Jim Hightower on "Cowboy George, Horse Thief" [VIDEO]

We've learned the hard way over the past seven years that George W lives in his own fantasy world-a place in which reality is whatever he wants it to be, facts notwithstanding.

We should have known this from the start of his White House tenure, for he practically painted a picture of it for us. More accurately, he showed his predilection for delusion by hanging his favorite painting in the Oval Office. It's a 1916 cowboy scene by W.H.D. Koerner titled "A Charge to Keep," and, in Bush's own words, it depicts a "a horseman determinedly charging up what appears a steep and rough trail."

In Bush's head, that rider epitomizes his own courageous political journey, dashing ahead against steep odds and naysayers (who are embodied in the art work by two other horsemen following the daring hero). Indeed, many visitors who've been shown the painting by Bush have commented thtat the hard-charging character bears a remarkable resemblance to George himself.

Over the years, Bush has added a Christian morality tale to the painting, declaring that the artist based it on a Methodist hymn, and that the indomitable horseman really is a circuit-riding minister rushing passionately ahead to spread the religion of Methodism (which happens to be George's own chosen faith).

It's all very inspiring, except for one small detail: It's not true. It turns out that W.H.D. Koerner painted the work to illustrate a Saturday Evening Post short story entitled: "The Slipper Tounge." The story is about a slick-tongued horse thief, and Koerner's painting--far from illustrating bold moral leadership-depicts the horse thief frantically fleeing a lynch mob.

This is Jim Hightower saying... So when Bush says that he see himself in the painting he might inadvertently be revealing the truth.

Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal

Don't Sit on the Sidelines of History. Join Alternet All Access and Go Ad-Free. Support Honest Journalism.