Vladimir Putin "Dissed" Barney
Former president George W. Bush reveals his artwork and an encounter with Putin that was less than kind to Barney, the former first dog.
Samantha Meyers |
Posted: April 4, 2014, 4 p.m. PST
Former president George W. Bush is unveiling a new painting exhibit this weekend that features his artwork of family, pets and many of the world leaders he worked with while in office.
While watching Bush's interview with daughter Jenna Bush Hager on Today, we hoped that they would show the former president's renditions of his Scottish Terriers, Barney or Mrs. Beazley, but the discussion of dogs came up while the pair viewed a more unexpected painting. While taking a closer look at the painting of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Bush shared a story in which Putin "dissed" his beloved dog Barney.
"As you know, our dear dog Barney, who had a special place in my heart — Putin dissed him and said, ‘You really call that a dog?’’’ Bush tells Hager. "A year later, your mom and I go to visit and Vladimir says, ‘Would you like to meet my dog?’ Out bounds this huge hound, obviously much bigger than a Scottish terrier, and Putin looks at me and says, ‘Bigger, stronger and faster than Barney.’"
"I just took it in. I didn’t react," says Bush. "I just said, ‘Wow. Anybody who thinks ‘my dog is bigger than your dog’ is an interesting character.’ And that painting kind of reflects that.”
Until recently, Bush's love of painting was something not many people knew about. The former president’s office first released one of his paintings, a portrait of his dog, Barney, after the Scottish Terrier died in February.
According to Dallas news, Bush judged his rendering of Barney as "a good painting because it was painted with affection.” We couldn't agree more.
Bush had a few dogs during his term in office, one of whom was a puppy from Bush Sr's dog Millie. "Spotty Fetcher," named for Texas baseball player Scott Fletcher was the only pet to live in the White House during two non-consecutive terms. Spotty was sister to Bush's other Scottish Terriers Barney and Mrs. Beazley. Joked to be more popular than the president, Barney had his own official web page which redirected to an extension of the White House website.
The exhibit which is on display at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas, features a variety of the former president's work.
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