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Former President Bush to celebrate Vladimir Putin with portrait at library

Former President George W. Bush
Former President George W. Bush
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Former president George W. Bush has a thing for painting portraits. But one portrait that he plans to display at his presidential library in Dallas could not be coming at a worse time.

According to the New York Daily News on April 3, the former president will unveil two dozen portraits of world leaders at his presidential library on April 4. One of those portraits will be of Russian President Vladimir Putin, as to which the United States is currently mired in an east-west standoff with over that country's takeover of the Crimea peninsula.

Bush informed his daughter, Jenna, that none of the leaders he plans to feature in his library has seen his portraits. Bush made the statement during an interview on NBC's Today Show, which will air on April 4. Bush said of the paintings:

"I hope they take it in the spirit in which these were painted in. That was the spirit of friendship. And, you know, I admire them as leaders and was willing to give it a shot in terms of getting people to see how I felt about them."

Also in the interview, Bush also lashed out against the hacker who made his art hobby public in 2013. He said of the hacker:

"I was annoyed. It's an invasion of one's privacy."

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and the Dalai Lama are also among the leaders who will be premiered in the art show.

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