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(Slate)   Not news: George W. Bush identifies with a missionary in the painting that is now in the background of his White House portrait. Fark: The man depicted is actually a horse thief fleeing a lynch mob   (slate.com) divider line 35
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2012-06-01 12:01:44 AM  
We should have been that mob. Then it would have been the perfect analogy of his last few months in office and afterwords.
 
2012-06-01 01:01:58 AM  
"In the magazine, the illustration bears the caption: "Had His Start Been Fifteen Minutes Longer He Would Not Have Been Caught."

Bush's fifteen minutes is up.
 
2012-06-01 01:02:51 AM  
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2012-06-01 01:03:16 AM  

Coelacanth: "In the magazine, the illustration bears the caption: "Had His Start Been Fifteen Minutes Longer He Would Not Have Been Caught."

Bush's fifteen minutes is up.


The statute of limitations, not so much.
 
2012-06-01 01:31:40 AM  

jaytkay: [lh3.googleusercontent.com image 600x434]


I wondered why the portrait just seemed odd. I couldn't understand why I didn't like it
 
2012-06-01 01:37:59 AM  

Coelacanth: "In the magazine, the illustration bears the caption: "Had His Start Been Fifteen Minutes Longer He Would Not Have Been Caught."

Bush's fifteen minutes is up.


He should celebrate by traveling to other countries.
 
2012-06-01 01:41:41 AM  
Seems clear to me the man on the horse is fleeing from the men behind him. Why someone might think him a missionary, I'll never know.
 
2012-06-01 01:42:50 AM  
I lost complete faith and respect for our country's citizens the day he was re-elected.

For now on I do not trust any president without a beard.
 
2012-06-01 01:43:30 AM  

Ed Finnerty: He should celebrate by traveling to other countries.


I hear Western European nations are very nice this time of year.
 
2012-06-01 01:46:12 AM  

jaytkay: [lh3.googleusercontent.com image 600x434]


I see you read the same Gawker article I did. That made me literally lol.
 
2012-06-01 01:46:53 AM  

PapaChester: I lost complete faith and respect for our country's citizens the day he was re-elected.

For now on I do not trust any president without a beard.


Is Tom Cruise running this year?
 
2012-06-01 01:47:00 AM  

Ed Finnerty: He should celebrate by traveling to other countries.


And then we all can celebrate ;)
 
2012-06-01 01:52:04 AM  

PapaChester: I lost complete faith and respect for our country's citizens the day he was re-elected.

For now on I do not trust any president without a beard.


Who are you talking about, Grover Cleveland?
 
2012-06-01 01:54:52 AM  
Spreading the gospel of cut-throat capitalism, no doubt.
 
2012-06-01 05:38:37 AM  

Ed Finnerty: Coelacanth: "In the magazine, the illustration bears the caption: "Had His Start Been Fifteen Minutes Longer He Would Not Have Been Caught."

Bush's fifteen minutes is up.

He should celebrate by traveling to other countries.


Maybe he could visit Europe's old palaces? Here's one.

www.articlesweb.org
 
2012-06-01 06:59:38 AM  

JasonOfOrillia: Spreading the gospel of cut-throat capitalism, no doubt.


Crony capitalism.

It's a weird mindset of the small town religious: "what we're doing is probably - technically - illegal but that's alright, we're all friends here".

I will miss his impassioned Presidential speeches about gynecology though.
 
2012-06-01 07:18:35 AM  
You can get any portrait artist on the planet to paint you and your wife and you pick some middle grade talent that is available at any Senior Center art exhibit.
 
2012-06-01 07:25:44 AM  

Alphax: Seems clear to me the man on the horse is fleeing from the men behind him. Why someone might think him a missionary, I'll never know.


Obviously the missionary had just explained about tithes.
 
2012-06-01 08:45:37 AM  

Alphax: Seems clear to me the man on the horse is fleeing from the men behind him. Why someone might think him a missionary, I'll never know.


The answer is obvious: the United States has a long history of of persecuting Christians, especially Protestant Christians. It was incredibly common for those understated, caring missionaries to be chased out of rural towns while trying to spread the Good Word. It's a surprise that Christianity is even accepted in this county at all, given trials and tribulations early American Christians faced.
 
2012-06-01 08:49:33 AM  
Beady little eyes.
 
2012-06-01 08:49:36 AM  
I can't think of anything more apt than a criminal successfully evading justice.
 
2012-06-01 09:12:05 AM  
So what? Art is subjective. Missing the point is half the point. Making your own point is the other half.
 
2012-06-01 09:18:38 AM  
And that's not even mentioning the fact that the painting, without context, gives zero indication it's a horse thief fleeing. Just one man riding with two men following. There's also a physical resemblance between the rider and Bush (particularly the hairline), so it's little wonder it captured his eye.

It doesn't hurt that Bush associated it with Methodism and Methodist riders, given that A Charge to Keep is a Methodist hymn written by Charles Wesley (one half of the Methodist Wesleyan movement, along with his brother John).

Of all the things somebody could point at W. for and go "that's dumb," this just isn't one of them.
 
2012-06-01 09:29:06 AM  

Alphax: Seems clear to me the man on the horse is fleeing from the men behind him. Why someone might think him a missionary, I'll never know.


Because missionaries were often chased out with barely their clothes -- and sometimes with none -- by natives while their houses burned from fires set by... natives.

/read "Lies My Teacher Told Me"
//let me tell you about 'god'
///if someone wants to talk to you -- especially at great length -- about 'god'
//and you listen...
/you're sold and you will believe anything they say
/i am at a loss for words about all the parallels I'm sure the 1%ers are all laughing their asses off about right now

"lol and this one's george getting away scot-free after killing millions of Iraqis after he illegally invaded Iraq for its oil!" *tink* (champagne glasses) "and he got Saddam executed for gassing 143 kurds back in the 80s! LOL"


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Dr. Mojo PhD: Of all the things somebody could point at W. for and go "that's dumb," this just isn't one of them.

 
2012-06-01 09:53:43 AM  
From Wikipedia:
According to Harpers Magazine, "The artist, W.H.D. Koerner, executed it to illustrate a Western short story entitled 'The Slipper Tongue,' published in The Saturday Evening Post in 1916." (However, according to the Google Books scan of this issue, the painting that accompanies 'The Slipper Tongue' is different.)

Link to the Google Books scan.
 
2012-06-01 10:28:39 AM  
"All I did was tell them they were having sex the wrong way!" --Flanders
 
2012-06-01 10:48:49 AM  
From the Wikipedia article about Bush's book "A Charge to Keep":

A painting by W.H.D. Koerner, lent to Bush, shows a horseman charging up a rugged mountain trail, followed by others. In the book, Bush says this scene "epitomizes our mission":
" When you come into my office, please take a look at the beautiful painting of a horseman determinedly charging up what appears to be a steep and rough trail. This is us. What adds complete life to the painting for me is the message of Charles Wesley that we serve One greater than ourselves. "

The painting hung on the west wall of the Oval Office during Bush's presidency.[5] He has explained to journalists that its title is "based upon a religious hymn. The hymn talks about serving God."[6] The phrase "A Charge to Keep" was attached to the painting because it was used to illustrate a short story of this title by Ben Ames Williams published in 1918 by Country Gentleman magazine.


Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find the particular issue of Country Gentleman that contains this picture. I think it would have been in the early issues of 1918, but Google Books only has issues from May on.
 
2012-06-01 11:40:37 AM  

imontheinternet: I can't think of anything more apt than a criminal successfully evading justice.


His family's engrained in US politics; his father profited handsomely by selling steel to Nazi Germany before and even after the US entered WW2. "Their actions were so overt as to warrant being seized by the US government under the "Trading with the Enemy Act."

tinyurl.com/carlylegrp

/the best enemies money can buy
//from hitler to saddam to OBL-How they profited from killers of Americans
 
2012-06-01 11:41:36 AM  
Woops... his grandfather, Prescott Bush, sold steel to Nazi Germany.

I'm sure we all know who Dubya's father was.
 
2012-06-01 02:03:28 PM  

urban.derelict: Woops... his grandfather, Prescott Bush, sold steel to Nazi Germany.

I'm sure we all know who Dubya's father was.


Prescott Bush was also involved in the Business Plot to overthrow FDR and install Smedley Butler as a fascist dictator, along with JP Morgan's successors, Henry Ford, and the usual cast of rich asshole Nazi sympathizers.
 
2012-06-01 02:54:06 PM  
The analogy. It burns.
 
2012-06-01 02:57:22 PM  

urban.derelict: Woops... his grandfather, Prescott Bush, sold steel to Nazi Germany.

I'm sure we all know who Dubya's father was.


Cheney?
 
2012-06-01 04:54:07 PM  
Only an idiot could look at that painting and not realize the man galloping on the horse is fleeing from the two figures behind him. Well....
 
2012-06-01 05:13:10 PM  
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2012-06-01 09:27:15 PM  
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