The Washington Free Beacon gives a glowing review to George W. Bush's hacked-and-leaked self-portraits, declaring, "Greatest Living President is Also Fantastic Painter." Sadly, it appears to be a joke. This is unfortunate, because not many people are capable of reviewing the ex-president's paintings separately from their reviews of his policies. Reading the reviews of his art, you can feel liberals grappling with unresolved Bush rage. The greatest hurdle to overcome is imagining the guy they consider the dumbest president ever to have some kind of interior life.
The New Republic's Michael Schaffer offers a "Freudian analysis" of Bush's self-portraits, both of which show him bathing. "Though superficially an image of an everyday activity, the painting also points to an inner turmoil over one of the biggest calamities of the Bush administration: Hurricane Katrina... That Bush would allude to Katrina in a painting ostensibly depicting an act of self-cleansing most likely speaks to his guilt over his handling of the storm." Get it? Get it? These are jokes.
Unfortunately, the art critic who compared Bush to Hitler in the Huffington Post was not joking. (An artistic comparison, not a historical one, of course.) "There is very little to say about them. They're very pedestrian and clumsy pictures. It's one of those things where its only that it's Bush that makes it interesting," another critic said.