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 JOEY DALUCA on April 15, 2014 at 6:26pm

great post here joshy boy.  the thing about rolling stone is theyll put just anyone on the cover nowadays.  even 20 years ago you had to do something spectacular to get on the cover.  now they put terrorists and whores on the cover all the time.  ill tell ya ole joshy boy its not like it was in our time.  the thing about people who werent around in our time is that they know squat about our time.  they think that they do but they aint know crap.  now adays everyone thinks they know everything.  let me just tell ya ole joshy boy in my time if you were wrong you admitted it like a man.  you didnt try and lie and hide it like a commie would

Comment by Steve Zarelli on April 15, 2014 at 6:54pm
LOL. Love the DALUCA posts.
Comment by hitmanten on April 18, 2014 at 9:19pm

Saw what was purported to be a Dwight Eisenhower unsigned pencil sketch / self portrait(?) up on ebay a while back. Not sure what the market is for it, though.

Comment by Carlos on April 18, 2014 at 10:09pm
I've never seen just a "MJ" from Michael Jordan
Comment by Carlos on April 18, 2014 at 10:09pm
I think you misinterpreted what Barkley said as the M in Michael is signed to resemble a 23
Comment by JOEY DALUCA on April 19, 2014 at 10:42am

guess nobody is welcoming ole joey boy back from retirement.  thats right ole joey boy is back from the underworld but no one has welcomed him back.  you serve in nam and this is the respect ya get from todays generation nobody gives a crap unless you rear end their car then all of a sudden they have to get insurance involved.  I told the man I served in nam he said i dont give a crap you hit my car i said i also hit commies with bombs so you dont have to share your car with 18 other people and he started cursing at me.  this generation has no respect for anything except their cellphones.  aint that right ole joshy boy

Comment by Cogo on April 19, 2014 at 10:53am
Excuse me, but what has this to do with autographs? Just some strange mumbling about Vietnam?

I don't mean to be disrespectful, but it just seems like wrong forum to me...
Comment by JOEY DALUCA on April 19, 2014 at 11:02am

well hello there ole donny boy.  let me just tell you what this  has to do with autographs.  i fought a bunch of commies in nam for you to be able to get autographs.   if the commies had won nobody would be allowed to get autographs.  or if you were you would have to share them with everyone else.  unfortunately they dont have a senior section of this forum for  me to post so i just post with my buddy ole joshy boy and ole stevie boy since theyre seniors llike me.  

Comment by Rick Meyer on April 19, 2014 at 2:20pm
Autographs has nothing to do with Vietnam. This poser throwing nam and Commies out in every sentence is an embarrassment to real Vietnam vets. My father was a Vietnam vet and watching this babble kind of p***** me off. He was probably a cook forced over in late 72 or early 73 if he ever really went trying to portray he was a one man wrecking crew who single handedly earned everyone their rights. My experience with veterans are those that toss it out the loudest are usually full of crap.
Comment by JOEY DALUCA on April 19, 2014 at 5:49pm

ole ricky boy you need to learn some respect.  im sure your father would smack you upside the head if he heard you talking to a fellow vet that way.

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