George Bush to Voluntarily Release 24 Portraits of World Leaders

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The Wire loves George Bush's second act as a painter and so tomorrow is like our own personal Christmas. 

On Friday, former President George W. Bush will unveil 24 portraits of world leaders in a pre-recorded interview airing on The Today Show. The 24 new paintings have "have never been seen before in public," says the Washington Post. Bush will also discuss the rest of his oeuvre, including the dogs and cats and self-portraits we have already seen, including the infamous Bush-in-a-bathtub portrait. Bush, interviewed by his daughter, said the bathtub painting was meant to "shock."

We will see paintings of Tony Blair, Vladimir Putin and the Dalai Lama, among others. The Today Show will debut the paintings ahead of the opening of an exhibit of Bush's paintings at his presidential library in Dallas later this month. 

Like any true artist, Bush is insecure and unsure of his abilities. He tells his daughter in a preview released Thursday that he's "still learning" and wishes his paintings had stayed private. "I was annoyed. It's an invasion of one's privacy," he says. "And yeah, I was annoyed. And nor do I want my paintings to get out." If you don't remember, Bush's paintings were initially released after the hacker Guccifer illegally accessed the former President's personal email account. 

Bush does not expect his former colleagues to appreciate his artwork. "Wow. George Bush is a painter ... Wow. I look forward to seeing a stick figure he painted of me," he tells his daughter, predicting how they will react to the news. 

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