Art and Autographs -- The George W. Bush and Julia Louis-Dreyfus Edition

Lots of people collect autographs of the Presidents. There are lots of things you have to watch out for – secretary, autopen, etc. Oh, there’s also the guy that bought an autographed picture of the White House, signed by Presidents, Vice Presidents, First Ladies…yet the charity selling it got it from Charity Fundraising Packages – which deals in forged items.

That being said, the presidential collectors must be jonesing to get their hands on one of George W. Bush’s paintings. The 43rd president said in an interview recently, “I tell people that the signature on my paintings is worth more than the paintings.”

He signs it with a simple “43,” but I think he should’ve just signed it “W” – like the bumper stickers all had. Or, what Michael Jordan does. Charles Barkley told me that he signs just his initials “MJ” but he makes it look like the number “23.” I could easily see how the “3” in “43” could’ve been a “W” – and he’d get them both in there.

As of now, the paintings haven’t gone up for sale. That tops the painting Jimmy Carter did that went for $250,000 at a charity auction.

Dwight Eisenhower and Winston Churchill were also known to paint, but I’ve never heard of any of their paintings selling in any auctions.

Vladimir Putin was a painter, and once sold a painting of one of his dogs to a Russian oligarch for over $1 million.

Putin is also one of the portraits W painted. There’s also German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, the Dalai Lama, his dad George H.W. Bush, and about 15 other heads of state.

The “Art of Leadership” is at the George W. Bush Presidential Center at Southern Methodist University until June 3rd.

And on a similar history lesson through art and autographs – there’s the recent Rolling Stone cover that had Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Seinfeld). She was nude on the cover, with the U.S. Constitution tattooed on her back. It was signed at the bottom (near her bottom) by John Hancock. Any of you history buffs (no pun intended) will realize there’s a big bottom…errr…big problem with that. You see, Hancock signed the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution.

The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia mocked the cover and tweeted a photo of the cover with some of the founding fathers that signed the Constitution, and the words “Thanks for the shoutout, but no Hancock here.”

Dreyfus tweeted the next day that it wasn’t a mistake, but the “John Hancock” was actually just a birthmark she had. She posted a cute baby photo as proof (see below).

I think the next autograph collector to get her signature should ask her to write “Here’s my John Hancock” above her signature.

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Tags: Charles Barkley, Dalai Lama, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Jordan, Vladimir Putin, Winston Churchill

Comment by Rick Meyer on April 19, 2014 at 6:04pm
No he wouldn't. My father wouldn't like vets running around calling everyone Commies and demanding this or that because he was in Nam. He would be embarrassed by the way you carry yourself.
Comment by Cogo on April 19, 2014 at 9:02pm
+1 Rick!

Joey, can you please stop talking about that and the commies and how thankful we all should be, in every post you make!

This has nothing to do here! We discuss autographs here, not politics!

As said, lots of respect if you were in Vietnam, but this isn't the place to discuss that...
Comment by Steve Cyrkin, Community Manager on April 20, 2014 at 8:31am

Rick and Don are right. With all due respect, this site is about autographs, not military service, car accidents or Vietnam...unless Ho Chi Minh signed for you while you were there. If you just want to shoot the breeze about other things than autographs, there are a million other sites.
Comment by Rick Meyer on April 20, 2014 at 9:00am
Ho Chi Minh was a communist. I'm not sure ole Joey boy was his biggest fan. LOL
Comment by wascher on April 20, 2014 at 3:12pm

Joey, do you have any autographs to speak about?  If so can you show them, maybe you can start a new thread on them, since this IS an autograph forum :)  Click on the forum button up on the top and pick a category and have some fun.  Show us your autographs .  We'd love to see them

Comment by Xwiesy on April 20, 2014 at 4:45pm
Trollin', trollin', trollin'...
Comment by JOEY DALUCA on April 20, 2014 at 5:13pm

you know what ole stevie boy your right.  i didnt get ole ho chi minhs autograph on a count of me being too busy fighting commies.  had i seen ole hoe chi minh i wouldve captured him not got his autograph.  my buddy ole ronny lacomb has an autograph of ole adolf hitler in his collection but he found it in a book at a garage sale.  ole ricky boy your right.  yours truly is not a fan of commies not at all i dont tolerate commies.  you wanna be a commie get your commie ass out of america.  ole wascher man (i remembered you dont like to be called boy) once my grandaughter teaches me how to post pictures i will post pcitures of some of my autographs.  i have a record signed by ole merle haggard and a record signed by ole bruce springsteen.  also i got many more records signed by many more people.  i got a baseball card signed by ole marky magwire.  and a baseball card signed by ole donny mattingly.  i have a scrap of paper signed by ole bobby dylan.  i was waitin outside the venue in the 90s for ole bobby dylan and he didnt sign.  i yelled at his bodyguard that i was a vet and the only reason he could write his songs was because he isnt a commie.  if he was a commie he would have to write about sharing.  anyways, ole joey boy here is gonna be more of a team player. no siree bob i will not be talking about commies anymore unless someone has an autograph of a commie.  

Comment by Xwiesy on April 20, 2014 at 5:32pm
cant a moderator just turn this crap off?
Comment by JOEY DALUCA on April 20, 2014 at 7:03pm

ole xwiesy boy i already said i would stop talking about commies you dont need to be rude to ole joey boy.

Comment by Xwiesy on April 20, 2014 at 8:46pm
thanks for clearing your crap up with crap, ole troll.


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