It's teevee's Cindy Williams!We were going to do some kind of comedy thing, regarding this dumb story about the National Portrait Gallery unveiling the paintings of George and Laura Bush, but why bother when the, uh, the CBS Evening News is already on the job:

A Public Hanging (Of Sorts) For The Bush Family
You’ve seen him assaulted with a shoe, but care to see President Bush “hung?”

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  1. A wealthy Texas garbage-man’s foundation came up with $40,000 for a sunlit scene of the First Lady reclined on her right elbow with a book propped on her lap.

    you’re right Ken; there really is nothing more to say about this.

  2. Every other President wore at least a tie! What a DOOSH!

    I’m guessing he feels people will stick his portrait in the basement for state dinners anyway.

  3. That’s great, but what’s with the jpg of Betty Crocker?

    When his time has come, I hope Preznit Unicorn breaks free from the inherent limitations of oil on canvas.

    Like, if he took the portrait of W off the wall, laid it on the floor, and took a dump on it. It’d be performance art and a metaphor.

  4. EWWW! I don’t ever want to see any reference to Bush hung again – the more I try not to picture it the more disturbing the images get. (Starting with the mega-crotch of Mission Accomplished fame.)

    Not enough bleach in the world to remove the taint from my brain (though perhaps 2 blunts might let me forget it for 4 hours).

    I want Bush beheaded, please.

  5. The first family wasn’t (quite) all jokes. As Mr. Bush reflected on being custodian of the presidency these last eight years, Knoller reports, tears welled in his eyes.

    Wow — until I read that sentence, I didn’t think I had anything in common with Dubya.

  6. $160,000 for that Bush painting and $40,000 for that one that is supposedly Laura? I’m clearly not charging enough for my paintings. Some artist made $40K for about 20 hours worth of work. This is truly the last personal kick in the nuts from these dinguses.

  7. What the hell is that shirt he’s wearing? Two breast-pockets and flaps? I’ve never seen that outside of ’70s cop TV shows.

    I’m sorry, but that shirt is an offense to men of decency and good-will everywhere. I throw a (figurative) shoe at that shirt.

  8. [re=203503]Campell-on-CNN[/re]: The symbolism of the roses in the background whose stems don’t…quite…reach the water is a little too sad.

  9. [re=203503]Campell-on-CNN[/re]: Cambell! you’re back! can you please explain WHAT, THE, FUCK anderson was doing calling us the Angry Left? It made me so made I had to go and read all 30 odd pages of camments on Glenn Greenwald’s post about the Rick Warren kerfloufle- now I’m really angry-

    btw is Laura supposed to be wearing a see through blouse?

  10. Bush gets honored with a portrait at the National Portrait Gallery instead of being tried at the Hague for war crimes? Kev-O-Tron is gonna be pissed …

  11. Bush looks like he’s taking English lessons.

    “Doooooooooooo yewwwwwwwwwwwwwwww wannnnnnnnnnnnnt friiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiies with thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?”

  12. [re=203534]mhale0[/re]: That COMPLETELY creeped me out. You pull that shit again and I’ll send MAD-Kev-MAD-O-MAD-DOG-Tron over to your house to bust yer lip.

  13. [re=203535]SayItWithWookies[/re]: Nice catch. Smart painter. At first I was like, what a shitty portrait, and then I realized Pickles must have requested that it be done in the manner of the Mary Cassatt picture of a mother and two daughters that is part of the White House collection and usually hangs upstairs in the hall. Poor, poor, Pickles and her SMU Impressionism 101 memories of life before she married that turd. The pictures will live in storage forever, just like all the Nazi propaganda portraiture from the 30s; something to be reproduced in black and white in a footnote just to show they existed.

  14. Screw portraits. The real question is: what will it be like to sit down at Disney World and see the Obama-robot addressing the masses.

    Youtube current show:

    Obama to come:

    “The animatronic likenesses of Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush were each voiced by their real-life counterparts and Disney hopes to continue the trend with President-elect Obama. The revamped show in the magic Kingdom is expected to be complete by the Fourth of July 2009.”

  15. [re=203566]anabellum[/re]: Yet the portrait doesn’t quite capture that dead-in-the-eyes look that she has from all the painkillers and anti-depressants she gobbles down daily

  16. [re=203531]I Am Not Your Gary Busey[/re]: The article says her portrait was done by “Aleksander Titovets” whose last name I choose to translate from Russian as “Man of the Titties”…

  17. [re=203528]jagorev[/re]: It’s from K-Mart’s Mark Trail collection. Adapted for the office, of course. I also like how the arms and hands are photorealistic, yet the head is flat and cartoonish.

    [re=203565]Vanity Smurf[/re]: I see the affect she must’ve been going for (something like this) but the painter way overdid the pink and orange tones, which look natural in the Cassatt.

  18. It looks as if w is wearing a buttoned down shirt that has two pockets, each with a flap on top?!?


    Jesus Christ, 1973 called and it wants its wardrobe back.

  19. [re=203574]p-Sludge[/re]: I hope Disney let’s W. be W. and feature the animatronic W. speaking non-sensical gibberish. And will he be reading My Pet Goat in the display?

  20. The Laura portrait looks nothing like her. The real Laura has smaller eyes, lower forehead, more of a double chin; generally a rounder face and thicker body. This painting looks like a Thomas Kinkaid job.
    I’d like to see how Lucian Freud would handle these portraits (no nudity though).

  21. [re=203683]S.Luggo[/re]: Probably woulda had more impact if I had spelled “outed” correctly though. And noticed the misspelling of Campbell sooner.

  22. [re=203683]S.Luggo[/re]: Aargh. Not paying attention to what you’re responding to. Going to run off for a while before I make more of a hash of my comments.

  23. [re=203704]murality[/re]: Point taken.
    A flap pocket on your shirt is essential to avoid jabbing yourself in the eye with the glass stem of your crack pipe should you go head-over-heels on your mountain bike at someplace like, to pick at random, you know, like, Camp David for example, also.

  24. [re=203759]gliberal[/re]: With a engraved sconce of the police report.

    But putting that in the print would be mean. Teenage accident. Plus she’ll never reach her husband’s body count in Iraq no matter how wildly she drives. Hope.

  25. [re=203505]queeraselvis v 2.0[/re]:
    He is.
    And Lauras breasts haven’t looked that perky since she blew that football hero under the high school bleachers.

  26. Laura should take a hint from the painter and pick a new shade of lipstick. The super-dark stuff I see in all the recent pix makes her look like the Joker (Cesar Romero vintage).

  27. This is not an original… I saw this painting for sale at the San Jose Flea Market back in 1983. Intrigued by its grotesqueness, I inquired about its provenance, only to be informed by the vendor (hawker) that said “painting” had been acquired at a garage sale in nearby Cupertino.

    I regret not inquiring further.

  28. I like Laura’s, it is graceful or some junk..
    I hate W’s. Eww what a disgrace to add to the presidential portrait gallery. It looks like they painted the inside of a doctor’s waiting room (FILING CABINET AS A BACKGROUND?! That must be a presidential first! Maybe to show where the real good intelligence was hidden all along?), added a nice flowering plant for color, and then cut out Bush’s face from a magazine and pasted it on the painted body. Seriously, it is like the worst painting (of a President, this year) ever.

  29. [re=203544]Perrys Mollycoddler[/re]: “Meat is hung; men are hanged” “Yes. We will hang him. Then he will be hung”: Terry Pratchett , one or other of those books of his, from memory

  30. Some enterprising chap or chapstress should take the painting and reproduce it so it adheres to the bottom of a toilet bowl. After repeated “usage” and flushings the picture should waste away, biodegradably of course. Perhaps with the line printed below: Thanks for the memories, thinking of you.

  31. [re=203771]RobPetrified[/re]: I was hoping that I wasn’t the only one who looked on the First Lady with lust in my heart (where is Jimmy Carter these days anyway?).

  32. Laura is fer sher no Campbell Brown, but she is, without a doubt the hottest 1st Lady in the past 100 years. At least. Who’s hotter? Tell me. Only one that comes close, IMO, is Jackie-O and she falls significantly short.

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