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. Perusing-Through

    Bush needs to be spending more time fixing the national disasters he is leaving behind, and less time fretting over his legacy.

    December 6, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  2. Paul Meinke

    All of you, and I mean all of you!

    Why must you label each other as this or that? What is you "hate" is the label without really ever knowing the person and that my friends comes from you being brainwashed. You have to admit you did not make up the words left, right or liberal or conservative.

    Please for the sake for of the human condition...back off! What a waist of oxygen that allows you to say and write such things. I feel like I am back on the play ground in grade school.

    There is so many other important things that need to be addressed in this world then your HOT AIR!

    The Tinman

    December 6, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  3. Mike

    The Bush Legacy – How stupid were we as Americans that we elected him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 6, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  4. David Goldman




    December 6, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  5. Rob in Detroit Mi.

    Term limits should be lifted so Barack Obama can seek a Third and fourth term in the white house. just to un-do the damage done by G.W.Bush, so much for the uniter,oh dont think we dont know whats
    going on with Jeb Bush he will never be president.

    December 6, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  6. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz





    December 6, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  7. Oregon

    you paved your path George W... now walk the walk

    December 6, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  8. Perusing-Through

    For those who wonder how 46% of the population can vote for an "out-of-touch ill-tempered crank" for POTUS and his "Alaskan Airhead with an Attitude" V.P. nominee; just read the comments from those thinking Bush-43 did a good job and it help explains where the 46% come from and the pathetic depths our nation has sunk.

    December 6, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  9. Peter LeRoy

    President Bush's Presidential Library should be a doddle...a dozen comic books and 8 Hooters long will that take to organise..?

    December 6, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  10. a southern bell.





    December 6, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  11. Rob

    First OJ, Bush next please....

    December 6, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  12. Ewing 3

    The artist forgot to add the horns and cloven hooves.....Bush being the anti-christ and all.

    December 6, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  13. Kelsey, MD

    He's more in a league with Herbert Hoover and James Buchanon, some of the worst presidents ever.

    December 7, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  14. Jonathan Buchanan

    CNN please post this:

    These people that are STILL upholding Bush and his "wonderful" presidency (HA!! What a joke that is) must either be dillusional, blind or just plain stupid of what's been going on for the past 8 years. This is the same moron that diverted the American peoples attention from a war that we should've been fighting (remember Afganistan people, and that tall skinny man named uhhhh.....BIN LADEN???), to an un-called for unnecessary war that has claimed 4,200 lives of our U.S. soldiers. I agree with John of Tampa, Flordia – – how he smirks with their blood on his hands just shows what little soul and substance he has.

    Oh!! And there's also Hurricane Katrina. His response to that was "priceless"!!! His actions showed just how much (better yet, HOW LITTLE) he cared about the American people.

    When Clinton was in office (yes we all know he had an affair – BUT- that situation should've only been between him and his wife.........GET OVER IT PEOPLE!!!), the economy was great, the American people were working, our allies actually liked us, and we had a surplus. When this drunk moron took office, everything went downhill (yes, even before 9/11). Jobs are leaving left and right, the economy has pretty much gone to pasture, and we've got a deficit so high that there's no more room on the billboard for the numbers!! And this man has the nerve to compare himself to President Abraham Lincoln??!!! Hey George, do us all a a contestant on "Wheel of Fortune" and BUY YOURSELF A "CLUE"!!!!

    December 7, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  15. CanIcallyouJoe

    The Weatherman @ 7:36
    "I think the man is a genious"

    Hmm, I think I see why.

    December 7, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  16. To GOPutz Head

    @indiana voter

    We don't need sympathy from idiots who voted for the Chief Idiot–G. W. Bush. You're a moron, but then I think you knew that already.

    December 7, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  17. steven in kentucky

    Can you really blame all the country's problems on one man? Forget the irresponsible borrowers, lenders, and investors and their parts in the financial crisis. Forget the fact that we're ALL overly dependent on a nonrenewable resource that we have to import from the other side of the world.

    December 7, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  18. jake

    Such rude comments, shame on those of you who disrespect the highest office in the land. We are the land of free speech, but come on some of you take it to a new low. Call him what you may, he is our President and he should be respected. Now as to our economic mess, can anybody say Barney Frank or Chris Dodd, both these guys got sweet deals from Freddic Mac and Fannie May. Not to mention Barney's friend who helped run one of these organizations into the ground. And for those of you who voted for change, the only thing you got was a reshuffeled deck, the same faces just in different positions. And finally, did you get the best and brightest, nope just the guys that sold Hillary out, like Bill Richardson and the list goes on and on and on.

    December 7, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  19. Gop supporter

    Thank you Mr. Bush for putting this country back on track. Enough with the "wanted to be rich" borrowing money to keep up with the Jones'. Let's live within our means, keep this country safe, and support this country by "buying American". That's what you were all about. Just one thing I did dislike. No support for the American Automobile manufacturers...Enjoy your retirement from the political life. You should be much more appreciated than what they all gave you credit for. You got my vote! Good luck Mr. President.

    December 7, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  20. darby

    That portrait shows his hand on a book. A book!! He has never read a book. Or is that book in the painting titled "The Presidency For Dummies"?

    December 7, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  21. muffin_man austin texas

    I am glad that everyone blames just one person for total corruption of all government and the total breakdown of the world economy. I am sure subprime lending didn't just start originating in the last 8 years that got us into this mess. Maybe everyone can get a ticket to Obama's induction ceremony that costs millions or catch it on Oprah while thousands of people have no jobs, worry if they will have enough food at night or when it there time to beg on the side of the road. Where are our priorities!

    December 7, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  22. steven in kentucky

    (...continued) Forget the roles that hundreds of thousands of people have played in causing a perpetuating the problems the amarican people face, and let's blame it all on ONE MAN. That makes a lot of sense. And here we are complaining, when other parts of the world are hungry, thirsty, being slaughtered, and dying from curable diseases. Think about that next time you complain about how it Bush single handedly made it cost so much for you to fill up your SUV.

    December 7, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  23. stephen Webb

    For the next 4-16 years we will hear how the screwed up country is Baracks fault. The GOP even believes Clinton left this current mess for Bush!!!

    In other words, Bush did a great job!

    Our screwed up country isn't W's's the fault of Clinton and Obama! Bush is completely innocent of killing 4000 + American soldiers in a war that should have never happened! We should have gone into Pakistan and Afghanistan and killed Bin Laden! Not Iraq!!! But the Bush family has ties with Pakistan and wouldn't go after Bin Laden!

    When Obama goes into Pakistan and Afghanistan and kills Bin Laden, the GOP will say Bin Laden is dead thanks to Bush!

    In other words it something good happens it's because of Bush and all the bad this country and the world is facing is because of Clinton and Obama!


    December 7, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  24. SanjoyDas1

    Darn it! For a moment I thought Bush was actually gonna be hanged!

    Anyways, I'd have suggested lobotomy to a hanging, to get rid of his habitual lying.

    December 7, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  25. A dose of Realism

    Weatherman... Do you honestly believe that when history looks back at this president, he will be remembered for a economic bailout? Which was a marginal outcome even in the most benificial outlooks on its effect of the state of this economy? Really? If this wasn't a joke post and you were serious... wow, that just dumbfounds me.

    December 7, 2008 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
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