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.”

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  1. Lisa, Atlanta GA

    Where has Linda been hiding or better yet, what is she smoking?

    December 6, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  2. David

    It will be great to see January 20th arrive. Since apparently all of America's problems have been directly linked to Mr. Bush's presidency, on January 21 we will be liberated. No more failing economy, no more war, no more problems! It will be great! There will be no more poverty, everyone will have a job. Healthcare costs and college tuition costs will suddenly fall and the good ole USA will catapult back into the limelight once again as the most highly respected nation in the world. All we have to do is swear in a new president and get Mr. Bush out. You know, I don't blame the Democrat controlled House and Senate for sitting on their hands over the past two years, not doing anything to move America forward. Why introduce a good idea to help the failing economy? I mean why let the current President get credit? We would not want that now would we? Let's just wait for the new guy and then start acting like we have ideas and in the meantime let the economy fall further into the toilet. That will show America how much we care.

    Great job guys.

    December 6, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  3. Shelly Girl

    Thank you Mr. Bush for your service. You have been handed a great deal to suffer through, along with the rest of us Americans. Ignore the negative and rabid Democrats who love to blame you for everything...their day is coming, their leader(s) are on the hot seat now. A thanks to the thousands of public servants who surround you and help to make the daily decisions that make this country run....may those who are corrupt and bring suffering to the country be ashamed of themselves. Give Laura a hug for us!

    December 6, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  4. Sarah J.

    Bush's picture has absolutely no place hanging next to Abraham Lincoln's......

    December 6, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  5. cheri

    My only hope would be that Bush and his gang of cronies could be tried for war crimes. The evidence is there but most likely no one would have the courage to pursue it.

    December 6, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  6. Bruce

    This is typical of the american people. It all comes down to winning/loosing blaming/praising. No one looks at the big picture. We all take sides. Black or White. Win or Loose. Democratic or Republican. We turn blinders to the person on our chosen "team" and villify whoever is on the opposite side. I'm not a "fan" of Bush. Niether was I a "fan" of Clinton. Clinton turned a blind eye to TWO genocides and ethnic cleansings, Bush launched us into Iraq. Perhaps instead of choosing sides or laying blames, let's try and see BOTH sides of every situation and work out something. Weak minds discuss people, Average minds discuss Events, Great Minds discuss Ideas. Let's all try to evolve, people.

    December 6, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  7. bob

    Weatherman, compared to you Bush is a genius. I wouldn't praise anyone that takes money from my family for 2 or 3 generations and use it without any say from me. Any one that still supports Bush after the direction he and Cheney led this country, is truely mentally unfit. We as a nation will be suffering the effects of this administration in a negative way for several decades. I agree with John Starnes from Tampa.

    December 6, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  8. LM75

    You got to be kidding me. Lincoln/Bush. Bush is too dumb to understand what a sorry president he has been. He just don't get it, never has. What a bozo.

    December 6, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  9. VJ

    Linda and Smiles, I am glad that you are a minority on this discussion board just like in reality. I guess you have IQ's as high (or low?) as W.

    December 6, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  10. So Tired of Hiim

    A hanging would be just about right. I suppose it's almost as good that he will live through his legacy–the one he is failing to change. Also, anyone who thinks just the media hates him is a moron.

    December 6, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  11. George

    Naw, everyone really dies hate him, Smiles. Not just the media.

    December 6, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  12. FreeNLovIt

    i heard that Saddam's sons are twice more EVIL than him. I do not agree with W's policies, but he was the man for the job. You see, the world has to get rid of Saddam, otherwise, the Apocalypse will not run as scheduled. There is a plan and we cant have a ROGUE Middle Eastern State, running around, defying the prophecy. Iraq is Iran's antidote. Iran cant have an enemy breathing down its neck, to fulfill the prophecy. Proverbs 16 – The Lord works out everything for his won ends – even the wicked for a day of disaster.

    December 6, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    May God bless President Bush...
    sucks that he has to be the scapegoat...
    hmmm...our world..our nation/economy WILL get worse and worse– believe it or not. it is inevitable–
    it's not Pres.Bush who brought all this upon us..
    you'll see. Thanks Pres. Bush for putting up w/ all this B.S.

    December 6, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    republican or democrat, it doesnt matter.
    Would you be honored at your job if you performed like this idiot? I dont care where you come from ,you cannot deny the mess this president made over the last 8 years. Denial is the ONLY solution for those who say that this guy has been a good president. Let me settle this as well. BUSH DID NOT KEEP US SAFE, 9-11 HAPPENED WHEN HE WAS THE PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!!!!.

    December 6, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  15. Denise

    It's unfortunate the blame that has been put on his shoulders. A little education goes a long way in understanding the causes of the recession today. These things take years before they manifest and it was long before Bush came in the picture. Bad decisions in the past have us paying now. As far as the war goes, get over it. Both parties supported it when it started. Bush has done the right thing. I will remember him as a man of integrity and I think history will prove he was right. God bless you George and Laura.

    December 6, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  16. Liberal

    Typically outrageous for Bush to compare himself to Lincoiln in any way shape or form....

    The rewriting of the Bush Legacy has already begun and he will try to portray himself as a leader who was the victim of bad intelligence (no pun intended).

    That doesn't explain the shredding of the Constitution, Katrina, Abu Graib fake color coded terror threats, firing of federal attorneys, VA Hospitals...must I go on......?

    December 6, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  17. Butch Dillon

    He forgives his own and the barbaric deeds of his administration with a joke, but I cannot be that kind. Bush will live through his life contented in the thoughts of himself as a good and wise leader. The rest of us will long atone for the many sins and crimes against humanity he committed. For him I wish only the most hellish existence until he dies.

    December 6, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  18. SD Demo

    He has become truly irrelevant.

    December 6, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  19. arc, Lugano CH

    This story far overshadows the fact that George Bush and his War Criminal REPUBLICAN Administration should be found guilty at The Hague for Crimes against Humanity and Inciting Genocide.

    "Welcome to my hanging" indeed.

    December 6, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  20. Juli An

    I respect our President and thank him for his 8 years of service. If you look back in history and thoroughly scrutinize each of our former Presidents you will not find one perfect person. The most important job of a President is to keep our country safe. Unless you are the head of the CIA or FBI you will never know everything that has gone on before and continues to go on now. Thank you President George W. Bush.

    December 6, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  21. Dave

    Bush's Legacy:
    HURT our people.
    HURT our families.
    HURT...our country.

    December 6, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  22. John Dahlman

    When i saw this article i knew the hate president Bush crowd would not be able to resist there boring typical comments these people need to get a life.

    December 6, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  23. NeSS

    to Linda: Inherited WHAT mess? When he took office the country had a surplus, there was no war (especially one of choice against the nation that did NOT blow up the towers), more of us had jobs, etc. Did he do it alone? Heck, no! He and all the other Chicken Hawks (NONE of them ever served in the military – in fact they have treated the service people like crap and lied about it) – Cheney, Wolfowitz, Perle, Rumsfeld – and all the corporate lackeys he placed at the head of all our agencies. Please. Do your research. Blessings.

    December 6, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  24. Shakin' My Head

    Redbarchetta88,

    Umm, I don't know....maybe celebrate? The economy should be on the mend, our worldwide image will be improved, unemployment will be down and global markets should be recovering.

    The real pushing and shoving has been from eight years of Bush the Disgrace and his GOP thugs.

    Get over yourself......

    December 6, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  25. Deep Throat

    redbarchetta88 wrote: "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?"

    Um, that's easy red. Smile at the fact that they're gone.

    December 6, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
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