Classy and Dignified!
The Official Portraits of Former President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush were officially unveiled in a ceremony on Thursday, June 1, at the White House hosted by the current occupiers.
Administration officials Karl Rove, Colin Powell, Alberto Gonzales, and Donald Rumsfield as well as the Bush’s extended family former staff and media were in attendance. Amid loud clapping, President Bush joked, “Thanks so much for inviting our rowdy friends to my hanging.”
The current president showed his normal crassness and couldn’t leave partisanship aside for even an hour. Heaven forbid that Obama be upstaged by a former president who is everything he is not. Obama isn’t fit to shine his shoes. His introduction of his predecessor stopped short of outwardly using his well honed Alinsky brush that blames Bush. Yet according to the Blaze, Obama still had to snipe and gave President Bush and his guests an “earful”.
President Obama on Thursday twisted the knife he‘d stuck in his predecessor’s legacy, reminding former President George W. Bush that he left the economy a mess and al Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden alive when he left the White House three years ago.
“The months before I took the oath of office were a chaotic time,” Obama told a crowd of mostly former Bush administration officials and members of the Bush family, including Bush’s parents, former President George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush.[...]
“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,” Obama continued, raising some eyebrows among the Bush crowd seated just a few feet away.”
Disgraceful. Obama is just a campaigner and a huge embarrassment, nothing more. The past is the past and Obama and his administration now have a four-year record of failures that cannot be attributed to the Bush administration. Obama is an abject failure, and the ineptness of those who contributed to his policies, are now to be blamed. They held the reins and it is their decisions that helped shape his lackluster legacy.
If Obama completes the presidency they need not waste a penny of taxpayer’s money on having him pose for a portrait. An artist could easily just paint an empty suit hanging from a chair with some Christmas balls with Mao’s face on them in the background, and Das Kapital resting on a table.
It is unfortunate that the official portraits of the Bushes couldn’t be unveiled next year when a Republican president will once again bring class, honor and integrity to the White House.
In his remarks, President Bush thanked the artist, John Howard Sanden. He said he asked that he be posed in front of a painting that was in the Oval Office for eight years and was one of his favorites, “A Charge to Keep”, by William H. D. Koerner.
Laura Bush’s portrait shows her standing in the Green Room wearing a demure midnight-blue gown. She exudes warmth, dignity, and Southern charm. (This photo is from a screen print of the video.).
President Bush said he was pleased to see that his portrait would hang so close to his father’s portrait. He also noticed that the portraits hanging in the hall began with the first president named George, and they would be ending with another George. He talked about the tough decisions that president’s ponder and said now Obama could stand in front of the portrait and ask, “What would George do!” Great laughter accompanied his statement. He went on to introduce Laura as his favorite First Lady and then looked at his mother a little sheepishly, and said, it could be a tie as to who was his favorite.
The short video of the ceremony shows a vivid contrast to the current occupiers. The Bushes exude genuine gratitude, appreciation, humility, and class; qualities that have been sorely missing since they left the White House. They thanked the household staff that made the White House their home for eight years, and their appreciation and joy could be felt by all. Laura ended her short speech by saying, “This House Belongs to Those Who Will Never Have A Portrait Here.”
The Bushes graced the White House and dignified the presidency.
Yes, Mr. President, you both ARE missed!
The video of the event can be viewed here.