W. Steals the Show

• May 31, 2012 • Uncategorized

There were no deer in the headlights moments this time around for George W. Bush when he returned to the White House for the unveiling of his official portrait in the grand foyer to the Executive Mansion.

Looking tan, rested, and ready for another term, it appears that the years out of the spotlight have done W. good, as he stole the show from the considerably more staid and formal Obama. Bush traded barbs with Obama and the audience as his portrait was unveiled:

‘‘Thank you so much for inviting our rowdy friends to my hanging,’’ the former president said, referring to members of his family and former staff, invited back to the executive mansion for the unveiling of his and Laura Bush’s official portraits. ‘‘Behave yourselves,’’ he jokingly admonished his crowd.

Bush told the current president he was pleased to know ‘‘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?’’’

Free from the stress of the presidency and after three years spent largely out of the spotlight, a relaxed and jovial Bush came back with his father, former President George H.W. Bush, for a rare gathering of three commanders in chief. Former first lady Barbara Bush was there, too, as were George W. and Laura’s daughters, Jenna and Barbara.

It reminds you of those billboards that popped up in 2008:

Bush Billboard

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