Presidents hope to leaving a lasting, stately image of themselves and their time in the White House. Now, President George W. Bush can rest assured his stately image will last at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
FOX News Radio's Jared Halpern explains from the West Wing:
Three members of the "President's Club" on hand for the unveiling of President George W. and former First Lady Laura Bush's White House portraits, a portrait the 43rd President says brings symmetry to the collection.
(President George W. Bush) "It now starts and ends with a George W."
While President Obama frequently complains about the economic mess he inherited from his predecessor, there were only kind words exchanged in the East Room.
(President Obama) "Michelle and I are grateful to the entire Bush family for their guidance and their example during our own transition."
As well as...
(President Obama) "Plus, you also left me a really good TV sports package."
President George H.W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush were also on hand.
At the White House, Jared Halpern, FOX News Radio.
WATCH the unveiling of the portraits HERE:
Below is information provided by the White House on the portraits unveiled Thursday:
President George Walker Bush
President George W. Bush is portrayed standing in the center of the Oval Office in the West Wing. His right hand rests on an armchair made for the White House in 1818 by District of Columbia cabinetmaker William King, Jr. A corner of the "Resolute desk," presented to the White House by Queen Victoria in 1880, can be seen behind the chair. Over his right shoulder hangs a 1929 western painting, A Charge to Keep, by William H. D. Koerner. The President, who had used the same title for his 1999 memoir, often called attention to that painting and its significance.
Mrs. Laura Welch Bush
For the setting of her portrait, First Lady Laura Bush selected the Green Room, as refurbished with her active participation in 2007. Wearing a midnight blue gown, she rests her left hand on a lyreback armchair attributed to the famous New York cabinetmaker, Duncan Phyfe, c.1810. Federal easy chairs, among antique American furniture added to the room in 1971-72, were reupholstered in a rich salmon-colored silk. The 1767 David Martin portrait of Benjamin Franklin hangs over the neoclassical mantel, acquired for the White House in 1818.
About the Artist
John Howard Sanden, born in 1935 in Austin Texas, now lives in Connecticut and maintains a studio in Carnegie Hall in New York City. Well known for his portraits of leaders of industry and education, he received the first John Singer Sargent Medal for Lifetime Achievement from the American Society of Portrait Artists in 1994.
As usual, the White House Historical Association contracted with the artist selected by the subjects and will donate the finished paintings to the White House as a gift of the George B. Hartzog, Jr. White House Acquisition Trust. In 2010, President Bush selected John Howard Sanden to execute his White House portrait. The success of the sittings and the portrait itself, completed in 2011, led Mrs. Bush to select Sanden for her portrait as well, finished in early 2012.