Presidential Portraits: George W. Bush Unveils His Paintings of World Leaders

Friday, Apr 4, 2014  |  Updated 4:48 PM PDT
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George W. Bush Unveils His Paintings of World Leaders

Former President George W. Bush shares an exclusive, first-ever look at the portraits he painted of fellow world leaders, including his most personal subject: his own father.

His interest with painting began two years ago after using drawing app, Penultimate, on his iPad. After moving on from his stick figure drawings, he enlisted the help of an art instructor who he tasked with unleashing the Rembrandt "trapped in this body."

TODAY contributing correspondent Jenna Bush Hager reports in the video clip below:

Later, former first lady Barbara Bush joined TODAY to chat about her son, the former president, and his new painting hobby. She gives thumbs up to a portrait he did of his father: “He’s good.” But when asked if she'll sit for a portrait herself, she says, "Absolutely not." 

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