George W. Bush jokes with Jimmy Kimmel about Oscars, Cheney shooting people

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) Former President George W. Bush loves going to art supply stores.

This is one of many revelations from the latest stops on his media tour in support of his new book of portraits of veterans.

Appearing on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Bush explained that he took up painting because he read an essay by Winston Churchill about the hobby.

“I basically said if this guy can paint I can paint,” he said.

Bush talked about finding an instructor and learning to paint, and he showed off a couple of portraits of himself bathing and showering. He also introduced two of the veterans featured in the book, “Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief's Tribute to America's Warriors.”

The former president discussed his relationship with his favorite impersonators, singling out the late Steve Bridges as the best. Bush and Bridges appeared together at the 2006 White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.

Bush also joked with Kimmel about the disastrous ending of the Oscars on Sunday night, which Kimmel hosted. He and Kimmel then drew quick and not particularly good sketches of each other during a commercial break.

Bush had a slightly more serious conversation with Ellen DeGeneres on her show the previous day, pushing back against the perception that his recent praise of the free press was intended as criticism of President Donald Trump.

“I don’t think it serves the nation or the office of president to have a former president criticize his successors,” Bush said.

He reiterated his point about the importance of the media, though.

“The nation needs a free and independent press, and the reason why is that power can be very corrupting and we need a press corps to hold people to account, including me,” he said.

Bush also detailed the moments he and Russian President Vladimir Putin first met each other’s dogs. About a year after he introduced Putin to his Scottish terrier Barney, the Russian brought out his large, lumbering hound.

“Putin looks at me and says, ‘Bigger, stronger and faster than Barney.’”

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