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. Larry

    Good point George W,and time will favor you,people will need to be further educated on what the real situation was that you walked into,and all that you have accomplished.

    December 6, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  2. Garfield

    Any American on here or anywhere who gives Bush any credit for keeping America safe or for not causing all the problems being faced today has to be dumber than Sarah Palin and let me tell you....that woman is extremely dumb.

    Ask the parents of the military who died or were injured in the needless war in Iraq who lost their sons and daughters or the hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi's families who lost their lives if they think Bush deserves any credit.

    Ask 90 % of the world population whether they think Bush deserves any credit for what he has done and they will tell you a flat big NO.

    Here we have Bush making stupid jokes and worrying about his picture while Obama who is not yet President trying to figure out ways to get the USA out of the mess its in.

    Yes you people who still think Bush deserves credit for what he has done are dumber than a sack of Hammers.

    I dare CNN to print this which, I am sure they won't, because it attacks the stupidity of all those who ever voted for Bush and I am sure they were many employed at CNN who did.

    December 6, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  3. HouseDiva

    One day my grandchildren will ask me "Grandma....why didn't the American people do nothing to stop Bush from causing the second great depression and WWIII?"

    and the only answer that i can give them is that we were fools for Bush...just like the Germans were fools for Hitler....they never stood up; neither did we.

    I will proudly tell my grandchildren that I've never voted for Bush, and that I wasn't fooled into accepting tyranny and propaganda for security and "freedom"

    Hopefully the American people can redeem ourselves through Barack Obama, and war & corruption trials; so that we wont be ashamed to tell our grandchildren that we were ALL asleep in the back while a madman(Bush) drove the bus off the cliff.

    December 6, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  4. Geraldine

    911 happened on his watch. He did not keep this country safe.

    December 6, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  5. creighton

    They should find some place in the basement to hang his portrait, where he is viewed by a majority of the American people.
    What a charade this man has played upon us. The house of cards he, Rove and others built has come tumbling down on him and in consequence the United States as a whole. It used to be tar and feather, put on a rail and run out of town. All in all it wouldn't treat him harshly enough.
    His 2 terms have done more to ruin this country than anything we have know in history to date. With luck we may survive.

    Now he leaves and goes about finding donors to his library that records his legacy. I will mail him a quarter and instruct him to use to call some one who cares.

    Good by, good riddance, may we never be visited upon by anyone like you again. You spread a blight and pestilence across this land, leaving death, ignoring destruction, focusing only on the attainment of politization of to the right wing of all of our government.

    December 6, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  6. Greg

    I love how all the liberals on this sight blame everything on GW Bush. The biggest problem with Wall Street is failed democrat policy on making loans available to non-qualifiers and Chis Dodd and Barney Frank asleep at the wheel when they were in charge of banking oversight. They were warned as early as 2003 and did nothing about it. So lets put blame where it is due. I also find it moronic that Dodd and Frank would be allowed to even be involved with dispersing bailout money.

    December 6, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Per Linda:
    George Bush does not SMIRK about the lives lost in Iraq. I have seen him speak of the young men that died and his lips trembling.
    You bet his lips are trembling when he says that, he knows that the blood of our brave men and women as well as over 1 million Iraqis are on his hands!
    You can thank him all you want, but he has done NOTHING to keep us safe. All he has done is create more hatred against our country.

    December 6, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  8. BT

    Per Linda:
    George Bush does not SMIRK about the lives lost in Iraq. I have seen him speak of the young men that died and his lips trembling.
    You bet his lips are trembling – he KNOWS that the blood of our men and women are on HIS hands, as well as the blood of over 1 million Iraqi men, women and CHILDREN!
    You can thank him all you want, but he has done NOTHING to keep us safe – what he has done is to create more enemies for our country.

    December 6, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  9. vahe

    ya u should be hanged

    December 6, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  10. 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. It is actually sad too. I feel sorry for you that you "suffered so long." I hope Obama can make you "feel" better about yourselves and your country.

    December 6, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  11. Jim in Bisbee

    I would love to examine the portrait and find what the artist has hidden in it.

    December 6, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  12. lakeside176

    I cannot believe the Republicans are still upholding George W. Bush. The 1990's were the best years in the last 50 years when Bill Clinton was POTUS. The economy was great, we had a surplus in the coffers and now we owe trillions, are in two wars and the economy is in shambles. The Republicans no doubt listen to only Faux News and are uninformed and/or misinformed. Get with the program and listen to different news shows and become informed.

    December 6, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  13. rob in vegas

    really ppl...grow up. you honestly think you could do his job better? you think if Kerry were in office we would be better off? try again...go back to bagging groceries and waiting on tables.

    December 6, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  14. UglyEgo3

    bush is an obnoxious PIG!! many BILLIONS in profits has his 'good ol boy' gang raked in from the war in Iraq that bush has orchestrated??

    December 6, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  15. Maureen

    I can not believe the deluded Republican comments being posted. You guys just don't want to get a grip on reality. It's always someone else's fault.

    Bush is a failure and the Republicans are to blame for the mess we are in. You've controlled the White House for the past 8 years and you controlled Congress for 16 years. The country was already headed for recession by the time the Democrats were elected. And our country was mired in a war that never should have happened.

    Wake up Republicans, WAKE UP! Your ideas have failed!

    I wish Bush would be hanged.

    December 6, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  16. bushsupporter

    Bush does not have to repair anything.
    When things really turn around in Iraq, and the process has been long underway, the American people will finally learn the truth, not the managed press' take on events.
    They will have to credit Bush.
    He is intelligent and articulate, and hs a great depracating sense of humor.
    Because peace and prosperity will break out in the Mid-East within 10 years. Bush will finally get the positive recognition he deserves.
    He will get the Nobel Peace prize in 2030, and deserve it, unlike Albert Gore.

    December 6, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  17. Observer

    I don't think people should hate Pres. Bush so much. I think he was just dealt a horrible set of cards. I wish him the best. I do agree he should have made better decisions but i am sure he did what he felt was right.

    December 6, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  18. Race to the Bottom

    I cant wait till the untold stories come out next year,Most of the insiders are still afraid to speakup.

    December 6, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  19. Brett

    You know, I could say a lot of bad things about him. But it is clear that it would be like kicking a dog while its down (and rightfully so). As long as he and everyone in his family tree just sits back for the rest of their lives and never makes a political decision again while America pulls herself up by her own bootstraps, I won't urge his hanging!

    December 6, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  20. Patriot

    I just hate it when the bush apologists blame the media for bush EARNED unpopularity, when it was the medai that sat silently while the UNPROVOKED Iraqi war was waged to kill so many Americans and INNOCENT Iraqis.

    Too bad that before this incompetent and failure was elected and re-elected, most Americans couldn't see the wild and wicked bush for the destructive and heartless creature that he really was.

    As governor, bush couldn't pardon from execution, an old woman that could have been his mother, and who could have been allowed to just rot in jail.
    Bush had to have that old woman and murderess killed, and for why? For he was a heartless son of a you know who.

    December 6, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  21. Bill

    How has Bush kept us SAFE when more than 4000 Americans have died in Iraq a war waged on lies or don't they count?

    December 6, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  22. D-

    I don't. I hope he's reminded for many years as to what a failure he's been to America for the past 6 years or so. By the media, by scholars, by historians and by the people.

    December 6, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  23. Dennis from Millbrae, CA

    They should have just framed a picture of Alfred E. Neuman and hung that on the wall

    December 6, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  24. Ron

    there are 45 days left of Bush and his gang of crooks. Too bad he can't leave now

    December 6, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  25. oh no i can't see

    Where's that windfall profit tax? We need the government to bail out the economy. Hurry up with that tax already Obama.

    December 6, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
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