Vanity Fair Concerned by George W. Bush’s ‘Hipster Icon’ Resurgence

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Prominent American painter and philanthropist George W. Bush—the post-aughts iteration of the former United States President—has managed a resurgence as a beloved personality and even online “hipster icon.”

So warns Vanity Fair, asking with dread how a man so “uncool” could be so popular with young people.

President Bush has returned to the public eye in recent months for a number of unlikely reasons. His leaked paintings garnered much attention on Gawker, BuzzFeed, and all matter of blogs with young readers. His letter of support to University of Alabama’s Cade Foster, as Vanity Fair’s Juli Weiner notes, went viral. And the death of Nelson Mandela turned the world’s eye to the United States’s efforts in South Africa, of which the Bush Administration’s were second to none.

Weiner notes with some alarm that it doesn’t seem that liberals and hipsters have forgotten what they hated so much about Bush—that he “is uncool, lame, establishment, square, and odious, etc.” Rather, the hipsters reading BuzzFeed, Thought Catalog, New York Magazine, and others are simply too young to remember and the heyday of the Code Pink protests. They see President Bush as “an Internet-friendly, cat-loving, ironic-hat-wearing painter-cum-Instagram savant,” and this is new to Weiner.



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