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A hacker got into the email account of George W. Bush's sister (among other people in his circle). I hope the asshole gets caught and prosecuted. But among the material leaked from those emails was a couple of paintings he sent his sister, the one above and the one to the right.
The dude is bored, no one wants to talk to him, no one wants to hear him talk, he's a national pariah, and he's got nothing constructive to do. Art is inoffensive enough, especially since it doesn't start unnecessary wars and cause the death of hundreds of thousands of innocent people. And the dude just started painting, so we can't expect technical mastery. There's no need to mock his lack of skill.
Greatest Living President is Also Fantastic Painter
[...] The paintings demonstrate a command of line and color that is rarely seen in the modern-day “art” world. Former President George W. Bush appears to be influenced by such painters as Edgar Degas and Édouard Manet. The portraits also clearly capture the personality of their subject.
Who knew that Bush boosters are still a people that exist? W is as good a painter as he was a president. That's not a compliment. But in his defense, he never intended those naked self-portraits to become public.
They were for his sister's eyes only.
Originally posted to kos on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 01:20 PM PST.