December 6th, 2008
07:10 PM ET
6 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. BruceNY

    I'm quite struck by the President's numerous attempts to compare himself to Lincoln. It is amusing and laughable. Thank goodness for Lincoln's controversial leadership...it helped give the President-elect the opportunity to become President of the United States. If anything, Bush's controversial leadership was because he was an ineffective and ofen divisive leader...not even close to Lincoln.

    December 6, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  2. Dee in Otown

    How dare he compare himself with Lincoln. Bush's presidency has been one of politically engineered division, tremendous arrogance, and egregious decision-making; not one of honor and choosing a difficult path that would eventually mend a broken nation. There will be no monuments in Washington, D.C. celebrating his contributions to the nation.

    December 6, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  3. rob

    Seeing one image of this human waste is bad enough, the above picture is enough to induce nightmares.

    December 6, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  4. Cynic

    Bush's image will litter the wall it hangs on, maybe the idiot will rent himself out as a pinata. I'll bring my own stick.

    December 6, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  5. Mike

    AND lets not forget he TOOK TAXPAYER'S BILLIONS and started a war over false pretenses, did nothing to stop the mortgage crisis & economic situation we are now in, nor did he lift a finger to do anything about global warming and our "addiction to foreign oil".....OH, remember also how he used the so-called "War on Terror" to spy illegally (via wiretapping, etc) on Americans without warrants or cause, OH and let's not forget the fiasco in New Orleans after Katrina, The Shrub & FEMA did such a awesome job down there.....

    December 6, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  6. David

    Right now, Bush is the man that has precided over the largest economic downturn since the Great Depression and a costly foreign war in Iraq. Even if the "nationbuilding" in Iraq actually works, in all likelihood, Obama will get the lion's share of the credit for its success (from liberals of course), and Obama will get every part of the credit for when the economy comes back no matter how much help the Bush bailout was.

    Then again, if his presidency was a time of partisan bickering (9/11 withstanding), is there any reason why the left and the right should agree on what his legacy will be?

    December 6, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  7. reggie

    I may disagree with some of Pres Bush's decisions, but I sure will miss him. He has such a likeable personality.

    December 6, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  8. GP

    What a tease.

    December 6, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  9. t

    After all he has gone through.....911, Katrina, two wars, a world-wide economic depression may history show him the respect he deserves as our President

    December 6, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  10. CJ

    This moron is out of touch, he has no respect for anything or anyone. He is NO Lincoln and by far the worst president in History.

    December 6, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  11. Seattle Sue

    The hanging is a few years late.

    December 6, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  12. bsmith171

    deportation to mexico would be more appropriate.

    December 6, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  13. Mike Moser

    ...as long as the painting doesn't speak, I can live with it.

    December 6, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  14. susan Maddern

    To me he will be the worst president in history who has left the united states in a depression.High gas prices,high cost in the stores.Everyday their are more people losing their jobs and we can't forget this senseless war we are in Irag.When Clinton left office people still had their jobs and the economy was good! Every day more and more people are losing their homes and their jobs.I'm even afraid to think what 2009 will be for the Amercian people!

    December 6, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  15. Don Hays

    This spoiled rotten frat boy has been an absolute disgrace
    the Republicans were supposed to be about business, Well they gave us the business all right , and look at the shape they are leaving the country, a recession bordering on depression
    We are despised world wide because the administration has the emotional maturity of a teenage boy. Bush never put a priority on catching Osama Bin Laden, only securing Oil fields for his buddies in Houston. ( Exxon etc... )
    George Bush legacy will be of the man who proved that deregulation of business is an absolute must & corporate GREED has no end. This man needs to be in prison, not posing for a painting, but posing for a mug shot.

    December 6, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  16. Linda

    I would think that George Bush would get credit for keeping all of us SAFE since 2001. He alone has not ruined our economy–he inherited a lot of the mess and please put some of the blame on the democratic congress for the last 2 years. George Bush does not SMIRK about the lives lost in Iraq. I have seen him speak of the young men that died and his lips trembling. I for one would like to say "Thank You, President Bush–for mine and my loves ones safety since September 11,2001: May your retirement from public life bring you the peace of mind that you so richly deserve.

    December 6, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  17. smiles

    I am so glad that everyone hates Bush... oh, wait... not everyone does... mostly just the media.

    December 6, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  18. Ro

    I can't believe he would have the audacity to compare himself to Lincoln. A new low, amoung many, for our current President.

    December 6, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  19. Mike

    Hey, comon, I wanna see the real hangin, like on the end of a rope!

    December 6, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  20. Joe in MN

    What are you doing?! You're still the president...do something about the economy!

    December 6, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  21. Tim

    "Welcome to my hanging." Well, I suppose one can still dream.

    December 6, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  22. Jack Walden

    What a total waste of public money, time and effort in creating a portrait of this buffoon.

    December 6, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  23. R M

    When he said "Welcome to my hanging" I think he was alluding to Saddam Hussein and his ultimate demise. Now that's gangsta!

    December 6, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  24. Linda from Pahrump

    When Clinton left office, this country had money "in the kitty'. Bush's "genious" has left my great-great-grandchildren with an enormous debt to pay. His "economics" have thrown this world into a a recession that will take years to climb out of. He may be laughing about his "hanging", but I'm sure that many people who are at the bottom of the financial pile, through no fault of their own, would like to see more substance to that word.

    December 6, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  25. Paul

    If only it were his hanging. But that would be too good for him.

    December 6, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
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