George W. Bush has settled into a pleasant retirement of painting and proving that he is not a moron. PHOTO: Jimbo Wales, CC license
George W. Bush enjoys the reactions that his paintings have been getting:
“People are surprised,” Bush told the Dallas Morning News. “Of course, some people are surprised I can even read.”
I'll admit, I hadn't thought about what it would be like to be world famous, and thought of as really stupid by a large percentage of the millions of strangers who know who you are. Bush can be inarticulate, and he did a lot to mess up America in a short amount of time, but, yeah, he's not a complete imbecile. He's just a dopey guy, who said something unintentionally hilarious on camera about once a month.
The paintings, Bush feels, help break through that perception of him. The last President noted that he takes “great delight in busting stereotypes.”
Like someone who can swim with elegance, but stumbles around on land, Bush is more articulate as a visual artist than a speaker:
“It’s a way to create,” Bush said. “I enjoy creating. … You can express yourself in a way that’s unique.”