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

(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.)

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