Many didn't like him but frankly I think he was OK...Sure..he was a dry drunk but so are many American leaders. Nixon was too. No question about it....both were above par in foreign relations.
Obama is shite! Kissinger said Obama would "need deep guidance on any issues of significance (foreign policy and procedure)''
A President may not and cannot rely on the Secretary of State!!!!
Last edited by cgymike; April 5th, 2014 at 01:40 AM.
Well those are embarrassing.
He can certainly paint better than I ever could, at best he is an amateur painter just as he was an amateur President, a sophomoric person who got to where he was at by virtue of his last name, sadly this is common in America.
It should not be overlooked that for many people dealing with their personal demons (a recovering alcoholic in this case) painting is therapeutic...with Winston Churchill coping with his chronic depression by painting, and writing....George W. has clearly expressed his impression of various world leaders through portraits that speak to his face, to face experiences......personal impressions are just that...not masterpieces calculated to attract praise for their artistic merit.
I hold our nation to a higher standard than others, in school we heard countless stories of how the little guy could succeed if he would just try. I still believe in that, success though is a term that changes with the person. To me success means that I am content with simple life style, I don't care about being wealthy or having a "Mc Mansion", I love living in my paid for mobile home and owing no man nothing.
To others success means money and power, kind of sad, if you ask me, those that have these things are so afraid of losing their hold on them that they have tried to put a low ceiling on how far those who were born into a meager existence can go.
It is tragic that we see "leaders" in all nations pop up by virtue of heritage rather than ability, sham is indeed a good word for politics in our nation.
Few of the members who sit in the House of Lords are actually hereditary peers, most are appointed as life peers the result of their services to the community, or as former members of the House of Commons who bring the wealth of their experience to bear without being unduly restricted by political allegiances....
Effective political power in the United Kingdom is a matter for the House of Commons where all members are elected by the people....which is why Winston Churchill refused the offer of a earldom, fearing he would lose real influence having to vacate The Commons.
Last edited by kallipolis; April 5th, 2014 at 06:10 AM.
If W wants to live out his days painting that's fine by me. I actually like his animal portraits.
Politics aside, I think he chooses his background colours well to contrast with the subject in the portraits. If I didn't know he was the POTUS at one time, then, as a painter, I think though there is a child like charm to them, he does actually capture some essence of the subject he's painting. Who else have met so many leaders and painted their portraits? That would be very few on this planet of so many billions of folks. Overall, I think it's a winner this painting as a hobby business.
legal gangastas ans con folkys etc so on thereepy excericses
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Like his 8 years of president he has no taste for art.
I am loathed to give the man a compliment but I do have to admit that I like his paintings.
There are some people like Emily Dickinson who nurture their genius in private because they actually care about their art.
I would contrast her with Mr. Bush who seems in a rush to publicize his little hobby. Perhaps he's lost any reasonable kind of judgement, being used to flattery and privilege.
These amateurish efforts ought to have been pursued as a strictly private affair. Without the oddity of their origin, they wouldn't find much welcome outside the walls of a shabby coffee shop.
He who has never envied the vegetable has missed the human drama. --Emil Cioran
is nose a new area a art thang
GWB's paintings: Google images as art:
I guess he did learn to use The Google. And Wikipedia.George Bush's paintings bear uncanny resemblance ... to Google images
Art critics point out that 30 portraits of world leaders appear to have been based on photos thrown up by search engine
Rather than have his subjects sit for him or use printed photographs, Bush seems to have based his portraits on the first picture thrown up by the search engine.
That George W. has refreshed his memory, with Google sourced images of the world leaders does not change the fact that the portraits he has exhibited are his workmanship......
Using a photograph of my late partner I commissioned a local artist to paint his portrait ...the result impressed me...
^the brush is mightier than the sword
maye he a job parkins metar folk ans pants locals wildlife ans save world
Some of them aren't all that bad. The one of John Howard makes him look like he's got his cheeks filled with acorns for the winter though
Honestly, I can't paint for shit, and these are better than I could produce. There's a certain something about them. I don't know what it is.
Not good by any standards I adhere to, but better then I expected, and way better then I would ever do...