Will George Bush Ever Paint the Ghost of an Iraqi Child?
Posted in the Minneapolis Forum
Since: Apr 12
#1 Apr 18, 2014
The Onion News Network was always the best place to look for an honest review of George W. Bush's post-presidential painting hobby, and here it is at lastincluding an analysis of the ghost of an Iraqi child that follows him everywhere that should be in every painting but, sadly, is usually replaced by a puppy dog or an impersonal caricature of some foreign leader's Google photo.
Its hard to tell which is funnier: the paintings themselves (the Onion artist who copied Bushs primitive style captures his flat planes and between-the-lines coloring practice), or the upbeat chit-chat of the Onion News host and correspondent, who perfectly mimic the mainstream medias happy-talk accounts of Bushs surprising hobby.
Showing one morbid painting after another, the host says,You can see that Bushs art is improving over time. At first he could barely draw the Iraqi childs transparent hands, but now they look much more realistic! George and Laura are shown smiling in one work, and seem not to notice that W is holding the bleeding, dead Iraqi child in his arms.
This is, of course, the opposite of what Bushs paintings really do, which tend to hide things about the ex-POTUS rather than reveal them. Just as his self-portraits in the shower cover up his private parts, Bush would rather paint Putin or a Saudi noble than one of his own controversial lieutenants, like Cheney or Rumsfeld. That would be getting too close to home.
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The Onion paintings get grislier and grislier. One depicts Bushs bedroom at the Crawford ranch splattered in blood with Manson-like zeal.Laura Bush says hes more focused than ever, locks himself away for hours at a time and wont talk to anyone while hes painting, the host says.
Its more or less what many of us have imagined: that George Bush is going quietly bonkers after years of repressing the reality of what hes done. In real life, however, Bush paints to forget, not to expose.
Watch the Onion video below (and a similarly themed video from cartoonist Mark Fiore here):
Saint Paul, MN
#2 Apr 18, 2014
Nope because a innocent Iraq child doesn't matter.
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