April 25th, 2013
05:25 PM ET
12 months ago

Bush on painting: 'I see colors differently'

(CNN) – Former President George W. Bush has become known for his painting skills, an unexpected hobby the 43rd president has picked up in his post-White House life.

"I relax. I see colors differently. I am, I guess, tapping a part of the brain that, you know, certainly never used when I was a teenager. And I get the satisfaction out of completing a project. And I paint people's pets. And I love to give them their pet as a gift," he told CNN's John King.
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Filed under: George W. Bush
April 25th, 2013
03:20 PM ET
12 months ago

Most former presidents look better through history's eyes

Washington (CNN) - The saying goes: "Time heals all wounds." And for most former U.S. presidents, that appears to be true.

After leaving the constant scrutiny of the White House, a president's legacy begins to take shape as professors, biographers and presidential historians start to take long, reflective looks at the president's time in office.

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April 25th, 2013
02:45 PM ET
12 months ago

Highlights of presidential speeches at Bush ceremony

(CNN) – It's a rare event when five living U.S. presidents can share the same stage. They did exactly that Thursday when they gathered for the George W. Bush Presidential Center dedication ceremony in Dallas.

In their remarks, the presidents at times joked about life after the White House and poked fun at the man they were honoring. But mostly, they expressed gratitude for the 43rd president and praised the new library and museum, located on the campus of Southern Methodist University.

See some of the highlights after the jump.
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Filed under: Bill Clinton • George W. Bush • Jimmy Carter • President Obama • Texas
April 25th, 2013
12:50 PM ET
12 months ago

Clinton's bathroom humor about Bush paintings

(CNN) - President Bill Clinton delivered a few friendly jokes during his remarks at the George W. Bush Presidential Ceremony dedication ceremony in Dallas, with one of them poking fun at his successor's new hobby of painting.

"I probably shouldn't say this, but I'm going to anyway. Your mother showed me some of your landscapes and animal paintings, and I thought they were great. Really great. And I seriously considered calling you and asking you to do a portrait of me–until I saw the results of your sister's hacked e-mails," Clinton said. "Those bathroom sketches were wonderful, but at my age, I think I should keep my suit."
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Filed under: Bill Clinton • George W. Bush • Texas
April 25th, 2013
09:33 AM ET
12 months ago

Barbara Bush on Jeb in 2016: ‘We've had enough Bushes’

(CNN) – While former President George W. Bush says he wants his brother Jeb to run for president in 2016, their always-blunt mother said Thursday she feels differently.

“He's by far the best qualified man, but no. I really don't,” she said when asked if her son, the former Florida governor, will make a White House bid.
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Filed under: Barbara Bush • George W. Bush • Jeb Bush • Jenna Bush
April 25th, 2013
08:34 AM ET
12 months ago

Bush weighs in on brother's 2016 potential

(CNN) – If former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush decides to seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, he'll have one major supporter at his side.

Former President George W. Bush, who's stepping back into the spotlight as his presidential library opens this week, says he thinks his younger brother should throw his hat into the ring.
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Filed under: 2016 • George W. Bush • Jeb Bush
April 25th, 2013
07:48 AM ET
12 months ago

Bush on Boston: 'I was reminded that evil exists'

(CNN) – Former President George W. Bush, whose presidency was largely consumed by the terror attacks on Sept. 11 and the aftermath, weighed in on his thoughts about the recent violence in Boston.

"I was reminded that evil exists," Bush told CNN's chief national correspondent John King. "And that there are people in the world who are willing to kill innocent people to advance a cause."

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April 24th, 2013
10:35 PM ET
12 months ago

Bush 43: 'History will ultimately judge ... I'm a content man'

Dallas (CNN) – George W. Bush is a proud new grandfather and fascinated by his unlikely new hobby: painting.

But some things haven't changed a bit: the trademark smirk when he is amused, a squinty glare when he doesn't appreciate the question - and a quick turn to humor when the conversation turns to "legacy," including the scars of Iraq or the cloud of Katrina.

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Filed under: George W. Bush
Ahead of library opening, Obama says Bush 'loves this country'
April 24th, 2013
10:17 PM ET
12 months ago

Ahead of library opening, Obama says Bush 'loves this country'

(CNN) – His predecessor may be his political opposite, but President Barack Obama stressed Wednesday that George W. Bush remained steadfast in his love of country.

Speaking at a Democratic fundraiser in Dallas on the eve of Bush's presidential library dedication, Obama said he was eagerly anticipating attending the event, which will bring together all five living U.S. presidents.
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Filed under: George W. Bush • President Obama
The George W. Bush Presidential Center
April 24th, 2013
06:17 PM ET
12 months ago

A glimpse at a Bush White House before everything changed

Dallas (CNN) - It's getting harder to remember life before September 11, 2001, but as soon as you walk through the door, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum aims to take you back there.

Bush was first elected on November 7, 2000, and sworn in on January 20, 2001, so the months before the 9/11 terrorist attack were but a brief moment in the Bush presidency.

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Filed under: George W. Bush • Texas
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