In Hacked Emails, Bushes Prepare for George's Death

Plus: A look at W's paintings

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 8, 2013 12:14 PM CST

(Newser) – A hacker has breached the personal email accounts of several Bush family members and friends, and discovered that the family was actively preparing for George HW Bush's death during his recent hospital stay. In material given to the Smoking Gun, the former president's chief of staff sent Bush's children a message saying, "Your dad's funeral team is having an emergency meeting at 10am," adding that this info "fell under the broadening category of things NOT TO TELL YOUR MOTHER."

George W. Bush also said he was "thinking about [a] eulogy" in a Dec. 26 email. "Hopefully I'm jumping the gun. But since the feeling is that you all would rather me speak than bubba, please help." (The "bubba" in question apparently being Bill Clinton.) Jeb suggested talking about how Bush helped Clinton "restore his sordid reputation"—though he added it "might be tough to say it that way in a eulogy with President 42 there." The emails also contain several family photos, and the world's first look at the paintings of George W. Bush, including self-portraits of him showering and taking a bath.

Apparently, this is a self-portrait painted by George W. Bush.
Apparently, this is a self-portrait painted by George W. Bush.   (The Smoking Gun)
In this Tuesday, June 12, 2012 file photo, President George H.W. Bush, and his wife, Barbara, arrive for the premiere of HBO's new documentary about his life in Kennebunkport, Maine.
In this Tuesday, June 12, 2012 file photo, President George H.W. Bush, and his wife, Barbara, arrive for the premiere of HBO's new documentary about his life in Kennebunkport, Maine.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
In this Dec. 26, 2008 file photo, President George W. Bush walks with his father, former President George H.W. Bush, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md.
In this Dec. 26, 2008 file photo, President George W. Bush walks with his father, former President George H.W. Bush, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
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