George W. Bush addresses those dog paintings

“People are surprised,” he said. “Of course, some people are surprised I can even read"

Published April 15, 2013 1:00PM (EDT)

George W. Bush, former President and prolific painter of dogs, gave a rare interview to the Dallas Morning News, in which he addressed the question that's been gripping the nation: What's the deal with those dog paintings?

“People are surprised,” Bush said. “Of course, some people are surprised I can even read.”

He noted that he takes “great delight in busting stereotypes," but didn't really have an explanation for why he decided to take up the hobby, along with other activities such as mountain biking and golf. “You’ll have to call all the people who’ve written these books about me, who claim they know me, the psycho-babblers," he said.

“I like challenges,” Bush continued. “I find that charging up the hill is very rewarding — and frustrating. It’s important to set goals in life and have purpose.”

By Jillian Rayfield

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