Africans anxious to greet President Obama on his trip through Senegal yesterday managed to strike nerves and tickle funny bones simultaneously yesterday with T-shirts reading, “Welcome home, Mr. President.” Another American president, though, has made Africa a sort of second home as well. Despite the Daily Beast last summer framing it as a “new” initiative, former President George W. Bush has quietly made several trips to the continent over the years to help fight the spread of AIDS and promote women’s health.

The Bush Center today tweeted a photo of Bush, who doesn’t care about black people, helping renovate the Mosi-Oa-Tunya clinic in Livingstone, Zambia, which screens women for cervical cancer — not quite the picture of the GOP’s “war on women” we’re used to seeing stateside. The president was assisted by volunteers from the Bush Institute and Southern Methodist University.

The media wasted no time spreading around Bush’s paintings stolen by a hacker from private email accounts, but we thought this picture of the president with a brush was worth sharing as well.

  • Ms Ryan

    awww.. good man.

  • mickeyco

    I want the poster that says “Do you miss me yet?”. He made some big mistakes, but he always had our interests at heart, he has a big heart, and he and his wife knew how to comport themselves as President and First Lady.

    • James A. Lonon

      True, He is everything Obama is NOT.

    • LinTaylor

      My parents got me a T-shirt with GWB smiling and waving with the caption “Miss me yet? How’s that hopey-changey thing working out for ya?”

      I have yet to wear it, mainly because I have no desire to be beaten to death.

      • Nowayjose

        yeah I am kind of scared of the “tolerant” left…. Sad they are so intolerant, ain’t it!

      • Marjorie

        I wear mine and have had some thumbs up and a lot of dirty looks.

        • LinTaylor

          Then you’re braver than I, Gunga Din.

          • Marjorie

            I’m an old lady with a CC…don’t mess with old people,

          • mickeyco

            It’s liberating getting older, isn’t it? Only advantage.

          • Marjorie

            It is the only advantage but my BS tolerance meter has dropped to an all time low…and frankly I pretty well say and do what I please. Unfortunately I get patted on the head and told to remember my blood pressure…which escalates when I have to deal with the ignorance of the “tolerant” (and patronizing) left. I may be a little slow of movement but my wits and hearing are intact and suffering fools gladly has never been a strong point.

          • mickeyco

            Amen, Marjorie

      • Red47

        Love the last line. No kidding. I used to live in a town with too many brain dead Leftist activists. If you put a non-Lefty bumper sticker on your car, the car would be keyed, get the tires slashed or otherwise be vandalized. (I think they were vicious because they are tolerant, but I am not certain.)

        • Marjorie

          You lived in Boulder?

          • Red47

            Ha ha. That was good. No. it was in Northern Virginia.

          • Marjorie

            Never been there…but if it’s anything like Boulder (or the rest of Colorado – gun control etc.) I can empathize.

          • Red47

            Nothing to the right of Communism is like Boulder. It is an almost exclusively white enclave of groupthinkers who enjoy governmental control of every aspect of their lives.

          • Marjorie

            Preaching to the choir here…even I would not wear my shirt there…and I live in the Denver area. What is happening in Colorado should be a warning to the rest of America. However, we didn’t pay attention to California so apparently selective hearing is the order of the day :(

          • Red47

            I think those of us who are being overrun paid attention to California. The larger portion of those doing the overrunning have fled from the hell of California and are recreating here, as they always do.

          • Marjorie

            To quote a once-popular bumper sticker here, “Don’t Californicate Colorado.”

          • Red47

            We had those growing up…only about Oregon. Too bad they didn’t work.

          • Marjorie

            No…they didn’t. Probably accelerated the process. I lived in California for short period and couldn’t wait to come back…now not so much.

          • Red47

            :) I met my husband while living in Coronado, so I have a fondness for dear old Cal. However, the Leftist have really made it inhospitable to humans who wish to “rise above their station”.

          • Marjorie

            There is much to like in California but the typical “gimme” mindset of the majority makes it unpalatable…and Colorado is right behind…rather sad.

          • Red47

            We made the decision to settle here based on what Colorado used to be. We had no idea they would go Statist after we got here. That part is revolting.

          • Marjorie

            I have lived here for many years and it really saddens me to see what we have become. Relocation is not an option at this juncture in my life but would love to move to Texas :)

          • Red47

            In six-to ten years we will see how things go and may make another decision. Texas does not appeal to me, but I may overlook that.

          • TexSizzle

            You have to experience it to appreciate it.

          • Red47

            I have some very fine Texan friends and travel to Dallas nearly every year. I grew up in the Great Pacific Northwest. IT is hard to live without mountains.

          • Marjorie

            I’m hoping they’ll secede.

          • Red47

            :)

          • TexSizzle

            We’d love to have you join us.

          • Marjorie

            How I wish…thanks!

          • Jay Stevens

            Transplanted Californians.

          • Red47

            Some are. Boulder has been like this for at least thirty years.

          • Danny Meeker

            Try Colorado Springs. Fort Carson, 10th SFG, and Air Force Academy here…probably THE most red city I’ve lived in.

          • 1CatEye

            I was going to guess Minneapolis.

      • Jennifer

        Lol…I just got the courage last month to wear the Romney/Ryan t-shirt my Mom had bought me out in public! Romney most definitely had his flaws, but I believe that, like GWB, he has a servant’s heart and would have been a President we could respect.

        • Bathing Suit Area

          Romney “has a servant’s heart” in a jar on his desk, most likely. As a warning to the others.

          • RightThinking1

            I believe that you are thinking of that icon to Liberalism, Gosnell.

    • Lady 12

      He made mistakes, not misdeeds.

      • mickeyco

        true, marta

    • Barbara Nelen

      Comport you mean. The current prez needs deporting.

      • mickeyco

        I’ll change that right now! Thanks, Barbara. All better now.

  • Jeremy

    This is a man who loves this country as opposed to the empty suit who occupies the WH now.

    • jazzerie

      What serendipity. I just hit the like button and became the 43’d “like” for president 43.

    • jazzerie

      What serendipity. I just hit the like button and became the 43’d “like” for president 43.

  • 3seven77

    Hmmm. $100 million spent for Obama to go to Africa on a sight seeing trip. I wonder how much GWB spent on his trip to Africa.

    • Saddlebum

      It doesn’t matter how much GWB is spending on his trip. It’s not our money he is spending. Unlike our current president.

      • BayushiZero

        Mostly. President Bush doesn’t pay for his SS detail, for one.

        • mickeyco

          Is it increased when he travels? Cause he has SS detail anywhere.

          • Zach Smith

            Obviously, since the SS must also travel and sleep.

          • mickeyco

            No Zach, I didn’t say that clearly: I meant instead of ,say 10 SS men here, does he have 15 or 20 SS men overseas?

        • DarkKnight2016

          All former Presidents get a secret service detail, for life, by law. George W. Bush was initially only supposed to get it for 10 years after his term because a change in the law but Obama reversed it so that he and GWB get secret service details for life after their terms and I am ok with that.

          • jazzerie

            Of course, he didn’t DO it so that he and GW both had SS detail coverage for life. He did it for himself. But it just so happened to cover GW as well.

          • jazzerie

            Of course, he didn’t DO it so that he and GW both had SS detail coverage for life. He did it for himself. But it just so happened to cover GW as well.

          • Red47

            I think Obama NEEDED to change that because I would imagine the loons would have him in their sights for the rest of his life.

        • Lady 12

          The man actually did his job. I don’t mind that he reaps the benefits of doing his job. It’s Oliea who hasn’t done the job and still gets more benefits from it that GWB.

          • BayushiZero

            I’m not complaining, either.

            I’d much MUCH rather have GW in the Oval Office than the squatter who’s currently not there (but in Africa, on our dime).

      • 3seven77

        In case anyone is wondering, I didn’t mean my comment as a slam against GWB. Merely trying to point out how much taxpayer money goes to Obama’s “vacations” versus what is a working trip for Bush.

        • mickeyco

          I think almost all of us understood that.

  • nc

    GWB: Trying to cure AIDS in Africa.
    BHO: Trying to encourage homosexuality in Africa.

    • CatHerder

      Zing!

    • descolada9

      Nice, simple point. I praise you, nc

  • nc

    He can paint my house anytime…

    • SpinMeNot

      I dunno, I’d sooner help paint his.

    • mickeyco

      He wouldn’t have to work at mine. Just drop in for coffee & a chat would be grand.

      • nc

        Honestly, now. Did you really think I was talking about “work?”

  • Jennifer

    The juxtaposition of Obama’s over-the-top expensive, nothing short of a “family vacation” to Africa with Bush’s service in Zambia is striking. God bless you, President Bush.

  • Red Fred

    I’ve never seen Obama lift anything but a fork or wineglass….

    • Jeremy

      or a Golfclub.

    • ceemack

      What do you think the odds are of Obama going somewhere, putting on a t-shirt, and painting a public building like he was just another one of the crew?

      I wonder what the Zambians working on the clinic call W.? A buck says they just call him “George”.

      • SpinMeNot

        Or Mr. Bush — most of the people I’ve met in Africa are very respectful.

      • Marjorie

        Odds are between slim and none…and I head that slim died!

    • hwy505

      His pinky…

    • kateorjane

      His nose

    • SpinMeNot

      Or a stick so they could photoshop a shotgun into the picture.

    • Red47

      beer…
      cigarettes…

    • digitalPimple

      Too be fair he did try really really hard to throw a baseball once.

      • RightThinking1

        Digital — Oops. I see you beat me to it…

    • RightThinking1

      Well…, in fairness, there were those 20 shots with the basketball.

      • mickeyco

        Didn’t he miss all of them?

    • Kim_S

      Or a middle finger to America.

  • CombatDiver

    Obvious ruse to cover his “war on women,” because we know only lefties are caring, sincere and believe in deeds, not words.

    • trixiewoobeans

      AW HA HA!! Isn’t “protesting” a deed? Occupying stuff? Going to Texas and cheering their Right-to-Kill Rep., Wendy? Leaving trash, excrement and vomit wherever they congregate? Those are deeds!

  • descolada9

    It must be some insidious part of the War on Women that we all know Bush must have started!! ((stars foaming at mouth and rolling on floor)).

    In truth, my respects to you, Mr. Bush

  • http://teapartyreaganconservative.blogspot.com/ TeaPartyReaganConservative

    Do you think a real conservative would be painting, renovating houses and mosques in Zambia, instead of fighting this Obama induced, forced anti-Americanism that is destroying America as it was founded. Bush thinks he’s Jimmy Carter lol.. Is it any wonder why he is a rich elitist RINO, whose only concern in life is painting.

    • hwy505

      Shhh – you sound like an ass.

      • mickeyco

        If you need verification, he is.

        • TXKracker

          yes…. Most certain he is an ass…not a smart ass, but a more simple just stupid ass

    • lee martell

      I know of your frustration, I do, I am well practiced at biting my toungue when around any Non-Tea Partyer or Non-News Junkie like me. However, when all is said and done, W is just one person, just one president, just one Christian, and as such, he seems to have decided, not to live the rest of his life in a hotHoT redrage, even though, logically, he would be fully justified. There is only so much one can do, then you sort of ‘Leave It In The Lap Of The Gods”, the quote Freddie Mercury.

      • mickeyco

        very nice, lee

    • Lady 12

      What an absurd thing to say. Africa is still far worse off than America. Besides, his years of public service are over, and what he does on his own time is his own business. And, anyway – maybe he’s glad to be among people who appreciate him!

  • James A. Lonon

    What’s up? Just who is STALKING who.? Who was in Africa first
    I suppose answers that question.? Pretty strange isn’t it? probably just a funny coincidence huh?

    • mickeyco

      Africa’s an awful big place, you know. It’s not like Rhode Island.

  • Saddlebum

    I have no doubt that GWB will accomplish more on his own dime and time over there than Obama will on our time and our 100 million dollars!!

  • jeanee5tam

    why has GWBush been in the same area as Obama lately? he was in SoCal the same time O was there meeting with China>weird

  • FirstNameTooMuchLastNameSwag

    I like that time when he wielded bad intelligence and used it as a pretext to invade a country that posed no threat to America.

    • badbadlibs

      You mean like the democrats did when Clinton was waging his wars, or do you mean like the democrats agreeing with GW about Hussein during the Clinton years?
      Or are you upset that GW went to congress first, instead of circumventing congress like Obama does?
      You leftists are stump stupid.

      • FirstNameTooMuchLastNameSwag

        Who invaded Iraq? Clinton or Bush? That’s right. No matter how much Clinton may have half halfheartedly talked about taking action on Iraq it was Bush,not him, who cost America 5,000 lives. And as for the democrats that voted for the war-they were provided with the same bogus intelligence the rest of the American public was. They likely didn’t think Bush and the intelligence agencies would lie to them about the situation in Iraq (which they did) so their votes were excusable.

        • badbadlibs

          Ignorant liberal. President Bush received the same “bogus” intelligence that the democrats were given in the Clinton administration.

          If you have an ounce of integrity or have an honest bone in your body you will read the following:

          http://www.snopes.com/politics/war/wmdquotes.asp

    • alanstorm

      Oh, please. Educate yourself…if that’s possible.

      Judging from your comment, we don’t have much hope.

    • Michelle

      Did you also like that time when Bill Clinton signed the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998?

    • Michael Anderson (WB)

      You miss the point about Iraq. I’ll bet you think there were two wars in Iraq in recent time. When Saddam was pushed out of Kuwait he should have been taken out of power, and we would have done it. But he sued for a cease fire. A cease fire is merely a break in war it is not cessation of hostilities. Since the coalition was winning they got to dictate the terms of the cease fire. At that point it became a legal contract, you abide by these terms and we will stop here. As we know Saddam broke the terms of the contract many times. At the first violation of those terms the shooting war was legally back. For eight years Clinton basically ignored the state of things, but that didn’t mean Bush had to.

      It was legal, ethical and moral. It was very poorly communicated.

    • John Rebori

      Did you enjoy when that same intelligence was being so vocally spread by all those democrats prior to GWB’s election to president?

  • Janice LEE

    And simpleton president talks basketball in Senegal.

    • mickeyco

      and gay marriage

  • Stephen L. Hall

    I disagreed with President Bush on several points, but there is no denying, the gentleman is a class act all the way.

    • aPLWBinAK

      And his wife always acted the Lady too.

    • Michelle

      Ditto.

    • John Rebori

      Agreed. And the work done by his father and Bill Clinton as a team after they left office was also a class act. And I have little grounds for supporting or liking Clinton, but credit where it is due.

  • TXKracker

    President Bush had more class in that paint brush than Hussein OBama does in his whole “blame somebody else” pea brain, or more than “Mookie Bangs Michele” does in that huge large arse she is sporting.

    • Lady 12

      Ahahaha!

  • LinTaylor

    So, how is the left going to spin this to insult Bush? I’m willing to bet we’re going to be seeing a lot of snotty remarks about lead-based paint in the near future.

    • mickeyco

      I think they’ll just totally ignore it.

  • disqus_LASIg6epmj

    But…but… Bush hates women.

    • unknown

      And black people

      • mickeyco

        Did you see this week where Bono said that Bush had done more to fight AIDS in Africa than any American before or since?

        • Bathing Suit Area

          I thought we hate it when celebrities comment on politics, especially Bono.

          • mickeyco

            There’s no “we” here, BSA. It’s us and you.

  • ClarkFL

    God, I miss having him as president. I even miss Clinton as president. Obama and his goon squad have set race relations back 50 years in this country, with their constant race-baiting and racism-charging. I hope that whomever, Dem or Repub, can start to repair the all-encompassing f*ckwad of damage that this man has almost single handedly done to this country.

  • John W.

    Zambia must have a different definition for “women’s clinic” than America. I suspect that GWB would not be permitted by feminazis to set foot in a “women’s clinic” anywhere in America, even if for altruistic reasons. When he signed the Partial Birth Abortion Ban legislation in November 2003, he gained some enemies for life.

  • CDUB

    Thank you Mr. President, George W. Bush for being the man you are.
    I get teary eyed every time I see you in the news.
    W, you are missed. CW – (DUBYA) – CDUB for short, handle for your, Mr. President.

    • waltzingmtilda

      I actually got to meet him (for like 2 seconds) a couple of weeks ago and I totally cried. And I’m 42. My friends are still making fun of me for it.

      • CDUB

        AWESOME! Good for you!! 47 here and the honor you have, of meeting him. So jealous and glad you cried, for a good man. Crying with envy. He was our rock during 9/11. And comparing his leadership to this panzy, elite, lying idiot – Barry.

  • The Official Andy ®

    Somehow, I cannot see BO doing this in his “retirement” years.

  • Red47

    I wonder if our esteemed Preezy of the United Steezy has ever done this kind of service work stateside. He doesn’t seem to be the type to put himself out or work with his hands.

  • alanstorm

    “… not quite the picture of the GOP’s “war on women” we’re used to seeing stateside.”

    It’s not original, but remember that Teddy Kennedy is the only politician we know who has a confirmed “kill” in the war on women.

    • Bathing Suit Area

      How many women did Kennedy have executed as governor of Texas?

      • FaithColeridge33

        Three

      • Noah

        um, they were murderers. what exactly did Kopechne do to anyone?

      • mickeyco

        As governor, he simply didn’t stop the executions, as you very well know BSA.

  • Adela Wagner

    Yeah just ANOTHER GOPer who “hates black people” and “does not give a crap about children once they are born”

    …actually a MAN who has done MORE for Africa’s people than their ->own<- Obama…

  • Lady 12

    I dare any liberal to show a picture of Oliea doing anything like this.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeBeq0i03bg Booker

    You’re a good man, Bush.

  • JAG

    The big “O”=Zero would not know where to find a paint brush, or how to use it. Someone on ABC, CBS, NBC , CNN “tissy” if it happened..

  • fed-up

    I’m curious to see what the current President will do after his term is up.

    • Peyton

      My guess, complain about Republicans.

    • mickeyco

      Play golf, swim, drink, sit like some pasha on his lanai in Hawaii and have his sycophants visit. That sound right to you?

      • bidentime

        Same as now huh?

      • fed-up

        LOL That really sums it up in a nutshell.

  • Peyton

    You’ll never see O or Bill doing that.

  • Peyton

    Two Presidents are in Africa this week. One is tweeting pic of himself with famous people, the other is serving others.

  • Maxx

    If President Bush reminds of us anything, it’s the flawed beauty of the human being. Like all of us, he was not perfect but perhaps history will be kind…and accurate enough…to note he may very well have been the politician perfect for the troubled times he was given.

    I would not have wanted a President in place who, following 9-11, gave many stirring speeches from one coast to the other and yet, did absolutely nothing. The man did what he thought was the right thing to do, taking his oath serious enough to send our children into harms way. How easy it is for others to sit on the sidelines with the benefit of history to guide their opinions. Bush had no such luxury. I didn’t agree with him on the invasion of Iraq but had he been my commander in chief, I would have followed him into a burning building.

    –USN Ret

    • Marjorie

      Thank you for your service. YOU are a hero!

    • Paladin

      Agreed. There were things about his Presidency that I didn’t agree with; decisions made that I didn’t like.

      But I was always confident that he was making decisions that he genuinely thought were best for the country. He is a man who genuinely cares about others and wasn’t so focused on himself or his “legacy” as president.

      George W. Bush shows himself to be a good man, giving of his time and resources to others with little or no fanfare. One small thing that shows his character that I’ll never forget was when he visited the solders wounded in the Fort Hood terrorist shooting. There was no photo op, no press. The only reason I knew he was there was because someone uploaded a photo of him and Laura standing by the hospital bed of their loved one. Even though he wasn’t President at the time, he went there to comfort soldiers and their families.

  • dunst43

    What an amazing family.

  • Debra Wilson

    This is a man I can respect!

  • Deborah Hallsted

    A great ! MAN. First on the list of things you won’t be seeing BHO do. An absolute certainty without a camera crew!

  • Bathing Suit Area

    For all his failings, Bush’s aid in Africa is one of the few things he did right.

    • Noah

      so, that would be one more than bammy.

  • $29520529

    Bush will always be praised by women who understand that he stopped the rape rooms under Sadam, insured medical help for millions of women in Africa, and protected unborn women from late term abortions. He was, and is, a bigger advocate for woman then BO will ever be.

  • RightThinking1

    I recall a photo-op video of Clinton & Gore ‘volunteering’ at a Habitat House. It was obvious by their efforts that neither one had ever used a hammer. They looked like little girls trying to drive nails. It was pathetic.

  • http://www.nleomf.org/officers/ FlatFoot

    God Bless President George W. Bush and Mrs. Bush.

  • Linda (Lou) Norris

    I want an “epic selfie” with THIS president. No president does everything the way each one of us wants, and I wasn’t much of a fan of GWB’s second term, but I’ve always appreciated his near total lack of self-aggrandizement. Two presidents, one continent, worlds apart. Bush will never get credit for the great work he has done for the people of Africa. Obama will get all kinds of credit for doing nothing.

  • Guest

    Bush goes to Dallas/Fort Worth airport to personally greet returning troops.
    Obama went to the gym, instead of visiting wounded soldiers, at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center; in another unscripted moment revealing his true character,
    which patriotic Americans will never forget.
    It will be a frosty day in Hades before Obama does something not for his own benefit.

  • $30756787

    Unpretentious 43 outshines Petulant 44, even in Africa.

  • $25753324

    Class – You can’t buy it.

  • Ken Alan Draper

    If Clinton had known that Bush was going to a woman’s clinic he’d probably have volunteered to go with ‘ol George.

  • Guest

    W is a nice man. I never doubted that. But he was a crap president and he’s responsible for current, losing direction of the GOP establishment.