How unprofessional can you get…?
I don’t like that the artist painted the infamous Lewinsky blue dress into Bill Clinton's Presidential painting... it’s basically putting his subjective opinion for the whole world to have to choke down. Did he happen to paint a shadow of Weapons of Mass Destruction in Bush's mantel? Or the mountain of debt in the fireplace he left America to deal with? Besides, what Clinton did was personal, not professional, and it certainly did NOT affect the entire world. Seriously?
I wish you would have just kept your political opinions to yourself. This was completely unprofessional. So really, who is the liar? I am here to tell you… they ALL are. But it speaks volumes about your character, and your beliefs. If you are going to do this for one President, who was a great President, that left the country in a surplus while doctoring in many beneficial programs, by the way… then I hope you are not going to be a hypocrite and only paint your honesty like you did for Clinton but for every Presidential painting you do. I mean, come on… Bush flat out lied to this country in order to go to war with Hussein on a completely false premise all for his families personal gain… can you say Oil? Lest not forget to mention that many people (both thousands of American soldiers and Iraqi soldiers and civilians) were killed by Bush’s lie. In the lie meter, my vote says Bush clearly takes the cake!
By the way… Did you do the same for the Bush painting? My guess is no… You don’t have the balls for that. Personally, I think Shanks was a childish for painting the dress on the sly. Have some balls and at least say what you did upfront so we can all be in on the joke! Waiting years afterwards to drop your dirty little secret doesn’t say much for your character professionally or personally; Shanks should be fired from all other future artistic endeavors on professionalism alone. You were paid for a job and you failed. And out of respect for a man who did many good things serving YOUR country, out of respect for his hard work and dedication, you owe it to him to repaint the Clinton portrait, sans the scandal. I can only imagine what the portrait for Obama is going to look like.
Here is what I say… Let’s see your own painting, shadows and all! Matthew 7:2-3: For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?
Someone give me an axe. I am about to chop down a fucking tree.
The story for future reference…
The artist who painted the official White House portrait of President Bill Clinton says he quietly included a reference to the Monica Lewinsky scandal — and the infamous blue dress — in his painting.
“If you look at the left-hand side of it, there’s a mantel in the Oval Office,” Nelson Shanks told the Philadelphia Daily News. “I put a shadow coming into the painting, and it does two things. It actually literally represents a shadow from a blue dress I had on a mannequin, that I had there while I was painting it, but not when he was there. It is also a bit of a metaphor in that it represents a shadow on the office he held, or on him.”
The revelation of Clinton’s affair with Lewinsky, a White House intern, created a firestorm in American politics and led to the president’s impeachment in 1998.
The 77-year-old Shanks, who has painted everyone from Princess Diana to Pope John Paul II, said Clinton was the hardest.
“The reality is he’s probably the most famous liar of all time,” Shanks said. “He and his administration did some very good things, of course, but I could never get this Monica thing completely out of my mind, and it is subtly incorporated in the painting.”
The 2001 portrait is part of the National Portrait Gallery’s collection, though Shanks says the 42nd president would like it removed.
“The Clintons hate the portrait,” he continued. “They want it removed from the National Portrait Gallery. They’re putting a lot of pressure on them.”
But a museum spokesperson told ABC News that they have not received any requests from the Clintons to remove the portrait.
The shadow is not the only controversial part of the painting. When the portrait was unveiled in 2006, it caused a minor stir because Shanks left out Clinton's wedding ring.
According to Shanks, Clinton personally chose him to paint his official portrait. And in a 2001 interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer, Shanks insisted he was taking the assignment seriously.
“There are times when I love to play all kinds of complicated games in painting,” Shanks said. “But I think this is one case when I need to be fairly straightforward. I’ll just try to paint the man, his intelligence, his amiability and his stature, maybe paint him fairly close to humor and try to get it just right.”
Last year, Lewinsky wrote publicly about the affair for the first time.
“It’s time to burn the beret and bury the blue dress,” Lewinsky wrote in an essay for Vanity Fair. “I am determined to have a different ending to my story.
“I, myself, deeply regret what happened between me and President Clinton,” she continued. “Let me say it again: I. Myself. Deeply. Regret. What. Happened.”