December 6th, 2008
07:10 PM ET
5 years ago

Bush in Philadelphia: 'Welcome to my hanging'

 Bush got a look at a new presidential portrait Saturday.
Bush got a look at a new presidential portrait Saturday.

(CNN) - President Bush has often said he doesn’t dwell on how others view him – but he spent plenty of time Saturday taking in one conception, attending the unveiling of a presidential portrait in at a private club in Philadelphia.

"Welcome to my hanging," said Bush, to laughter from the crowd.

Watch Bush at his portrait's unveiling

Artist Mark Carder painted the portrait after taking hundreds of photos of Bush this spring. In it, Bush is standing in the White House Treaty Room, looking straight ahead.

“I was taken aback by how much gray paint you had to use,” Bush told Carder in his Saturday comments at the Union League in Philadelphia. “It speaks more about my job than yours.”

The president also compared himself to another commander-in-chief. “I found it interesting that the League was founded in 1862, to support President Lincoln in a time when his leadership was deeply controversial,” he said. “I know how he felt.”

Read why Bush faces a turbulent post-presidency


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  1. Tony in Maine

    Comparing himself to Lincoln – good grief.

    December 6, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  2. New Day

    Well, he looks goofy in that too. Did they HAVE to put him next to Lincoln?

    December 6, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  3. John G

    Cue the venom from the left wingers who aren't happy about winning last month...

    December 6, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  4. Godluvr

    That's you alright!

    December 6, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  5. Kimberly

    The painting would have made a better president than this jerk. THANK GOD he and his corrupt bunch are out of office. Shame on him for all the crimes and murders he commited in office~you will NOT be missed, and NEVER respected!

    December 6, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  6. bob-texas

    Go away with your hangings!

    December 6, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  7. unbeliveable

    we have to give president bush credit, he's got a good sense of humor.

    December 6, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  8. Rob

    Comparing ourselves to Lincoln now... AMAZING. Go away and enjoy your status as the WORST PRESIDENT IN AMERICAN HISTORY.

    December 6, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  9. MK

    What an idiot. Generations from now, my grandchildren's children will wonder why on earth he was ever a serious candidate for the Presidency, let alone a President.

    Wise cracking about hanging? What a joke he is.

    He NOW says Saddam was never involved in 9/11. You know how many people think he was? You know who put that lie into their heads? You know how many people have died as a result?????? What a sad excuse for a human he is, shame on him and shame on his name and legacy. Go to jail and take Cheney, Rove and all the rest of your ilk with you.

    December 6, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  10. Jeanine G

    Bush comparing himself to Lincoln....dear lord. I personally think that as much as he's ready to exit, he also has to feel humiliation in knowing just how UNmissed he will actually be.

    December 6, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  11. Ion Hypocrisy

    You're no Abraham Lincoln.

    December 6, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  12. Lance

    Except Lincoln was a unifier and W is a divider – along with being a loser.

    December 6, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  13. Larry

    The president also compared himself to another commander-in-chief. “I found it interesting that the League was founded in 1862, to support President Lincoln in a time when his leadership was deeply controversial,” he said. “I know how he felt.”

    Good point,and time will favor you,people will need to be further educated on what the real situation was that you walked into,and all that you have accomplished.

    December 6, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  14. Pam Holt Los Angeles, CA

    No, your "leadership" has been a failure, not just controversial. Glad you can joke about it though.

    December 6, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  15. WULAW

    I know that I will be the only one on this post who will say anything postive about you President Bush, but thank you. Thank you for your leadership and thank you for not blinking when your enemys both abroad and here at home wanted to break you. They may think to themselves that they have made you look like a fool, but I do believe Mr. President that you will be remembered fondly when Americans open their eyes and see how honorable you really were and how much you loved America. Especially beginnging noon Jan 20 when the United States and the world no longer have a leader. Thank you sir. Oh, and unlike most short sighted American's I did not forgot the 7 years of immense wealth that you brought to this country and to the world. P.S. To all Bush haters, I know that this is an open invitation to be bashed by you are. Go ahead and do that, but the only person you will be disgracing will be yourselves.

    December 6, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  16. Jaye

    No comment!

    December 6, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  17. I too sing America

    Somehow, I feel sad for President Bush. He seems like a lost soul, like he is just now realizing what was happening outside of the White House all these years. I feel bad that he wasn't the favored son, but that didn't lead him to take the lead on social issues with the exception of the global AIDS initiative. I pray he will have time to join other presidents dedicate his life humanitarian efforts. Perhaps he could build houses in New Orleans?

    December 6, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  18. Loretta

    President Bush is a wonderful man. He protected us for 8 years. Thank you Mr President.

    December 6, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  19. Kirbiejo

    Is he seriously comparing himself to Abraham Lincoln? He really is out of touch with reality, isn't he.

    December 6, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  20. BB

    You don't have a clue W

    December 6, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  21. mt

    It's offensive that Bush would try to compare himself to Lincoln. He's more like Hoover or Buchanan.

    December 6, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  22. Real

    No, Lincoln's leadership was controversial, yours was bad.

    All the other stuff, too too easy.

    December 6, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  23. Robert V.

    Great. Now President Bush is comparing himself to Abraham Lincoln.

    December 6, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  24. Yes to Obama

    Nothing satisfies me until I see this man in Den Haag....

    December 6, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  25. Paul in FL

    GW can compare himself to Lincoln if it makes him feel good but the unpleasant reality is that there is no similarity.
    He will go down in history, and will be listed, as the worse president ever elected in the U.S. and history cannot mitigate that fact.
    Let us hope and pray that the American voters don't make that mistake again. The country and the world cannot withstand the trauma.
    The sad part is that millions of voters voted for him..twice..for the wrong reasons and too many of them don/t realize their blunder.

    December 6, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
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