I would love to see this exhibit.
And what a great interview. Note the reference to Churchill, the humor, and the relaxed and affectionate interplay between the family members, as well as Bush’s articulate and fluid manner of speaking. Gone is his studied carefulness, the fear of making an error that his enemies could pounce on that (IMHO) caused some disfluency during Bush’s presidency. Of course, it probably helps that he’s speaking to family members, and about his love of painting.
Laura looks great, too. What’s her secret?
My favorite quote from the interview:
“As you know, our dear dog Barney, who had a special place in my heart — Putin dissed him and said, ‘You call it a dog?’” Bush recalled. “A year later, your mom and I go to visit and Vladimir says, ‘Would you like to meet my dog?’ Out bounds this huge hound, obviously much bigger than a Scottish terrier, and Putin looks at me and says, ‘Bigger, stronger and faster than Barney.’
“I just took it in. I didn’t react,” Bush continued. “I just said, ‘Wow. Anybody who thinks ‘my dog is bigger than your dog’ is an interesting character.’ And that painting kind of reflects that.”
Here’s a close-up of Bush’s portrait of Putin (the NBC logo is not part of the painting), which I think is quite fine, as well as revealing of Putin’s character:
[NOTE: There's a gallery of Bush's portraits here.]