George W. Bush Paintings Bring 'Air Force Awkward' Together

Bush 43 showed his artwork to Hillary Clinton, Michelle O.

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Former President George W. Bush shows Hillary Clinton and others his paintings on a tablet on Air Force One.
Former President George W. Bush shows Hillary Clinton and others his paintings on a tablet on Air Force One.

While our own Ken Walsh pointed out the power of long Air Force One trips to bring politicos together, CNN's Jake Tapper dubbed this week's almost 20-hour flight to South Africa to memorialize Nelson Mandela "Air Force Awkward," with President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton all aboard.

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From the images snapped by White House photographer Pete Souza, the trip - at least briefly - turned into Air Force Awesome, as former President Bush showed off some of his latest paintings to a crowd. Bush showcased his artwork, using a tablet device, to Clinton, Michelle Obama, White House adviser Valerie Jarrett, Attorney General Eric Holder and national security adviser Susan Rice, who looks especially tickled. Laura Bush was part of the powwow, too.

In recent months, Bush has refocused his paintbrush, creating portraits of people instead of dogs and cats. Last month, during an appearance on the "Tonight Show" with Jay Leno, the 43rd president dazzled the late night host with a colorful portrait of Leno.

"Oh, what an honor that is," Leno said. "I can't make fun of him now."

 

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