George W. Bush: Still Bizarre After All These Years

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It’s good to know, thanks to an interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, that George W. Bush hasn’t changed a bit since leaving office.

In fact, he might have fallen even further behind in his ongoing struggle with verbal skills.

For example, in explaining his new pastime, which is oil painting:

You know what the interesting lesson is though, that you can keep learning in life. I mean, some guy one time said to me, “Man, you deserve to rest.” And I don’t wanna rest. I wanna live life to the — I wanna follow the example of President 41 and, you know, sprint into the grave.

As most of us (but maybe not his son) know, President 41, aka George H.W. Bush, has not yet set the example of sprinting into the grave because despite being hospitalized earlier this year, he is still kicking. But we’re sure that when he does go, it will be in track shoes and running shorts.

The former president also showed his trademark humility, and that he still uses words, the meaning of which he has absolutely no idea.

He’s also particularly proud of one of his self-portraits, which leaked online earlier this year when someone hacked a relative’s e-mail account. That painting shows his own toes poking out of a bathtub, with the water running.

“By the way, that’s not that easy to paint, water hitting water just so, you know, and the perspective… It’s a beauty, isn’t it?” he said. “It may reflect my precocious nature, me painting myself in a bathtub,” he added half-seriously, playing art critic.

Since the word, “precocious” means, “exceptionally early in development or occurrence (precocious puberty), or, exhibiting mature qualities at an unusually early age (a precocious child),” we’re flummoxed as to how painting yourself reclining in a bathtub indicates a precocious nature, or if you can even have a nature that is precocious. We also have no clue what word W. might have been going for.

The National Memo published a great rebuttal to a piece by Jennifer Rubin about the skyrocketing popularity of George W. Bush a mere 4 1/2 years after leaving office. When he climbed on that helicopter in January of 2009, Bush’s 33 percent approval rating was tied with Richard Nixon’s when he did the same, under much different circumstances.

Today, Bush is all the way up to 47 percent, only two points less than Pres. Obama, who, with all the challenges and problems his administration was left with by Bush and that have since arisen in large part because Republicans have made it their life’s work to cause him to fail, is at 49 percent.

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