Those Bush Portraits Just Have to Go

Sorry, Mr. President, we hate you
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 3, 2009 1:35 PM CST
President George W. Bush particpates in the unveiling of The Union League of Philadelphia Presidential Portrait at their club in Philadelphia, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008.   (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama has plenty to do, but could he take on one more teensy little job? Because those Bush portraits just must come down, Michael Wiseman writes in the Washington Post. Way back in February 2001, the Bush administration rolled out an unusually high portrait deployment, plastering pictures of the president, vice president, and officials in every federal agency. “It’s time to call those troops home," writes Wiseman.

One British journalist said he had seen such portrait fetishism in only one other place: Saddam Hussein’s Baghdad. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, for example, has plastered some 73 photos of administration stalwarts outside her office, including 39 of herself. Those images, and many, many more are all public property, and ought to be auctioned off: “The money raised might be used, in part, to restore the lights in the Roosevelt Memorial.”