George W. Bush

Portrait of the war president as an artist

Portrait of the war president as an artist

George W. Bush wants us to forget. Because we are Americans, we're likely to fall for it.

In "Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief's Tribute to America's Warriors," the forty-third President of the United States presents a book of sixty-six full-color portraits and a four-panel mural that he painted of military members who were harmed in the two wars that he lost.

Of the paintings themselves, one might observe that his work is better than a fairground caricature, better than a Paint Nite canvas. He's better than some MICA graduates, while not as good as others. The portraits themselves are mostly unremarkable, but compared to the earlier paintings he did of...