President Obama, former President George W. Bush, and Hillary Clinton all shared a 16-hour flight on Air Force One to South Africa on Monday and at one wonderful point in the air, the former president went full dad and showed off his now-famous paintings to some very important people.
The picture (above) was snapped by White House photographer Pete Souza and shows Clinton, Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, Attorney General Eric Holder, National Security Advisor Susan Rice, and Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett gathered around Bush and tablet displaying his paintings. Clearly Susan Rice has the biggest reaction (in the photo) and looks like the kind of person you want to have around when you have good news to tell.
It was one of those rare times that a president, two former presidents (Bill was along for the ride too), and a possible future president/former first lady/former Secretary of State all shared the same plane. When we had heard Bush, Obama, and Clinton were all sharing a flight, people were curious (and had jokes lined up) as to what all those giant statesmen and women who have more or less been running our country for the past 21 years would do on the long flight over the Atlantic. Now we know they just show off pictures on their iPads like everyone else.
Maybe Bush showing off his paintings was the tip of the iceberg? After all, this couldn't last for more than seven minutes (Bush doesn't have that many paintings). Maybe there was a presidential version of "never have I ever" or truth or dare? Inside jokes? There have to have been inside jokes. Clearly Pete Souza must post more pictures.
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