There was something deeply strange about Bush II’s presidency and there’s something weird about his post-presidency too. I’m glad that painting is such an engrossing hobby for him, but there’s something more-than-a-little Chauncey Gardner about it all. I think it weirds people out, and I don’t mean that in a Real Murkins think art is Yurpean kind of way. His portraits of other world leaders, whatever their quality, reflect a funny view of other world leaders, one that seems too childlike (in a good ways and in bad) for a former president.
I just can’t see Jeb Bush becoming president while his brother paints pictures of Putin. Can you?