The Day has come when George W. Bush is cool and Barack Obama is an embarrassment to the young people he enchanted into supporting him.
But how did something so unthinkable happen? Vanity Fair talks about George W. Bush evolution from the uncoolest person on the planet to a bonafide Hipster icon
If you are a liberal older than, say, 24—old enough to either hate Thought Catalog or not know what Thought Catalog is, is a better barometer—you know this. That George W. Bush is uncool, lame, establishment, square, and odious, etc., is a political fact as self-evident and unnecessary to argue as “Mitt Romney takes double-A batteries” or “Bill Clinton has an oiliness about him.”
But if you are younger than 24, you might not have attended anti-Bush rallies in high school and in college. You might not have pinned “SHRUB” buttons to your tote bag, and might not even remember Bush as a war-lovin’, vowel-droppin’, faux-folksy, ostentatiously religious Connecticut cowboy. This is because Bush has, quietly and wholly, ingeniously refashioned himself into an Internet-friendly, cat-loving, ironic-hat-wearing painter-cum-Instagram savant. Lately, George W. Bush is a hipster icon, and the Internet, unofficial Fourth Estate of the youth of America, is totally buying it.
Bush’s encouraging letter to student-athlete Cade Foster, the 22-year-old University of Alabama kicker who just about single-handedly (single-footedly) lost his team the 2013 Iron Bowl, is the Internet sensation of the week. How nice, Bush is, to reach out to a Troubled Youngster™! Foster’s photograph of the letter has more than 4,000 retweets; President Bush has innumerable new fans.
Though definitely aided by his love of animals, biking hobby, Internet savvy, and U-Street-friendly uniform, Bush’s transmutation from iPod-threatening lameness monster into smiling blog mascot aligns closely with his painting career. In February of this year, a hacker gained access to the e-mail account of Bush’s sister, Dorothy, and disseminated some of its content. Among the leaked documents: photographs of two of Bush’s painted self-portraits—the first America had ever seen—one set in a shower and the other in a bath tub.
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