Here are George W. Bush’s Leader Portraits

Yesterday, we promised that George W. Bush’s world leader portraits would be unveiled today and here they are. In the “Today Show” segment with his daughter and NBC correspondent Jenna Bush, the former president revealed the catalyst for his interest in painting. “I was inspired partially by Winston Churchill,” Bush said. “He wrote a great essay called “Painting as a Pastime.” I wanted to make sure that the last chapters of my life were full and painting it turns out would help occupy not only space but kind of open my mind.”

“The Art of Leadership: A President’s Personal Diplomacy” opens at the George W. Bush Presidential Library tomorrow, but for now check out the interview and a look inside Bush’s studio here.

Self-portrait

Former British prime minister Tony Blair

Israel’s former prime minister Ehud Olmert

Václav Havel, the first president of the Czech Republic

President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Russian president Vladimir Putin

Former Japanese president Junichiro Koizumi

Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai

The Dalai Lama

— Ashton Cooper (ashton_cooper)

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