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.

By | 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.

Bush and Putin. Photo from TODAY

"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.”  

Barney. Painting by George W. Bush

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.

Mrs. Beazley. Painting by George W. Bush

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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Melissa   Sorrento, International

4/8/2014 12:26:29 PM

Eric, your penis is small.

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Eric   Port Lambton, International

4/6/2014 12:27:18 PM

Bush continues to be a joke compared to President Putin. Mr. Putin has a mans dog, big filled with energy and can be used to hunt ducks and rabbits where a Terrier is breed to find rats, so it must have been very busy in the Whitehouse. Small dogs are for feminine men which describe the Bush family accurately. Hunting dogs are for sportsmen which the wold knows Mr. Putin is. So all you tiny dog owners look in the mirror and be happy you support the gay agenda of American Politics while the Russians great leader represents men of a greater era when we could all be proud of our of a rugged lifestyle that could provide substance for our wife and children.

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