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It seems to us/ George W. Bush, Sen. Dan Coats and selfies

George W. Bush, the artist? Or should it be musician Prince’s former title, “The Artist Formerly Known as George W. Bush?” Either way, he’s letting the public in on his more creative side and he started by giving his daughter Jenna Bush Hager, an NBC correspondent for the network’s “Today” show first crack at an interview on the subject of his kinda famous paintings.

Alongside his wife, Laura, for the interview, the former president admitted that it isn’t a good idea to try painting a portrait of his wife. “It needs some work,” Laura said. But the portrait of Jay Leno looks pretty good. Not hard to get that chin right.

Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., should feel good knowing that he’s always welcome at a hearing. Even if he’s not supposed to be there …

The Washington Post reported that Coats was all set for an appropriations hearing on the defense budget last Wednesday afternoon. He was busy commending the witness for his department’s prompt response to a letter, when a staffer slipped him a message. “I just got a note saying I’m at the wrong hearing.”

To quote Bart Simpson: “D’oh!”

After humble apologies and polite chuckles from colleagues and staffers, Coats found his hearing down the hall. No worries. He showed a sense of humor, telling Twitter followers that it may be a Russian conspiracy. Payback because Vladimir Putin singled him out for a sanction last month.

There’s local politics and dirty politics and the politics of personal destruction. Now comes the 21st century addition to the political lexicon: selfie politics.

Samsung and World Series MVP David Ortiz evidently collaborated on a “spontaneous” selfie taken by Ortiz of himself with President Obama in order to promote the company and its products. Obama is not amused. “I can say that as a rule, the White House objects to attempts to use the president’s likeness for commercial purposes,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said. “And we certainly object in this case.”

No word yet from the first lady who appeared unamused, herself, when her husband posed for a selfie – at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service – of himself with Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and British PM David Cameron.

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