The Illustrated President

It’s been a few years since I’ve posted anything related to the current presidency. A friend past along a link to this Harper’s Magazine article regarding a painting by W.H.D. Koerner titled “A Charge to Keep” (1916) that George W Bush admires.A blurb from the article:

Bush has consistently exhibited what psychologists call the “Tolstoy syndrome.” That is, he is completely convinced he knows what things are, so he shuts down all avenues of inquiry about them and disregards the information that is offered to him. This is the hallmark of a tragically bad executive. But in this case, it couldn’t be more precious.

I thought it was quite humorous. Life imitates art? How true.

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