Bush’s Brush Coloring Leadership

Former President George W. Bush and dog Barney home home on the ranch. Photo by The Washington Post

The 43rd president of the United States has taken selfies to a new level.

And portraits of others as well — of all the leaders he’s known before.

The BBC’s man in Dallas suggests that Bush, known for a “black and white” view of the world in office, has blossomed in a whole new light. He’s also progressed from portraits of his dog to pictures of Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel, the Dalai Lama and other leaders he got to know in two terms of globe-trotting.

They’re on display at the Bush Presidential Library at Southern Methodist University, whose construction was something of a controversy in its time — many bishops within the Methodist Church, which owns the campus, upset with hosting a center for a leader who took the nation to war in Iraq.

He says he drew his inspiration from another wartime leader, Winston Churchill.

As it turns out, Bush’s brush has painted an entirely different face on the center.

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