For a few minutes, George W. Bush was once again the focus of attention in the Oval Office at the White House. The former president hadn’t said anything dumb or made a controversial decision to garner that attention. In fact, he made a pretty good joke.
The reason Bush was the subject of attention was that he was at the White House to attend the formal unveiling of his official portrait.
Renowned artist John Howard Sanden painted the portrait. It features Bush standing in the Oval Office in a grey suit and blue tie–with his trademark American flag pin, of course–in front of one of his favorite paintings.
“Thanks so much for inviting our rowdy friends to my hanging,” Bush joked at the event. Several of the key figures from his presidency, including Colin Powell, Donald Rumsfeld, and Karl Rove, were present for the unveiling.
As is customary at these events, the current president had a lot of praise for the man who came before him. President Barack Obama acknowledged the strength Bush showed after 9/11. Obama did manage to sneak in a joke or two–including thanking Bush for setting the White House up with an awesome cable sports package–but the quips were harmless.