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. Adrian Finlay

    Worst president ever comparing himself to one of the greatest US presidents?

    This guy has absolutely no shame.

    December 6, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  2. The Weatherman

    History will look back at the Bush presidency and note he and Paulson invested taxpayer money into the Amrican economy for a profit just like real people do with 401K investment. I think the man is a genious and the rude democrats don't seem to remember Bill Clinton went through the same name calling for tough economic times at the end of his second term.

    December 6, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  3. Rosko

    Everything is a laughing matter to this clown. In the wake of the destruction, lies, heartache, unemployment, uncertainty, fear and danger that are the legacies of his miserable presidency, the best he can come up with to an interviewer's question about his tenure is "It was a lot of fun." What a sorry excuse for a human, let alone, a President of the United States.

    December 6, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  4. truth

    Maybe not a hanging but a war crimes tribunal at the Hague would certainly fit the tenure.

    December 6, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  5. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    Bush is very fond of comparing himself to truly great former Presidents...in his mind, it really IS "all about me". How he smirks with the blood of 4,200 U.S. troops and 1.2 MILLION Iraqis on his hands shows just what little soul and substance lies behind his perennial adolescent arrogance.

    December 6, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  6. linda in AR

    Bush in the Treaty Room. What a travesty. He who has shown no respect for 'old' treaties like the Geneva Convention and no respect for the Senate making Presidential agreements that really should have been treaties subject to the Senate's approval.

    December 6, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  7. Angi's Mom

    You, sir, are no Abe Lincoln.

    December 6, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  8. snugglebunny

    1.20.09 cant wait

    December 6, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  9. binkynh

    I know quite a bit about Abraham Lincoln, and george bush is no president Lincoln.

    Silly george, ride your bicycle around the painting! Honk, honk!

    December 6, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  10. Dave, Illinois

    Before the Obamites fill this one with their hate, I have a few points to make. Bush inherited a recession and a strong terrorist enemy from Clinton. He took the blame for the scr&w ups by a Democrat mayor and Democrat governor during Katrina. His backing stopped the spread of Aids in Africa and saved millions. He put our enemies on the run. The military, following his command, defeated an evil dictator and Iraq is on its way to becoming a true democracy in the barbaric MIddle East. He made mistakes. But, he did accomplish a lot.

    December 6, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  11. Richard Larson

    Maybe they can find a place in one of the broom closets to hang it.

    December 6, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  12. ED FL

    After the young people that died do to his poor decisions and thousands more maimed for no good reason it it is disgraceful to even give him a platform to joke about it.Normally a person would find it hard to have the free time to reflect on these disasterous matters but this man continues to rub it in to this countries population. I would hope he lives a long time to reflect on these decisions.

    December 6, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  13. Paul

    Where are they going to place the portrait, in the bathroom?

    December 6, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  14. redbarchetta88

    Before you liberals start, what will you do this time next year when you don't have Bush and the GOP to push around and blame for everything anymore?

    December 6, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  15. 60 year old white female and proud supporter of PE Obama

    The Weatherman: Yeah, the invasion and occupation of Iraq comes to mind as sheer "genious".

    December 6, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  16. petena

    Mr. Bush: Your comments may be a joke to you sir because you obviously know how the American people feel about your performance. But we do not find it funny sir. You are still the president and we are in a critical state yet you have already clocked out. Shame on you Mr. President and shame on you Mr. Chaney.

    December 6, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  17. The Blessed One

    For some reason I'm not laughing....

    When will this dope get out the way so the real President can take charge?

    December 6, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  18. Let's Get Real

    More appropriate background for the portrait would of been the inside of a casino, maybe near a roulette wheel .....or wallpaper with dollar signs......

    December 6, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  19. Saad from NJ

    Though being a huge fan of President Clinton, I was responsible for many people voting for Governor Bush in 2000. It did not take a long for me to realize that I was wrong. Not because Bush is a bad man, but because he is not a great President. I believe he has had a few evil people like Donald Rumsfeld and Cheney in his administration but he himself is a very good man at heart. In 2004, I campaigned aggressively for Senator Kerry. President Bush won again and 4 more years of an administration with a faulty, or more of a disastrous, both domestic and foreign policy continued.

    I have started loving President Bush. I think he means well, I think he wishes well. First four years of his damage is his fault. 2nd four is not. It is the fault of every single American who voted for him after seeing the things he did in the first four.

    I feel bad for President Bush. I hope people realize all the above, put things in perspective and start giving the man the credit for who he is. And stop blaming him but themselves for the disaster in the past four years.

    Well wishes to you and to your family Mr. President. You are a good man.

    December 6, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  20. Terry

    You've got to be kidding!

    December 6, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  21. Phil NY

    AHH, would that it were real

    December 6, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  22. Counselor

    I love George W. Bush, and I'm going to miss having a president in office who has the backbone to stand behind his true beliefs. Barack Obama does make a great music video, though!

    December 6, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  23. cile/fairhiope, al

    They do not get any worse. The alsoloute worst president ever. No one will ever drop to the level of the Bush era . I hope he rots in his new home in Dallas. It is a given no one will be "consulting with this fool!

    December 6, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  24. Natacuy

    A delusional president for a delusional country...

    December 6, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  25. Christian, Tampa FL

    President Bush, you are no Lincoln.

    We are looking to Bush for leadership in a time of multiple crises, and he's chomping at the bit to leave the White House. President-Elect Obama, who currently has no Constitutional power, is doing the best he can to help our economy by putting together a good team of professional people with integrity and by crafting plans for our economic future. But Obama has no power right now. Maybe Bush wouldn't have to joke about his "hanging" if he would simply lead the country right now.

    December 6, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
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