than the powerful thighs of a father.

    I see despair.

    Everyone is innocent of some crime.

    by The Geogre on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 05:55:35 PM PST

  •  As loathsome a character as he is, (3+ / 0-)
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    and as unfit for the office of president as he clearly was, is it really fair to pile on artwork the man might have done strictly for private amusement?

    If entries in your personal journal were held up for ridicule would you appreciate it?

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 06:02:12 PM PST

  •  i'll be back to review, but for now (1+ / 0-)
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    i'm skeptical.

    "just started" painters don't do such good work.

    they may have been sent directly and obtained via this hacking, but gwb the true creator ??


    * Join: The Action: End the Bush Tax Cuts for Richest Two Percent * Addington's Perpwalk: TRAILHEAD of Accountability for Bush-2 Crimes.

    by greenbird on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 08:25:25 PM PST

    •  I thouhgt Bush painted more religious (1+ / 0-)
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      themes.  For example, angels with attack helicopters descending upon the Iraqi citizenry and destroying the WMD's while the Iraqi's throw love shoes at the base of his statute which replaced the former statute of Saddam.

  •  He's the next... (2+ / 0-)
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    David Hackney
    Pablo P-u-casso
    Andy Warhaul
    M. C. Escherordinary Rendition
    Vincent van Gogh Away
    Norman Iraqwell
    Clod Monet
    Man Raygun
    Marcel Dudechamp
    Edvard Butt Munch
    David Lee Rothko

    Radio Free Moscow -- A Blue Beacon in the Red State of Idaho -8.5219, -2.0592

    by brentbent on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 11:35:54 PM PST

  •  Doesn't he know... (3+ / 0-)
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    MaikeH, Patience John, worldlotus

    ...that he can adjust that easel so that he doesn't have to crouch to paint?

  •  um.... (2+ / 0-)
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    One can only wonder if Bush is trying wash clean one of the many vile ideas that came from Cheney night after night.
    One also remembers that Obama and the Democrats are pretty tolerant of many of those ideas, which is pretty consistent with a political party whose philosophy is "we're (slightly) better than the Republicans."  An example:

    Generally speaking, ex-Presidents (and ex-Vice Presidents, and sometimes even ex-Cabinet members) tend to spend a lot of time showing the world that, after having pursued careers defending imperialism, capitalism, and the profit margins of the 1%, they're really just nice guys at heart.  Many of them even see their careers and their retirement ambitions as cut from the same piece of cloth.  George W. merely attempts to continue that tradition, in the best way he knows how.

    "There's nothing heroic about earning profit." -Odo, from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

    by Cassiodorus on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 05:34:05 AM PST

  •  All Kidding Aside... (0+ / 0-)

    at least the guy is trying to be creative.

    the fact he chooses himself as the subject of his paintings is telling.. is this self analysis? is he trying to communicate something to us?

    "The 1% don't want SOLUTIONS; they've worked very hard the last four decades to get conditions the way they are now".

    by Superpole on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 06:34:53 AM PST

  •  Rather sad, really (1+ / 0-)
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    I have to say that I find these sad--filled with hidden and unacknowledged despair, as another commented said.  '

    Churchill painted, too.  A self-portrait is here.  Churchill also seems to have actually studied some rudiments: perspective, for example.

    As with public policy, our former President seems to have dispensed with any notion of craft, study, or history and decided to create his own version of artistic reality.  What is sad is seeing this on display in such a personal, damaged and deranged way. The loathsome things he and his handlers wrought on our nation and the world are but a reflection of the silent sorrows that must yet lie deep within his soul.

    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. -- Arthur C. Clarke

    by mathGuyNTulsa on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 07:06:49 AM PST

  •  Best art review EVAH! eom (1+ / 0-)
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    Pam Bennett

    Oklahoma: birthplace of Kate Barnard, W. Rogers, W. Guthrie, Bill Moyers & Eliz. Warren. Home to proud progressive agitators since before statehood. Current political climate a mere passing dust cloud; we're waiting it out & planning for clearer days.

    by peacearena on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 07:41:59 AM PST

  •  The Gut Delivers Again (0+ / 0-)

    Just ask Britney.  (Any resemblance to the OFA crowd's newfound love of drone strikes is purely coincidental.)

  •  I think that latter work (4+ / 0-)

    ...despite its diversionary title, is in truth a Norquistian reference.  Notice the inert posture and the water still running, despite the feet being almost covered...the water is destined to run until the true final purpose is achieved.  Here the artist/president is destructive force, of both self and public duty, drowning government in the bath tub.

    Further, I am amazed that none of the 81 comments before this one contained this joke, leaving me the opening.

  •  Maybe he's so messy, (0+ / 0-)

    Laura only allowed him to paint in the bathroom.

    Why no Barney portrait?

  •  David Hockney, eat your heart out! (0+ / 0-)
  •  I wonder if he stays up at night.... (1+ / 0-)
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    Patience John

    Thinking about his legacy. I know Bush was never the most introspective of presidents but the fact of the matter is, the guy is a pariah even within his own party. That has to sting. Nothing we were told about Iraq turned out to be true and Bush got all of the blame for that. I find it hard to believe that doesn't sit on his mind a little bit. I keep hoping that one day I'll turn on the news and he'll come forward and just admit the whole war was a scam and that he was wrong to go along with it. That Cheney and the rest of his PNAC pals dragged him into it against his will. Unfortunately, Bush has never shown the kind of thoughtfulness needed to do something like that.

    I imagine he will be content soaking up praise from his few remaining sycophants that still think Iraq had WMDs and that "God" put him in office just for 9/11. He will always be able to get speaking gigs on the evangelical circuit talking about how his faith helped through his tough times and how he quit drinking and found "The Lord". All the while Iraq keeps descending into chaos.

    Bush did more then drag the country into a needless war, he exposed how easily manipulated we are as a country. Not just by fear but by greed. Bush was largely elected in 2000 based on his tax cuts. So we chose the baseball commissioner wannabe over a vice president of a popular and successful incumbent president. All because he offered us a few extra bucks. It's no wonder the country wants to forget about him, he brought out our worst elements. Fear, greed, hubris, selfishness. Who wants to be reminded of that?  

    Bush reminds me of a little kid who shot his parents but doesn't understand that he did wrong. So he just sits in the playroom coloring as if nothing ever happened. That's what I see when I look at these paintings. A man who fiddles while Rome burns and he started the fire.  

  •  He paints only pieces of his body, not the whole. (0+ / 0-)

    This means he feels disconnected. He paints himself nude. This means he feels stripped bare and exposed. He sends these nude paintings to his SISTER??? WTF is that about? That reveals some Freudian family stuff, does it not? Eww! Brain bleach needed!!

    "For we, the people, understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it." - President Barack Obama, Second Inaugural Address, January 21, 2013.

    by surfermom on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 12:43:44 PM PST

  •  Khaaaaahhhhhnnnnn at the door! n/t (0+ / 0-)
  •  Granted these emails and pictures were sent to his (0+ / 0-)

    sister.  But this dud was the POTUS, the War POTUS, the Decider Guy POTUS.

    This is what he has done in his retirement that he is proud enough of to show off?


    Compare the Republicans last couple of Presidents in retirement to Carter and Clinton.  Love em or hate em they have not sat on their laurels but used them to try to make the world at least a little better.

    Nixon went into exile.  Reagan into seclusion.  Bush number one mostly to obscurity.   Who even remembers Gerald Ford?  And Duhbya apparently to the idiot farm.

    Duhbya was/is just Paaaaaathetic.

  •  Nixon (0+ / 0-)

    There very first thing I thought of when I saw these was Nixon.  No one else.  Nothing else.  It was the slimiest president ever, and I thought of Nixon.  That it is the village idiot who painted these creates as equal a disgust.

    Pam Bennett -6.95 -7.50

    by Pam Bennett on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 05:52:39 PM PST

    •  Besides slimy, Nixon was mean and vindictive (0+ / 0-)

      and thought winning elections justified practically any behavior. But he didn't start any wars. And the stuff he did to his political enemies pales in comparison to the huge police state Bush put into effect. George W. Bush is probably going down in history as a far worse president than Nixon.

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