It’s never too late to adopt new hobbies, and former President George W. Bush, who finished his second term in 2008, has taken up painting in his “agoraphobic,” apparently anti-social post-presidential years. The 66-year-old, who has a place in Texas, doesn’t stick to simple shapes or easy projects, either. The dog owner of two likes to paint pups and “arid Texas landscapes.”
In a New York Magazine story about former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, a former Bush administration aide said of Dubya, “I find it stunning that he has the patience to sit and take instruction and paint.”
I suppose he had to fill his days with another artistic venture upon finishing 2010 memoir Decision Points, a 481-page book about his experiences as our nation’s leader. The work quickly became a #1 NYT bestseller, but W., who has kept a relatively low profile since his presidential exit four years ago, could very well be a far cry from his well-documented sociable, fratty college self. A source told the publication that Bush appeared uncomfortable at a recent screening of 41 and isn’t keen on leaving the house:
“He’s become increasingly agoraphobic. He looked startled by the whole thing. But he doesn’t like people, he never did, he doesn’t now.”
In other words, don’t go knocking on his door asking to see any of his canine canvas creations.
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