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George Bush's Hidden Talent: His Touching Paintings Of American Soldiers

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Back in 2013, some very sensitive information relating to a former president of the United States was leaked by hackers. They had gotten hold of emails sent to Dorothy Bush, George W. Bush's younger sister and George H.W. Bush's daughter.

The hackers released 2 very unusual photos from the emails which quickly went viral: they were a pair of paintings by the younger Bush. One showed him soaking in the bath tub, while the other showed him taking a shower.

Of course people didn't know what to make of these paintings, but president Bush set the record straight soon after. Since leaving the White House, painting had become a hobby of his, and these silly self portraits were just some practice for him.

A group of President Bush's paintings.Gawker
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Bush says that he took up painting to pass the time after his retirement. He started from scratch, with absolutely no artistic experience, and jokes that he had to learn that Burnt Umber was the name of a color and not a brand of paint.

Over the years he's done portraits of his pets, his family, world leaders and even Jay Leno. But a few more recently Bush started a much more meaningful project with his art.

Bush has painted more than 100 portraits of service members who fought in the military since 9/11, and he's using his art to help them recover here at home.

Click the next page to learn more about the project!

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