December 20, 2008

Oklahomans pitch in for Bush painting

Oklahomans put up $160,000 to see the Bushes hanged -- their portraits, that is.

The oil portrait of President George W. Bush shows him seated on a green sofa in a Western-style shirt. First lady Laura Bush's painting shows her reclining on her right elbow with a book propped on her lap, The Washington Post reported Saturday.

Donors in Oklahoma got involved in the portraits after Robert Slater, an Oklahoma City hotel entrepreneur, asked a Hall of Presidents gallery official about the cost of commissioning paintings.

Funding for the first lady's portrait was provided by The Marlene and J.O. Stewart Jr. Foundation, the newspaper said.