December 17, 2013
CAN'T SPELL COOL WITHOUT "W":
How George W. Bush Evolved From the Uncoolest Person on the Planet to Bona Fide Hipster Icon (Juli Weiner, Vanity Fair)
Posted by Orrin Judd at December 17, 2013 6:12 PM[I]f you are younger than 24, you might not have attended anti-Bush rallies in high school and in college. You might not have pinned "SHRUB" buttons to your tote bag, and might not even remember Bush as a war-lovin', vowel-droppin', faux-folksy, ostentatiously religious Connecticut cowboy. This is because Bush has, quietly and wholly, ingeniously refashioned himself into an Internet-friendly, cat-loving, ironic-hat-wearing painter-cum-Instagram savant. Lately, George W. Bush is a hipster icon, and the Internet, unofficial Fourth Estate of the youth of America, is totally buying it.Bush's encouraging letter to student-athlete Cade Foster, the 22-year-old University of Alabama kicker who just about single-handedly (single-footedly) lost his team the 2013 Iron Bowl, is the Internet sensation of the week. How nice, Bush is, to reach out to a Troubled Youngster™! Foster's photograph of the letter has more than 4,000 retweets; President Bush has innumerable new fans.Though definitely aided by his love of animals, biking hobby, Internet savvy, and U-Street-friendly uniform, Bush's transmutation from iPod-threatening lameness monster into smiling blog mascot aligns closely with his painting career.
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