Barack Obama’s Art Collection

08/28/2012 10:13 AM |

2. Laura and George W. Bush portraits

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Every president and first lady gets one; it’s just a perk that comes with the position. These portraits by John Howard Sanden were installed in May 2012. At the unveiling ceremony, President Obama gave an appreciative speech about the Bushes:

Finally, on a personal note, Michelle and I are grateful to the entire Bush family for their guidance and their example during our own transition. George, I will always remember the gathering you hosted for all the living former Presidents before I took office, your kind words of encouragement. Plus, you also left me a really good TV sports package. I use it.

Image source: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images North America

4 Comment

  • No homage to Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, to the Sooners,the explorers of the west as depicted by Bierstadt, the beauty of the Hudson Valley, the stunning depictions of this great land by T. Moran; where is the industrial revolution depicted and the incomparable achievements of true American. Lost in his taste for art is history which is ignored for popular replications of work which have been classified as art by a rich,elite,oligarchy of self absorbed charlatans. When the world’s “best art critics” cannot distinguish between the fake or real splattering and drippings of paint by a five year old and those of the regal,godlike Jackson Pollock the fraud of the entire field becomes evident. When silk screens of Campbell soup cans become art, Barack Obama becomes president and all values are lost.

  • Mr. Faller’s dyspeptic remarks stand as an objet trouv√© worthy of being added to the White House collection. I suggest hanging it over the toilet.

  • Now, now, don’t fret Mr. Faller. I’m sure next week’s piece on Mitt Romney’s collection will satisfy all your needs for predictability and revisionist art.

  • What a stellar collection of inspiring American artists!