George Bush Knows His Inauguration Poncho Struggle Went Viral – Vanity Fair
Though it is common for former presidents to attend the inaugurations of incoming presidents, many Americans were especially thankful that George Bush decided to attend Donald Trump’s. Bush had a now-famous struggle with his rain poncho during the swearing-in ceremony, and it quickly became a meme. Now, more than one month later, Bush spoke to People about his viral moment.
“The wind started kicking up and I was afraid my hair was . . . going to go up,” he said before getting teasingly defensive about his quite literal fight with fashion: “But anyways, try to put that baby on.”
As Vanity Fair noted, Bush’s inauguration-day-poncho struggle was not his first battle with the cover-up. He also had some difficulties while trying to master a light-brown poncho while on a visit to Lima in 2008.
In his defense, Bush has never claimed fashion as his strong suit—these days, it’s artwork. For the past few years, he has shared with the American public his self-portraits, depictions of household pets, paintings of notorious figures (including Vladimir Putin, and portraits honoring war veterans. The Internet loves the artistic side of Bush, too:
His family, however, appears to have been privy to the former president’s more rudimentary sketches. As his wife, Laura Bush, and daughter Jenna Hager told Jimmy Fallon last year, there was a period of time that Bush “only communicated through his art.” The former president shared tales of his day-to-day activities, such as flying on an airplane or going to bed, through stick-figure drawings, via an iPhone app in texts to his daughters.
It seems Bush, who is currently promoting his new book, Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors,. does have some time on his hands for other activities—including making friends with former First Lady Michelle Obama. He told People that Obama is fond of his humor, which, in turn, makes him fond of her.
“I needle her a little bit and around her, I’m fairly lighthearted,” he said. “[The Obamas] are around serious people all the time, and we just took to each other.”
Maybe the famously stylish Obama can give 43 a few tips should he ever encounter another stubborn piece of outerwear.