George W. Bush: 'People Are Surprised I Can Even Read'

Talks about his paintings in new interview

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 15, 2013 8:20 AM CDT

(Newser) – George W. Bush took up painting after leaving the presidency, and now he's offered the Dallas Morning News a look at some of his work—specifically, paintings of two of his dogs, plus two paintings of his ranch. "People are surprised" by the new hobby, he says, adding, "Of course, some people are surprised I can even read." But that's OK, because he takes "great delight in busting stereotypes," he says. Why painting? "It’s a way to create," Bush says. "I enjoy creating. … You can express yourself in a way that’s unique." The tidbit comes as part of a longer interview in advance of his presidential center opening. (In other W news, he's a new grandpa.)

George W. Bush gives a thumbs up as he visits the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln off the California coast on Thursday, May 1, 2003.
George W. Bush gives a thumbs up as he visits the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln off the California coast on Thursday, May 1, 2003.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
In this June 25, 2001 file photo, President Bush does his best to salute while holding his dog Barney as they get off of Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md.
In this June 25, 2001 file photo, President Bush does his best to salute while holding his dog Barney as they get off of Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
This Dec. 19, 2008 file photo shows President George W. Bush speaking about the auto industry, in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington.
This Dec. 19, 2008 file photo shows President George W. Bush speaking about the auto industry, in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington.   (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds, File)
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