Friday, April 04, 2014 4:41 am
Former president calls painting his life's passion
In an interview on NBC's "Today" show, Bush tells his daughter, Jenna Bush Hager, "I paint a lot because, as you know, I'm a driven person."
The occasion was to highlight his portraits of world leaders, which he displays at his library in Texas.
One is of a grim-looking President Vladimir Putin.
Bush says "I got to know him very well. It became more intense as time went on."
He didn't comment on Russia's annexation of the Crimea Peninsula, but did say, "Vladimir is a person who in many ways viewed America as an enemy. I tried, of course, to dispel him of that notion."