How has former president George W. Bush been spending his time out of office? By painting, of course.
We've long known of Bush's exploration of his artistic side. But now we get to see the results. Bush is unveiling more than two dozen portraits of world leaders for an exhibit called "The Art of Leadership: A President's Personal Diplomacy" at Southern Methodist University. Of his painting, Bush told his daughter Jenna Bush Hager: "There’s a Rembrandt trapped in this body."
For the 33rd year in a row in 2013, the sitting president won the title of "Most Admired Man," according to Gallup.
So who took second place? It was a tie between one man whose time in the spotlight has largely ended and another who is just getting started on the global stage.
We're talking about former president George W. Bush and Pope Francis, who each clocked in with 4 percent support in Gallup's annual poll of Americans, conducted in early December.
Note: We originally published this item on June 27. In light of Nelson Mandela's death, we have updated this item and are reposting it now.
There's the lasting image of Nelson Mandela and Bill Clinton looking out of the jail cell where Mandela spent years. Or the ceremony where he received the Liberty Medal in Philadelphia. And many more.
There's the lasting image of Nelson Mandela and Bill Clinton looking out of the jail cell where Mandela spent 17 years. Or the ceremony where he received the Liberty Medal in Philadelphia. And many more.
Over the years, the human rights icon, who is currently in critical condition with a lung infection, has met regularly U.S. presidents. Below we look back at some of the most memorable visits:
On Wednesday, we looked at the seven best moments of George W. Bush's presidency. Today, we take a look at the seven worst moments.
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7. The Plame affair
George W. Bush's presidential library will be dedicated Thursday, an event that is bringing the 43rd president back into the spotlight in a way he hasn't been since leaving office in 2009.
As we noted earlier this week, Bush is experiencing something of a comeback in the minds of the American people, with nearly half -- 47 percent -- now approving of the job he did in office.
Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert previews the upcoming dedication of George W. Bush's presidential library.
Days before the official opening of his presidential library, George W. Bush is experiencing something of a comeback when it comes to his public image.
Almost as many people (47 percent) approve of how Bush handled his eight years in office as disapprove (50 percent), according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. That's the highest approval rating for Bush since December 2005. Bush's approval dipped all the way to 23 percent in Post-ABC polling in October 2008 and was just 33 percent in January 2009 when he left office. (His approval rating was below 40 percent for 26 consecutive months before his term ended, the longest streak of sub-40 presidential ratings since polling began in the 1930s.)
A few months back, we wrote that the election most analogous to the 2012 contest was the 2004 race between President George W. Bush and Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry .
And, as the race has played itself out since then, we feel more and more confident in that comparison.
Former President George W. Bush reflected on his presidency in a rare public appearance Tuesday, poking fun at his low approval ratings and saying he didn’t miss being the leader of the free world.
“People ask, ‘Do you miss the presidency?’ I really don’t,” Bush said at an economic forum hosted by his George W. Bush Institute at the New York Historical Society. “I enjoyed it; it was an unbelievably interesting experience. It was inconvenient to have to stop at some stop signs — stop lights coming over here, but I guess I miss that.”
Newt Gingrich hasn’t just fallen in the GOP presidential race; he may be the most unpopular person in American politics right now.
Two new polls out this week show the former House speaker with an absolutely atrocious favorability rating.
A CNN/Opinion Research poll on Monday showed 63 percent of All Americans viewed Gingrich unfavorably, compared to just 25 percent who saw him in a positive light.
And today, a new CBS News/New York Times poll shows a similar split: 54 percent view Gingrich unfavorably, compared to 16 percent who say they feel positively predisposed towards him.