Without doubt, this is my favorite museum in the District. I could get lost here for hours, if not days, in this wonderful American history review through portraiture (Is it a word? If not it needs to be.) Such studies of character in leadership at each stage in our country's history are priceless, especially as time goes by.
Anyway, Friday technicians hung our current and outgoing president's portrait in this museum right next to, you know who's. Bush's classmate at Yale, Robert Anderson, painted it for posterity to judge the man and his legacy. More of the story of the painter and the president is here. I like the more casual but determined qualities it portrays. But then I like George W. Bush and think history will treat him far, far better than this country's current, vociferous ingrates in the MSM and on the radical left now do.
To be sure, while I'm here in D.C., shuttling between here and New York, over the next few weeks, I plan to make at least a trip or two to see this new portrait in person. More.
This from the WSJ's Photojournal.
One thing that interests me from the above link on the painter Anderson is how he refers to the tie Bush was wearing in the portrait. Yet months later there is no tie. I think this is a story that needs some investigation and follow-up which I plan to do as I delve into the mystery of the president's lost tie. In any event, I like the portrait and think it belies our president's overall sanguine nature in the face of the most despicable criticism and disrespect during a difficult time in American history. Long live President and private citizen George W. Bush!