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Washington Post: George W. Bush painted portrait of John Boehner

Posted September 13, 2019 3:23 p.m. EDT

— Former President George W. Bush painted a portrait of former House Speaker John Boehner as a gift for his retirement from Congress, according to The Washington Post.

A spokesman for Boehner told the Post the portrait was a gift before he resigned from Congress in 2015 and that it will not be hung as an official portrait in the speaker's lobby located in the US Capitol.

Podcast host Uncle Chaps said in a tweet on Friday that Boehner revealed the painting during an interview with Barstool Sports and included a photo of the portrait.

"He let us see something that no one else had before," he tweeted. "When he was leaving the position of Speaker of the House, he asked President George W. Bush to paint his official portrait."

The portrait adds to a collection of paintings by Bush, including portraits of Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Dalai Lama and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Bush, who has been painting since he left office in 2009, said he finds painting relaxing and was inspired by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, another avid painter. He hired an art teacher to help him with his hobby and, notably, told her he wanted to discover his "inner Rembrandt."

"Portraits of Courage," a collection of stories, 66 portraits and a four-panel mural that Bush painted to honor military veterans, was released in 2017.