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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soundoff (330 Responses)
  1. Tara

    Where the heck is his dunce cap??????

    December 6, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  2. chica

    Not a pretty picture.

    December 6, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    I know we should respect him as our president, but instead of comparing himself to greater presidents and trying to salvage his reputation, he should be doing something productive.

    December 6, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  4. Michael J, Toronto

    President George W. Bush, the best Presi.....I can't even finssh the sentence without laughing.

    December 6, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  5. FreeNLovIt

    I dont agree with his policies, but I did appreciate his steadiness. I cant say much about him, but as a Christian, this is what Proverbs 16 has to say: All a man's ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the Lord. " -As far as I'm concerned, he did such a poor job representing, caring and saving souls that are so valuable to God, I dont think he'll be a General in Heaven, but will clean windows and toilets like the rest of us. Oh yeah, I'll see him in Heaven. He believes in Christ, the Saviour, just as I do. Heaven is not for the Perfect, but for those who accept Christ as Saviour and do the best they can.

    December 6, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  6. bob

    Bush a genious? DISingenious, yes. Genious, never.

    December 6, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  7. lea

    It should have been Bush in a zoo, like the "chimp in charge" that he was!

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

    He can't get out of office quickly enough for me. I'm sick of seeing his stupid grins and listening to him attempt to give a speech. Thank God we have an intellectual in Obama.

    December 6, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  9. brett

    really is amazing that he can still smile like the spoiled brat that he's been his whole life with the knowledge that he took a country in good shape and gave us two wars, an economic recession, the politicalization of a justice system, and many more travesties. as state radio once said, "jefferson roll over, and tell old stalin the news."

    December 6, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  10. Ken

    To bad he can't take Congress with him and we could start all over.

    December 6, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  11. TexicoFrom Mexico

    Shouldnt he be wearing a CLOWN SUIT? Like in one of those clown pictures? Better yet, put Palin in clown suit next to him and maybe throw in that retard huckabee as well.....they cold call it " first clowns of the 21st century"

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

    President Bush is one of our greatest presidents. You can call him a war monger, greedy, or whatever else you feel like. You can not take away his true patriotism, or his courage for standing what he believes in, and not worrying about the polls. God Bless President Bush, and all he has done for our Country, and the World.

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

    Please January 20th hurry up. I can't take anymore of this IDIOT

    December 6, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  14. Kathy

    This guy is such an idiot! I hope he fades into obscurity very soon.

    December 6, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  15. Ivan

    Weak humor now is all this idiot has left. If not for the unnecessary deaths, US and Iraqis, the shameful debacle of Kartrina, the total evil of himself and his henchmen Cheney, Rumsfeldt, Rove and a few others,one could feel sorry for him. Guess not.

    December 6, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  16. Neil

    "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?"

    Fix the mess you made.

    December 6, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  17. Mike

    Suddenly Bush is all about deflecting responsibility; that the economic disaster was seeded in the late 90's under Clinton. Who, sir, has been in charge for nearly a decade?!? What happened to the chest-beating on your "ownership society"?!? He was "disappointed" about the intelligence on WMD in Iraq. I'm sure MANY in America share this disappointment 5+ years into this war, especially with tensions building between two REAL nuclear powers – India and Pakistan. Only the most ardent Kool Aid drinker can overlook this President's severely flawed logic. I think the perspective of history will only sharpen the image of this man being an idiot and a clown.
    And comparing himself to a great Republican President like Lincoln? Pure egomania!

    December 6, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  18. S Callahan

    Or history will show he just took capitalism out of America by investing taxpayer money...let's hope not.

    I can't speak bad about him, I can't imagine carrying the burdens he has had. For me, if he was in the wrong he is accountable to God and there won't be any skirting around that.

    December 6, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  19. Robert S.

    Na na na na.... na na na na.... hey hey hey.... good bye.

    December 6, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  20. nancy

    A narcissist of very little brain (with apologies to A.A. Milne)

    December 6, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  21. David in Sandiego

    It is totally offensive for Bush to compare himself with Lincoln in any way.

    It insults the American public, any reader and student of history and all who value the meaning of genuine and honest leadership in a democracy.

    December 6, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  22. srs

    I'm sorry, but President Bush is no Abraham Lincoln. President Lincoln is best known for his role in ending slavery, promoting civil rights. On the contrary, President Bush will be best known for alienating Americans and foreign powers as a result of his policies.

    December 6, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  23. Mavericky

    i only wish that were true

    December 6, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  24. Ryan

    I like CNN's note at the bottom of the page about commets being apporiate, then you have what that moron at #17 says. He is the President of the United States, and deserves respect, if not for the man, at least for the office.

    December 6, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  25. John

    Funny listening to all you whiners and criers over President Bush. Get a life you pathetic lazy liberals.

    December 6, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
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