February 8, 2013

What does a former U.S. president do once he’s left office? If you’re Bill Clinton, you take the reins as your party’s most beloved public figure and help the president get re-elected through one of the most rousing convention speeches in recent memory. If you’re George W. Bush, you hang out and draw pictures of your body. The Smoking Gun obtained records hacked from the emails of Bush family friends, including interactions between Dubya and his siblings over the declining health of his father, George H.W. Bush, and—most importantly—a series of paintings that the former president apparently created after leaving office a few years ago. (The interest in painting was reported as one of his new hobbies in those post-presidential days, along with annually writing a memoir  titled How I Got Away With All That Bullshit, printing it out, lighting it on fire, and laughing until he passed out.) The paintings aren’t great, but whatever—they show decent enough perspective, and art is hard for anyone who didn’t have the time to pick up a brush until retirement. But it’s more interesting that Bush painted himself naked in some of them, and saw fit to send them to friends and family—all of whom apparently knew better than to offend his artistic sensibility by responding, “George, the next one better not have your dick in it.” Because what do you do if a former president is sending you his art all the time and expecting positive feedback? You grin, compliment it, and hope a Secret Service terror squad doesn’t show up at your door.BushBash

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