Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) needled his older brother, former President George W. Bush, for his painting habit.
“Heck, no!” Bush said Thursday at the National Review Institute Summit, when asked if he would enlist his brother to paint his official portrait should Jeb Bush ever be elected president.
“I’d like to wait till we get to the post-modern era of this,” he told the crowd of conservatives in Washington DC.
“He’s actually gotten a little bit better. He started with doing dogs, then he did landscapes, and now he actually gives paintings to people who are his friends and they put them up because they know ultimately they’re going to be incredibly valuable.”
The 43rd president picked up his painting habit after he retired to Texas after he left the White House in 2009.
The former Florida governor joked about his older brother’s artsy side and also weighed in on his famous political lineage.
At the Thursday event, National Review editor Rich Lowry asked Bush, “What is it about your mother that makes men associated with her about 10,000 times more likely than anyone else to hold high office?”
Bush laughed but didn’t want to belabor the point.
“It’s different, it’s unusual, I have enough self awareness to know it’s a kind of strange,” he said about the Bush family political dynasty.
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