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

Bush in Philadelphia: 'Welcome to my hanging'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" 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. Mel of Alexandria, Virginia

    It might have come just short of an hanging if most Americans had their chance at impeachment.

    December 6, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  2. Pete from Austin Tx.

    It's not that he is ignorant, incompetant and arrogant. It's that those qualities of his ruined so many lives. I can't wait to see how his memoirs try to rewrite history. Good riddance you boob.

    December 6, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  3. TrueIndependent

    Can one of you smart Republicans explain exactly how Bush has kept you 'safe'? And in correct grammar please.

    December 6, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  4. Garfield

    It was pretty obvious you wouldn't post my comment.

    The truth hurts.

    December 6, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  5. clifford

    It won't be 6 months into the Obama administration and you'll be asking "where have all the cowboys gone?" The media built the Obama legend and they'll be the ones to destroy it!!!

    December 6, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  6. jm

    I must be living in some other alternate reality based on some of the comments on this board. Though Bill Clinton was an idiot for his invlolvement with Monica Lewensky, when he left office he was an extremely popular president (and not just with Democrats but also with Independents) for having brought us peace and prosperity. Now Bush (and his Republican sycophants) want us to pity him for all that he has had to deal with, rather than lay the responsibility for all that he has done at his feet. I pity Obama who will have to try to clean up this mess and only hope and pray that he will be successful otherwise our country will be suffering for many years to come.

    December 6, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  7. Peggy

    I am not an American, I don't live in the USA. I found most comments very hateful. G.Bush may not have been a good president but is that a reason to sink into hatred? I always that Americans were different from Europeans who are very cynical but now I know everyone is equal. Human beings are not different or more educated than other beings.
    Hatred is the word that leads the world right now.

    December 6, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  8. we need a bush for India

    Bush was a great leader. time will tell. We wished there was someone like him to handle terror attacks.

    December 6, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  9. Norm, Elizabethtown, KY

    I am totally amazed that after eight years of this President that any Republican would have the audacity to besmirch anyone that would have negative comments about their great leader. I guess it is truly a fact that sheep will blindly follow their leader no matter the cost. And the cost of following this imbecile has cost this great nation so much that it will probably take generations to restore the US to it's greatness again. For those of you that will still defend his narrow-minded, almost traitorous destruction of this country, I truly feel sorry for you. Watch out the edge of the cliff is coming closer, do you want to fall off it with him? If so, we will be better off without you, too.

    December 6, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  10. Joe

    redbarchetta88 said...

    "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?"

    Easy. We'll be enjoying all the ways our country is improving.

    December 6, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  11. clifford

    UglyEgo3: Nice going! I see you've done your research and homework!?!? Are you part of that youth vote (18 to 29) that know NOTHING about politics???

    December 6, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  12. PJP

    Hey Phil, I agree with YOU!!!!

    December 6, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  13. Jon

    News flash, Bush did not ruin any lives. Well, I guess he did to those of you who have no concept of personal responsibility and like to blame others for your problems. Yea the economy is bad, but please, to put so much stock in Bush and Obama is mind-boggling to me. Seriously, no one man can solve or create all the problems in the world. Men aren't that smart. We are mostly fallen, stupid creatures a lot of the time. None of us are immune to that, so stop acting like any of you would do any better. And, let's hope Obama does a great job but please don't look to him as a savior, he will make mistakes too. It is called reality, welcome to it

    December 6, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  14. Perusing-Through

    Quote from INDIANA VOTER:
    "You liberals are funny. It is like some kind of a disease that you have so much hatred in your hearts towards one man".
    = = = = =

    The hypocrisy of Evangelical-Republican supporters never ceases to amaze me. You INDIANA VOTER have the audacity to misrepresent the people's "righteous" anger as "hatred" for the worst U.S. President in history? Let me remind you hypocrites what real hatred looks like. Real hatred is when self-righteous Republicans spend $58,000,000.00 over a 7-year period to dig up dirt on the Commander-in-Chief via an Arkansas White-Water land deal. And after 7-years and $58-million the only thing the HATEFUL Republicans could find was a stained blue dress and a thousand ways to tie the Presidents hands at a time the people really needed his attention and leadership domestically and internationally. Now that was true hate on the Evangelical-GOP side!

    December 6, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  15. carol kesling

    bush is a joke, but i cant help but laugh when i read some of these blogs!!!!! i do laugh alot, what else do we have ???? some of you people are really funny !!!!!! after all laughter is the best medicine!!!!!

    December 6, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  16. matt

    look up the facts, people....they speak for themselves....bush and cheney and most of his admin did EVERYTHING they could to stay out of fighting in any war....cheney even got FIVE (yes, 5) deferments saying he couldnt fight in any war because he had kids and a wife (as most of those fighting in iraq also do)....they did everything they could to not fight in any war because they knew they needed to grow up and be in politics where they big money they profit millions off their buddies like halliburton, kbr, and blackwater...none of you republicans think its a little odd that theyre making money off of war? doesnt that seem like a conflict of interest to yOu no, i didnt think so. bush screwed this country into the ground....and it will take years to bail us out...while bush and cheney sit sipping champagne on top of a stack of money. you people are delusional if you still support this scumbag.

    December 6, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  17. rainmaker

    bush... lincoln? hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. in his dreams... or nightmares, hopefully.

    December 6, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  18. Appreciate

    No matter what he says," He always has a sense of humor". I love Bush, he has gone thorugh so much to protect his country, yet no one appreciates anything. All that grey paint on his head, gotten from the job. You voted him in, appreciate a few good things he has done people. Things will get better soon.

    December 6, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  19. Dan

    Our country is doomed. One needs to look no further than most of the comments posted/will be posted here to understand why.

    Keep in mind most will have a collage degree. Sad

    December 6, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  20. SpongeBlog

    That so many hate one man is the evidence of his incompetence and contempt for our constitution. That any would still make excuses for him is cause for deep pity and disgust. Goodbye, Bush. May you and your painting both molder away.

    December 6, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  21. Chris

    Okay, Lincoln was one of the best presidents in history, whereas Bush is one of the worst. Let me just say, though, that Bush does not merit the title of 'the worst' president in history: that honor goes to James Buchanan.

    December 6, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  22. Matthew William Jones


    December 6, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  23. Larry the trucker

    What if Al Gore won way back when,, Oh wait he did. And before someone says he might have not done a better job. He couldn't be any worse. btw We need more than a 2 party system and get rid of the Electoral College.

    December 6, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  24. tina


    I thought my dreams were coming true and Bush was going to be hung in Washington D.C. on the white house lawn like criminals should be.

    December 6, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  25. Confused

    I wonder where the cheerleaders of the lame duck get their information. Have you people been out of the country for the last eight years???? Are you buying into the revisionist history being written by the Bush Legacy Project? Were you people living in the same country I was?

    I will not sing the praises on Obama, nor will I criticize. Obama hasn't taken office yet. When he does, all eyes will be on him.

    But for people to be praising Bush for our safety, for his handling of the economy, the war on terror. It really makes me sad. We are poorer, less educated, sicker, less safe, and less free than we were eight years ago.

    Check out his executive orders, regulations, directives, and his signing statements. Read something other than blurbs in the news.

    December 6, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
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