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The Top Three Moments From George W. Bush on 'The Tonight Show


"There's a Rembrandt trapped in this body."

George W. Bush gives Jay Leno a painting. (Source: NBC screen shot)

Former President George W. Bush appeared on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno Tuesday to discuss a wide range of issues, including President Barack Obama's sinking poll numbers and the possibility that his brother Jeb might make a run for the nation's highest office.

Below are the three most interesting moments.

George W. Bush gives Jay Leno a painting. (Source: NBC screen shot)

3. On Obama's performance

In the rare post-presidency television appearance, Jay Leno asked the 43rd president how he feels now that his successor has become the target of late-night jokes.

"Better him than me," Bush quipped, adding that "eight years is plenty" and that he doesn't "miss the spotlight."

But Bush refused to take any direct shots at Obama.

"I don't think it's good for the country to have a former president criticize his successor," he said.

For this moment, watch part one below.

2. Will Jeb Bush run for President?

Leno pressed Bush on whether he thinks his brother Jeb, who served as governor of Florida, should run for the presidency.

“Jeb should run for president if he wants to,” Bush said. “He’d be a great president.”

The question came up after Leno asked Bush about his library's dedication ceremony at which Barbara Bush said she doesn't think Jeb should seek the office.

"This is the woman who when I was getting ready to run against Gov. Ann Richards in Texas, I called her and said ‘Hey, Mom, I’m going to run against Gov. Richards,’ [and] she said, ‘You can’t win!’" Bush said.

For this moment, watch part one below at around the 3:20 mark.

1. Retirement

It's no secret that Bush has taken up painting since he left office. So what did he tell his teacher once he started taking classes?

"There's a Rembrandt trapped in this body. Your job is to find him."

For this moment, watch part two below at around the 3:15 mark.

Watch the full interview (in four parts), via NBC:


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