After Laura Bush's Slap Down, George W. Bush Advises, 'Don't Paint Your Wife'

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After Laura Bush's Slap Down, George W. Bush Advises, 'Don't Paint Your Wife'


Bedard, Paul, Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The


Former President George W. Bush is going public with his painting and portraits Friday, and in a "Today" interview with his daughter Jenna Bush Hager provides one big piece of advice to other husbands taking up the hobby in retirement: "Don't paint your wife."

In the NBC interview, former first lady Laura Bush reveals that she's no fan of her portrait by W. "Yeah, it still needs some work," she said.

When asked by Jenna what he learned from that effort, her dad laughed and said, "Yeah. Don't paint your wife."

The "Today" interview comes as Bush is unveiling his first art exhibit at his presidential library in Dallas. It is called "The Art of Leadership: A President's Personal Diplomacy" and includes portraits of 24 world leaders.

He also discussed the leak of his first self-portraits in the bathroom.

From Today:

JENNA BUSH-HAGER:

Have any of these leaders seen their portraits?

PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH:

They have not.

JENNA BUSH-HAGER:

Not one?

PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH:

Not one.

JENNA BUSH-HAGER:

What do you think their reactions will be?

PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH:

I think they're going to be -- "Wow. George Bush is a painter. …

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