As part of a continuing effort to paint over his legacy as a war criminal and the worst US president ever, George W. Bush will soon publish an art book, called Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors.
Due next February from Crown, the book will feature 66 of Bush’s portraits and a four-panel mural depicting American service members and veterans. Not featured: paintings of prisoners held without trial at Guantanamo Bay, paintings of the millions of Americans who lost their homes during the 2008 financial crisis, or paintings of “the ghost of the Iraqi child that follows him everywhere.” Weird! Maybe he’s saving those for his next book.
In the introduction, Bush describes the project as “more than an art book. This is a book about the men and women who have been tremendous national assets in the Armed Forces – and who continue to be vital to the future success of our country.” Stories of each veteran accompany the portraits. The original paintings will also go on view next year, shortly after the release of the book, at the George W. Bush Presidential Center on the campus of Southern Methodist University.
To further attempt to ease his conscience, Bush will donate the net author proceeds to his own nonprofit, which works in part to help post-9/11 veterans reintegrate into civilian life.