Now Dubya has declared that he would like to explore what he calls “dark thematicals” that depict what many consider the lowest point of his presidency, the war in Iraq.
In a recent exit interview with the former director of Bush’s public policy institute, James K. Glassman, Bush said that he was “surprised like a pheasant” when his “artworks went virus on the Internet,” but also hinted that he has more serious artistic ambitions.
“The dogs and cats were just things I did for practice. I’d like to use my paintbrush to express the pain and sorrowings that happen when you’re president,” Bush told Glassman.
The president candidly admitted that he sometimes feels “guilty” and “thinks really, really hard” about having “allowed the war in Iraq to happen to me and the American citizenry.”
“But not only that,” Bush added, “I think I feel the most sorry for the suffering of the people in Iraq. You know, the women and the kiddos all not knowing what to do after war.”
Bush said that he has been looking through old photos in preparation for a new series of “action still lifes” that depict the war with Iraq from the decision to go to war on September 10, 2001 until its aftermath today.
“I call them ‘action still lifes’ because there’s action, you know, but it’s a painting. It doesn’t move. So, all painting should be called still life.”
Although he has yet to complete any of the paintings, Bush said he plans to title the completed series “No Blood for Oil(paints)” after the popular anti-war slogan used during his presidency.
“I think it shows that I don’t take myself too seriously,” Bush grinned. “Plus I think the parentheses look cool. I like parentheses, because they’re like, ‘Hey, this word isn’t over yet. I got something to say.”