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. LM75

    Oh for him to disappear into the Mexican badlands to never be heard from or seen again. Back when he was in the news all the time I would have to keep changing channels in order to dodge him. Could not bear to hear the man speak.

    December 6, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  2. Mr Canada

    Mr President, I served with Abe Lincoln. I knew Abe Lincoln. Abe Lincoln was a friend of mine. President Bush, you're no Abe Lincoln.

    December 6, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  3. disingenuous smiles

    "Mostly just the media?" When a politician has a 24% approval rating and a 63% disapproval rating, that is not just the media. History will indeed give him what he deserves – the number one spot on the list of 'Worst Presidents Ever.'

    Fortunately, when he's 'not there to kick around anymore' we can get started on cleaning up the mess he's made – just like Democrats always do, fixing the wreckage left by short-sighted Republican idiocy.

    December 6, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  4. Sue

    1. We have been safe for seven years and I thank Mr. Bush for his courage in making these tough decisions.
    2. If these hanging remarks from bloggers were about the president-elect, there'd be a firestorm, so let's be respectful and stop the hate.
    3. Do you forget that Frank, Cox, and the Dem. controlled government had alot to do with the financial problems?
    4. Someone mentioned deporting Mr. Bush to Mexico. You believe in deporting someone who is a legal citizen who pays his taxes?
    5. Why am I bothering. If you get a hangnail, you'll blame it on(let me get it all straight) "Bush-Cheney-Rummy-Rove-Big Oil-Haliburton", yadda, yadda....

    December 6, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  5. Enema

    Nobody cares about what travails Bush feels he has endured. or gray hairs his job has earned him. He's made millions of Americans miserable and poor and thousands dead. Hang his portrait backwards.

    Good riddance to bad rubbish!

    December 6, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  6. Roloc

    @ redbarchetta88 I don't know.... when Bush isn't around to blame anymore maybe I will... take a vacation? Stop watching my 401k drop and start watching it go up? Stop eye'ing Canada and saying "Is it really that cold?" And most of all I may actually get involved in a government I can believe in.

    December 6, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  7. NeSS

    To the Weatherman: Please learn how to spell 'genius' before you try to figure out who is one.

    In case you hadn't noticed...Bill Clinton left us with a surplus, so of what do you speak? His rough times had to do with getting some from under the desk – something the Republicans pounced on (whilst they were doing the same thing: ask Newt Gingrich or Foley). The genius of the man and his cronies is that he is gifting them and the corporate elite-after they gambled with credit swaps and more and played a bad hand-with even more money, so they don't 'suffer' any hardships after Bush and company walk out the door. Darlin', if you really believe what you wrote, just go back, sit down and watch American Idol and pick up your triple whopper – and wait for your job to disappear.

    December 6, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  8. JackNC

    If only it was true, Can I pull the lever please. , please.. please..

    December 6, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  9. Me

    Bush was not a horrible president, he was an average president who surrounded himself with horrible people.

    December 6, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  10. Denise

    It's a shame the way this country treats Bush. The economic troubles today started many years ago. These things take a long time to manifest and are the result of poor decisions, particularly in the real estate lending markets. The war was supported by both parties, but when it became unpopular, Bush is again the scapegoat. History will serve him well. He freed people from a ruthless dictatorship and the Iraqi people are thriving. It takes time and much progress has been made. Thank you George Bush. God bless you and Laura.

    December 6, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  11. Eric Tedford

    Carter is the worst President in my lifetime. Can't speak about the others. Someone states high gas prices. Gas is under $2. But, blame Bush for only the bad things, right?

    December 6, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  12. Jasper von Blowhole

    There's no controversy... everyone is in total agreement: You suck Bush, and you ruined the country with your simpleton, fifth grade mind..

    December 6, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  13. John Cullen

    Bush thinks he knows how a real president like Lincoln felt? Bush is the greatest joke in history since Nero and Caligula–as are his followers. Look at our country–pretty much destroyed by the neoclowns.

    December 6, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  14. SteveMan

    Thank you for your service President Bush. The factual ignorance of those on display on this board and the pure hate is just the proof that Washington will always be decisive. All the best to you.

    December 6, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  15. William

    Ol' Dubbya shore is a funny dood

    December 6, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  16. Scott, Oregon the Left Coast

    Just go away already!

    December 6, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |

    Worst President ever! He even makes Buchanan look good!

    December 6, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  18. Taylor

    George Bush is complete fool. He kept us safe by taking our liberties. Ben Franklin once said, "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."

    I am sure Bush meant well but I bet his rich buddies did as well.

    December 6, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  19. Rick, Ontario

    This is the right thing to be doing, bush is a war criminal and deserves to be hung, but not in a portrait. He had men severe a head so he could have it in his office... what else needs to be said. Bush is evil.

    December 6, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  20. mollyotis

    I'm proud to have served under him, and hope one day to meet the man and thank him for keeping me and my family safe. Thank you Mr. President!

    December 6, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  21. Jay

    It's too bad most of you can't step back from partisan bickering and respect the man. We haven't had an attack at home after 9/11. Thank you President Bush... I know these certainly haven't been the easiest of times, but the world is a safer place because of your presidency

    December 6, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Why didn't Bush get a caricature done? It will represent his influence on Americans during his presidency!!!

    December 6, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  23. Vic of New York

    For Bush to imply that he knows anything of how Lincoln may have felt is pretty much the dumb "boy of priviledge" talking. This dope wouldn't have the sense to know how a dear feels when it's watching a set of headlights approaching.

    That said, he apparently, if unconsciously, does have some sense of reality: Many Americans would very much welcome his hanging!

    December 6, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  24. Laura

    Oh George, you certainly won't be missed

    December 6, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  25. alvino

    Bush did not inherit a mess, he created a mess and our great grandchildren will still be paying for it.

    December 6, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
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