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Caption Bush's at WH unveiling of portraits

Posted on 05/31/2012 2:29:21 PM PDT by Lucky9teen

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) is pictured alongside former U.S. President George W. Bush, former first lady Laura Bush and first lady Michelle Obama after the Bush's official White House portraits were unveiled during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington May 31, 2012.


PRESIDENT BUSH:  Thank you, sit down.  Sit down.  Behave yourselves.  (Laughter.)  Mr. President, thank you for your warm hospitality.  Madam First Lady, thank you so much for inviting our rowdy friends — (laughter) — to my hanging.  (Laughter.)

Laura and I are honored to be here.  Mr. Vice President, thank you for coming.  We are overwhelmed by your hospitality.  And thank you for feeding the Bush family, all 14 members of us who are here.  (Laughter.)  I want to thank our girls for coming.  I thank Mom and Dad, brother, sister, in-laws, aunts and uncles.  I appreciate you taking your time.  I know you’re as excited as Laura and me to be able to come back here, and particularly thank the people who helped make this house a home for us for eight years, the White House staff.

I want to thank Fred Ryan and the White House Historical Association and Bill Allman, the White House curator.  I am pleased that my portrait brings an interesting symmetry to the White House collection.  It now starts and ends with a George W.  (Laughter and applause.)

When the British burned the White House, as Fred mentioned, in 1814, Dolley Madison famously saved this portrait of the first George W.  (Laughter.)  Now, Michelle, if anything happens there’s your man.  (Laughter and applause.)  I am also pleased, Mr. President, that when you are wandering these halls as you wrestle with tough decisions, you will now be able to gaze at this portrait and ask, what would George do?  (Laughter.)

I am honored to be hanging near a man who gave me the greatest gift possible, unconditional love — and that would be number 41.  (Applause.)  I want to thank John Howard Sanden for agreeing to use his considerable talents to paint my likeness.  You’ve done a fine job with a challenging subject.  (Laughter.)

In the portrait, there’s a painting by W.H.D. Koerner called, “A Charge to Keep.”  It hung in the Oval Office for eight years of my presidency.  I asked John to include it, because it reminds me of the wonderful people with whom I was privileged to serve.  Whether they served in the Cabinet or on the presidential staff, these men and women — many of whom are here — worked hard and served with honor.  We had a charge to keep and we kept the charge.

It is my privilege to introduce the greatest First Lady ever — sorry, Mom.  (Laughter.)  Would you agree to a tie?  (Laughter.)  A woman who brought such grace and dignity and love in this house.  (Applause.)

MRS. BUSH:  Thank you all.  (Applause.)  Thank you, everybody.  Thank you very much.  Thank you, darling.

Thank you, President and Mrs. Obama.  Thank you for your kindness and your consideration today.  It was really gracious of you to invite us back to the White House to hang a few family pictures.  (Laughter.)  And I’m sure you know nothing makes a house a home like having portraits of its former occupants staring down at you from the walls.  (Laughter.)

This is not the first time I’ve had the opportunity to confront an artistic likeness of myself.  A few years ago, just after the 2008 election, a friend sent me something he’d found in the gift shop of the National Constitutional Center in Philadelphia.  It was a Laura Bush bobblehead doll.  (Laughter.)  He said he found it on the clearance shelf.  (Laughter.)

But I’m flattered and grateful to know that this particular work has a permanent home.  And thanks to the masterful talent of John Howard Sanden, I like it a whole lot better than I do that bobblehead doll.  (Laughter.)

Thank you very much, John Howard Sanden — you’re terrific to work with.  And thanks to Elizabeth and your family who have joined you today.  Thank you very, very much, John.  (Applause.)

And, of course, it’s meaningful to me as a private person to know that these portraits will be on view at the White House, that my portrait will hang just down the hall from my mother-in-law, and that George’s portrait will hang very close to his dad’s.  But what’s more meaningful is it’s meaningful to me as a citizen.  This was our family’s home for eight years.  It was our home, but it wasn’t our house.  This house belongs to the people whose portraits will never hang here, the ordinary and not-so-ordinary people whose lives inspired us and whose expectations guided us during the years that we lived here.

In this room are many of the people who stood by us as we faced the tragedy of September 11th, and who worked with us in the years after.  Thanks to each and every one of you for your service to our country.  (Applause.)

I hope others will see in this portrait what I see:  a woman who was honored and humbled to live in the White House during a period of great challenge, and who will never forget the countless American faces who make up the true portrait of that time.

Thank you all very much.  Thanks so much.  And thank you, Michelle, if you want to come up.  (Applause.)


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1 posted on 05/31/2012 2:29:28 PM PDT by Lucky9teen
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To: absolootezer0; AmericanMade1776; andy58-in-nh; AngelesCrestHighway; AngryCapitalist; AppyPappy; ...
CAPTION PING

2 posted on 05/31/2012 2:30:30 PM PDT by Lucky9teen (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading.~Thomas Jeffer)
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To: Lucky9teen

"His fault!"

3 posted on 05/31/2012 2:32:44 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Lucky9teen; a fool in paradise

Who painted those, Thomas Kinkade, or R.Crumb?

And I wanna know what they’ll do once they run out of room in the WH to hang these bad portraits of bad former ex-presidents?


4 posted on 05/31/2012 2:34:45 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Lucky9teen

I don’t think it looks anything like him.


5 posted on 05/31/2012 2:34:52 PM PDT by DManA
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To: Lucky9teen
I would put money down and bet Michelle's portrait will have a lot more bling bling than what is considered tasteful.
6 posted on 05/31/2012 2:42:15 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: dead

Bush: "Kiss me, you homo, and I'll deck you right here."
7 posted on 05/31/2012 2:42:40 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Lucky9teen
Madam First Lady, thank you so much for inviting our rowdy friends — (laughter) — to my hanging. (Laughter.)

I sure do miss a sense of humor in the White House.

8 posted on 05/31/2012 2:44:36 PM PDT by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: Lucky9teen

Those portraits (especially of W) are U-G-L-Y.


9 posted on 05/31/2012 2:45:24 PM PDT by upchuck (Need is not an acceptable lifestyle choice; dependent is not a career. ~ Dr. Tim Nerenz)
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To: Lucky9teen

Barry’s backhanded compliment:

“That’s certainly been true of President Bush. The months before I took the oath of office were a chaotic time. We knew our economy was in trouble, our fellow Americans were in pain, but we wouldn’t know until later just how breathtaking the financial crisis had been. And still, over those two and a half months — in the midst of that crisis — President Bush, his Cabinet, his staff, many of you who are here today, went out of your ways — George, you went out of your way — to make sure that the transition to a new administration was as seamless as possible.”


10 posted on 05/31/2012 2:45:38 PM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: Sir Napsalot

probably bling on her boob belt, too


11 posted on 05/31/2012 2:45:49 PM PDT by RummyChick
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To: Revolting cat!

Bush: You're gonna wish your portrait is there....but it's gonna be hanging in sheriff's offices all over the country for MOST WANTED TERRORIST!
12 posted on 05/31/2012 2:46:27 PM PDT by Lucky9teen (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading.~Thomas Jeffer)
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To: BenLurkin

13 posted on 05/31/2012 2:48:03 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: upchuck

They look like they were done with Paint by Numbers.


14 posted on 05/31/2012 2:48:24 PM PDT by cll (I am the warrant and the sanction)
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To: Lucky9teen

Laura Bush: "Will somebody please get this walking carpet out of my way?"

15 posted on 05/31/2012 2:49:48 PM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: Lucky9teen

Why was laura painted in that ugly black gown? Ug


16 posted on 05/31/2012 2:50:42 PM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: Revolting cat!

John Howard Sanden painted them. He is considered the dean of American portrait artists. I like his work, though I agree that it’s not innovative, and I too might have chosen someone else. We do have so many extraordinarily gifted portrait painters in this country, the best of them meeting in Philadelphia this week. Who would you have preferred to paint them?

P.S.: It’s very hard to judge the quality of an oil painting from a photo like this, since you can’t see the layers of transparent glazes that go into creating a realistic skin tone.


17 posted on 05/31/2012 2:50:49 PM PDT by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare)
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To: Lucky9teen
Photobucket "I'm serious, there's prayer rugs and a camel in the Lincoln bedroom. Go have a look for yourself"
18 posted on 05/31/2012 2:51:16 PM PDT by barmag25
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To: Lucky9teen

19 posted on 05/31/2012 2:52:03 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Lucky9teen

Obama is garbage compared to Bush.


20 posted on 05/31/2012 2:53:40 PM PDT by coon2000 (Give me Liberty or give me death!)
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To: Revolting cat!

I think Kinkade croaked.


21 posted on 05/31/2012 2:54:22 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: Revolting cat!

22 posted on 05/31/2012 2:55:22 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Lucky9teen
The Obamao portrait is already done:


23 posted on 05/31/2012 2:57:17 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Lucky9teen

I got your nose.


24 posted on 05/31/2012 2:58:12 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (ABO 2012)
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To: BerryDingle

Lauras pic is beautiful! stunn ing


25 posted on 05/31/2012 2:59:05 PM PDT by GoCards (I am a Hobbit)
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To: Revolting cat!

Mmmmmmm.....

He looked so

gay


26 posted on 05/31/2012 2:59:55 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Lucky9teen

>>>> U.S. President Barack Obama (L)

I see what you did there,

L as Lame


27 posted on 05/31/2012 3:03:19 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: BerryDingle

“So I say, Ulysses, haven’t you had enough?, and he says, “Abe, it’s happy hour. 2 for 1 bourbons.”

“That’s when he fell off the chair, knocked the candle over and yadda yadda yadda, Richmond burned to the ground.”


28 posted on 05/31/2012 3:04:56 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (ABO 2012)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

“So I say, Ulysses, haven’t you had enough?, and he says, “Abe, it’s happy hour. 2 for 1 bourbons.”

“That’s when he fell off the chair, knocked the candle over and yadda yadda yadda, Richmond burned to the ground.”

Ford: Been there, done that.


29 posted on 05/31/2012 3:06:02 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (ABO 2012)
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To: BenLurkin

W should have snapped him in half right there.

I miss you, W.


30 posted on 05/31/2012 3:08:05 PM PDT by txhurl (AB would vote for Scott Walker.)
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To: Lucky9teen

W’s remarks were classy and self-deprecating. What a gentleman, and shat a wonderful lady for his wife.


31 posted on 05/31/2012 3:13:59 PM PDT by MortMan (Americans are a people increasingly separated by our connectivity.)
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To: Lucky9teen

The Bushes are a class act....I miss them both.


32 posted on 05/31/2012 3:14:05 PM PDT by Churchillspirit (9/11/2001. NEVER FORGET.)
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To: dead

America’s Most Dangerous Muslim Terrorist with America’s Greatest Recent Former President!


33 posted on 05/31/2012 3:17:08 PM PDT by True Republican Patriot (May GOD SAVE OUR AMERICA from ALLAH and his Prophet, HUSSEIN OBAMA!!)
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To: Lucky9teen; mickie; flaglady47; oswegodeee; seenenuf
Too bad Red Skelton isn't around to do Obama's portrait in his (Red's) well-known genre....if you get my drift.

Leni

34 posted on 05/31/2012 3:24:51 PM PDT by MinuteGal (OMG !!!.....Obama Must Go !!!)
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To: Lucky9teen

My thoughts exactly, and yes is the answer.


35 posted on 05/31/2012 3:29:20 PM PDT by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: Lucky9teen

“Holding both your palms just below the stomach can mean that the person either is trying to de-stress himself or is in a position where he has to take orders from someone.”

Those are some very interesting observations. I’ve always wanted to know more about that subject. Do you have any books or websites you could recommend?


36 posted on 05/31/2012 3:36:14 PM PDT by PetroniusMaximus
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To: PetroniusMaximus

Not off hand. I just Googled “body language”.


37 posted on 05/31/2012 4:13:47 PM PDT by Lucky9teen (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading.~Thomas Jeffer)
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To: Lucky9teen

I TOLD you he was a moron...


38 posted on 05/31/2012 4:20:27 PM PDT by ex91B10 (We've tried the Soap Box,the Ballot Box and the Jury Box; one box left.)
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To: Lucky9teen


Laura: Outa my way you lyin Kenyan. Blaming my husband for all of your crap. I oughta knock you on your ass.

George: Easy Laura.
39 posted on 05/31/2012 4:28:27 PM PDT by crosshairs
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To: crosshairs

I was thinking pretty much the same thing, by all the looks on their faces. It fits perfectly IMO.


40 posted on 05/31/2012 4:51:22 PM PDT by Lucky9teen (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading.~Thomas Jeffer)
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To: Lucky9teen

bkmk


41 posted on 05/31/2012 5:12:00 PM PDT by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: haircutter
It takes tremendous talent to create oil portraits and these are both beautiful..

as for the Obama’s they are both tacky, tasteless, classless, and I pray soon homeless as we move them out in Jan. 2013
they have both destroyed the office that they hold..damn michelle can't ever wear clothes that cover her arms that she is always sporting sleeveless. really looking forward to her portrait in four years...and I'm sure the Romney's will be respectful of them and not insulting as Hussein always is.

FIVE MORE MONTHS...FIVE MORE MONTHS...YEA BABY

42 posted on 05/31/2012 5:23:07 PM PDT by haircutter
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To: cll

Thank you. Picture perfect description (no pun intended :).


43 posted on 05/31/2012 5:37:25 PM PDT by upchuck (Need is not an acceptable lifestyle choice; dependent is not a career. ~ Dr. Tim Nerenz)
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To: Disambiguator

Interesting look of pure mischief on GW’s face. Lots of opportunities for those wanting to add fun captions.


44 posted on 05/31/2012 5:42:38 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: crosshairs

That’s actually a pretty intense photo.

Notice zero leaning in and W having to wedge, Michelle no longer a hostess, a confused bystander.

I think it captures a lot. And it should: in two hundred years, Americans will be analyzing these events.


45 posted on 05/31/2012 5:45:23 PM PDT by txhurl (AB would vote for Scott Walker.)
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To: Lucky9teen

W: “...then I found out that if I wiggle Laura’s nose like this, she thumps the floor with her left foot...”


46 posted on 05/31/2012 6:06:57 PM PDT by redhead (Libs can't win without cheating--Conservatives don't have to cheat to win)
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To: redhead

ROFL!


47 posted on 05/31/2012 6:10:44 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Lucky9teen

LOL!


48 posted on 06/01/2012 5:02:35 AM PDT by theDentist (FYBO/FUBO; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: txhurl
I think this picture says a lot:

The way Bush is kind of leaning toward Obama, but not seeming to want to. And Laura is grasping Bush's arm in a strange way, as if to say, don't leave my side. The Bush's look uncomfortable being with those two traitors, IMO. This photo just reeks of awkwardness.
49 posted on 06/01/2012 6:13:12 AM PDT by Lucky9teen (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading.~Thomas Jeffer)
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To: Lucky9teen
I don't think I like their portraits very much. Maybe I just need to see them closer up but they don't look like a very good likeness of either one. George's expression looks strange.
50 posted on 06/01/2012 6:19:02 AM PDT by Ditter
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