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'There's a Rembrandt trapped in this body': George W. Bush presents Jay Leno...
The Daily Mail ^ | 11-20-13 | Snejana Faberov

Posted on 11/20/2013 5:27:49 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic

Full Title: 'There's a Rembrandt trapped in this body': George W. Bush presents Jay Leno with the comic's life-like portrait while appearing on The Tonight Show to talk about his life after presidency

Former President George W. Bush returned to The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Tuesday night to talk about his life away from the spotlight and bid farewell to his favorite late-night host.

Looking trim in a grey suit and red polka-dot die, a beaming Mr Bush, 67, told Mr Leno, who is being replaced by Jimmy Fallon in February, that he wanted to see him before he heads 'out to pasture.’

Since leaving office in 2009, Mr Bush has kept a low profile and has been reluctant to publicly discuss the policies of his successor, President Barack Obama.

During Tuesday’s interview on The Tonight Show, Mr Bush reiterated his position, saying that it is not good for the country when a former president criticizes the decisions of his successor.

However, the Republican could not pass up on the opportunity to get in a gentle jab at Mr Obama, a Democrat.

When Mr Leno pointed out that nowadays, late-night comedians are busy making fun of the embattled president, Bush said with a chuckle: ‘Better him than me.’

The 43rd president of the United States went on to explain that he does not miss being at the helm of the nation, adding that ‘eight years is plenty.’

Video and many pictures at link:

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: georgewbush; jayleno; laurabush; tonightshow
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Work of art: The amateur artist succeeded in capturing the comedian's prominent chin, wry smile and his signature lock of grey hair

1 posted on 11/20/2013 5:27:50 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

More like Don Martin, the artist from Mad Magazine.


2 posted on 11/20/2013 5:31:00 AM PST by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I’m impressed. Who knew?


3 posted on 11/20/2013 5:31:21 AM PST by MestaMachine (My caps work. You gotta earn them.)
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To: MestaMachine

Better than anything I could produce!


4 posted on 11/20/2013 5:32:59 AM PST by refermech
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Not bad, GWB, not bad at all! Most “artists” would not get that likeness.


5 posted on 11/20/2013 5:36:03 AM PST by Thorliveshere (Minnesota Survivor)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Nice work, actually. A whole lot better than I could ever do.


6 posted on 11/20/2013 5:36:59 AM PST by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

If George Bush is being rehabilitated, its the Democrats worst political nightmare.


7 posted on 11/20/2013 5:42:50 AM PST by allendale
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To: miss marmelstein
There was a story a few months ago about Bush's painting hobby, and the paintings shown were of his pet dog and of his ranch. Like the Leno painting, they were not great art but were certainly passable, not embarrassing, better than most people - including Obama - could probably do. I saw a clip of one of the morning news shows - I forget which - talking about it, and - of course - they were using it to make jabs at Bush.

You mention Mad magazine, and I think that's a good analogy - Bush's painting is relatively good illustrative art, like you'd see in a magazine or commercial art.
8 posted on 11/20/2013 5:49:29 AM PST by Steve_Seattle
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Mr Bush reiterated his position, saying that it is not good for the country when a former president criticizes the decisions of his successor.

Why does this wise comment seem to apply only to Republican former Presidents?

9 posted on 11/20/2013 5:50:45 AM PST by Michael.SF. (I never thought anyone could make Jimmy Carter look good in comparison.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Jay Leno seems to have done quite well in life with his prominent chin. Why in the world would John Kerry have had his prominent chin restructured so that now he looks like the total failure that he really is?

Just asking.


10 posted on 11/20/2013 5:55:43 AM PST by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I saw the program. Reminded me that at one time we had a President that got up early every day and worked hard for ALL Americans.


11 posted on 11/20/2013 6:00:08 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Liberty Valance

ain’t that the truth.


12 posted on 11/20/2013 6:03:07 AM PST by Farnsworth (Now playing in America: "Stupid is the new normal")
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To: Liberty Valance

But, But, But, now we have a president that sings in the bathroom all the time. (the Wookie, on BET)


13 posted on 11/20/2013 6:15:05 AM PST by mistfree (Their & There, they're not the same)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Jay Leno was genuinely touched by the portrait. Leno and GWB seem to share a friendly relationship and they work together supporting injured veterans. The segment last night was not only funny, it was also heartwarming. Laura Bush was her usual poised and lovely self.


14 posted on 11/20/2013 6:16:35 AM PST by NautiNurse (Obama sends U.S. Marines to pick up his dog & basketballs. Benghazi? Nope.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Whatever your feelings towards the former president are, he has one thing going for him the current president will never have and that is GWB is a lover of this Nation and he has class.


15 posted on 11/20/2013 6:19:20 AM PST by billyboy15
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To: billyboy15; onyx

I still love W and am happy to see him content & classy in his retirement.


16 posted on 11/20/2013 6:22:01 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Michael.SF.
"Why does this wise comment seem to apply only to Republican former Presidents?"

Because it's hard to be a wise former president when you weren't a particularly wise president. Not that W was the wisest man ever but he loves his country and its traditions and freedom.

17 posted on 11/20/2013 6:24:14 AM PST by hometoroost
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To: Steve_Seattle

I think that the highlights and shadows are better than good. I’d hang that picture on my wall with pride.


18 posted on 11/20/2013 6:25:25 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Liberty Valance

Whatever President Bush’s policy shortcomings, there was never any question about his deep love of his country.


19 posted on 11/20/2013 6:29:04 AM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: afraidfortherepublic

W-embrandt?


20 posted on 11/20/2013 6:29:11 AM PST by nonsporting
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To: afraidfortherepublic

The Leno painting is the best of the Bush paintings I’ve seen so far. It captures Leno pretty well. Any painting by a former president becomes a collector’s item, and - of course - I wouldn’t mind having one, either.


21 posted on 11/20/2013 6:33:30 AM PST by Steve_Seattle
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To: nonsporting

LOLOLOLOL! W would like that. It would tickle his funny bone.


22 posted on 11/20/2013 6:35:47 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: billyboy15

“Whatever your feelings towards the former president are, he has one thing going for him the current president will never have and that is GWB is a lover of this Nation and he has class.”.....

Actually that’s two things and I am certain there are hundreds if not thousands more.


23 posted on 11/20/2013 6:37:05 AM PST by DaveA37
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To: Steve_Seattle

Agreed. But there is something special about the Leno portrait. It’s a caricature embellished. And it’s a happy painting.

W is following in the footsteps of Eisenhower, and that’s not bad either. Better than running around making trouble like Carter and Clinton.


24 posted on 11/20/2013 6:38:50 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Of course, when “The Won” visits, he’ll give Jay an iPod with all his speeches...


25 posted on 11/20/2013 6:43:43 AM PST by Rebel_Ace (Tags?!? Tags?!? We don' neeeed no stinkin' Tags!)
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To: Rebel_Ace

LOLOLOL! And probably in a format that cannot be played.


26 posted on 11/20/2013 6:45:28 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: nonsporting
W-embrandt?

"It's pronounced Wem-bwant."

27 posted on 11/20/2013 6:54:37 AM PST by OB1kNOb (If govmt is stockpiling guns, ammo, food, & meds, don't you think it's a good idea to do the same?)
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To: Steve_Seattle

He is painting! That is important and looks as if he has lost the fear of the paint, which causes most people to give up painting.

Keep at it Mr President!


28 posted on 11/20/2013 7:16:35 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

If bronco could paint like that, the MSM would be marveling at the head gangster’s magical powers.


29 posted on 11/20/2013 7:26:16 AM PST by logitech (It is time.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
I stayed up to watch the show, only because President Bush was Leno's guest.



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30 posted on 11/20/2013 7:26:56 AM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I think his painting is A-1 marvelous!
Leno received a treasure, which I hope he truly treasures!


31 posted on 11/20/2013 7:30:11 AM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Dubya was great last night. Leno tried to bait him a couple times but he wouldn’t take it. His class is in such contrast to ‘The Won’. Dubya zinged Leno a couple of times in good humor. Laura was, as usual a beautiful lady and loving companion. It was a pleasure to watch how happy they are together in their good works after eight years in the White House. The crowd was great too.


32 posted on 11/20/2013 7:39:21 AM PST by shove_it (old Old Guardsman 1962-63)
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To: Steve_Seattle

I occasionally dip into Mad and it’s sad to see how badly the artwork has fallen. The 60s and 70s had the best artists. Mort Drucker & Don Martin. Wow!


33 posted on 11/20/2013 7:43:14 AM PST by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
I still love W and am happy to see him content & classy in his retirement.

Absolutely. Pure delight to see President Bush!
One thing for certain and plain to see, the man loves his country.

34 posted on 11/20/2013 7:56:49 AM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Obama will surely follow up by appearing on Leno to give him a portrait of himself and signed by himself (in proxy).


35 posted on 11/20/2013 8:06:22 AM PST by unlearner (You will never come to know that which you do not know until you first know that you do not know it.)
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To: hometoroost
President Bush's elitist detractors believe that anyone not of urban, east coast blue blood, liberal education is just a toothless bumpkin.

They hate W, because he represents mid-westerner heartland values. The moment he was elected, they berated his Texas accent, customs and manners. Oh yes, don't forget the eurotrash piling on too. They were always horrified that we didn't follow their feudal caste system.

The mid-west still holds the values that make our country great. If you have some spare time, drive through Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, the Dakotas and the other states in the region and rediscover friendly honest people.

We, as a country, would do well looking for our next leaders from that region.

36 posted on 11/20/2013 8:08:03 AM PST by pfflier
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To: afraidfortherepublic

GWB has a GOOD and HONEST heart and although I disagreed with much of what he did I never for a moment doubted his sincerity, love of country and that he really BELIEVED in what he was doing and that it was good for the nation.


37 posted on 11/20/2013 8:09:58 AM PST by billyboy15
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To: miss marmelstein

Once in a while I see mad in the magazine section at my local store and take a look. I’d say the art is about the same as before, but it has become very one-sided politically, with a lot of crude, unfunny stuff about Palin and conservatives in general. One thing I DID find amusing was a story they did about cover art that they never used. One was titled “We support the right of gays to marry,” coupled with a drawing of David Hyde Pierce (Niles, from the old “Frasier” show), who is gay in real life, and Ellen DeGeneres, standing together at the altar.


38 posted on 11/20/2013 8:51:42 AM PST by Steve_Seattle
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To: afraidfortherepublic
When GWB showed Leno this pix of Barney, Leno quipped, "That's really good work, I can't even see where you went outside of the lines."


39 posted on 11/20/2013 10:25:11 AM PST by USS Alaska (If I could...I would.)
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To: Steve_Seattle

Mad has always been left-wing. The art has degenerated.


40 posted on 11/20/2013 5:45:48 PM PST by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: miss marmelstein
"Mad has always been left-wing. The art has degenerated."

When I read Mad as a kid, it was several years before I developed any real awareness of left and right politics, so I probably just didn't notice.
41 posted on 11/20/2013 8:54:17 PM PST by Steve_Seattle
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To: Steve_Seattle

My mother always called it a “commie rag” but always allowed us to have it because it was so brilliant. Certainly had no effect on our politics, lol! I think the death of Bill Gaines really hurt the mag.


42 posted on 11/21/2013 4:31:07 AM PST by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: miss marmelstein

When I was in about the seventh or eight grade, our teacher was an old Irish nun who said one day, “And you shouldn’t be reading that magazine called ‘The Mad.’” A student pointed out that the name was “Mad,” not “The Mad,” to which she replied in her brogue, “That’s right: it’s mad - mad from hell!”


43 posted on 11/21/2013 8:40:34 AM PST by Steve_Seattle
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To: Steve_Seattle

Happily, my nuns were completely ignorant of Mad. Thank God my highly conservative parents broke down over that great rag. I still remember having an Alfred E Newman bobble-head doll stuck to the rear window of our car.


44 posted on 11/21/2013 3:01:35 PM PST by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: OB1kNOb
It's pronounced "Wem-bwant."

That's too funny. I wuv that episode.

45 posted on 11/21/2013 6:59:14 PM PST by nonsporting
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To: Michael.SF.

>> Why does this wise comment seem to apply only to Republican former Presidents?

Because degenerates are not wise.


46 posted on 11/21/2013 7:01:47 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: hometoroost

Yes, that is pretty wise to love this country so much and thankful you can gather up all the toys you can before leaving this wonderful country. To share your toys with your neighbors would be considered a crime against the rest of the world leaders beliefs. I’m sure Jay will treasure that hidden Rembrandt for the rest of his life. I believe also it does leave others wondering how Obama will leave his own legacy? Surely not as a van Gogh!

vanrijngo


47 posted on 11/28/2013 9:10:39 AM PST by vanrijngo
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To: afraidfortherepublic

For those who missed it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMJv4e3TAq0

Start 3:18

I could never understand why some many made fun of George’s looks. I always thought he was a handsome man- and at 67 he looks great!

As for Leno being replaced by Fallon, that’s a travesty.
I like him far better than Carson.
Carson was a mean spirited a hole. Leno is a decent man- and very talented. I hope he gets picked up by another network and beats the cr*p out of Fallon!


48 posted on 01/25/2014 7:24:06 AM PST by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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To: vanrijngo

“Obama will leave his own legacy? Surely not as a van Gogh!”

That’s gonna take a lot of work cutting off one of them Dumbo ears.


49 posted on 01/25/2014 7:37:34 AM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (This is not just stupid, we're talking Democrat stupid here.)
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To: onyx

That was great, I love Bush’s sense of humor and laughed out loud at his replies........”Duh!” LOL!


50 posted on 01/25/2014 7:49:58 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (Miss Muffit suffered from arachnophobia.....)
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