Former President George W. Bush unveiled his oil painting of Barney the Dog on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at the same time that he announced that his beloved Scottish Terrier had died. Barney was 12 1/2 years old when he succumbed to lymphoma.
The former president took up painting after leaving the White House, according to Swampland Time, and he likes to paint dogs. He signed this painting of Barney with a distinct "43."
This article on the Inquisitr discusses the fact that an unnamed observer described George W. Bush as almost agoraphobic in his enjoyment of painting and spending quiet time at home.
“He’s become increasingly agoraphobic … he doesn’t like people, he never did, he doesn’t now.”
Most people, however, would find it perfectly understandable that a two-term president would enjoy some quiet, private time after eight years of stress and constant scrutiny. Former President George W. Bush presided over one of the most difficult times in American history, beginning on Sept. 11, 2001, with the attacks on the World Trade Center.