Painter, biker, slightly grunge: George W. Bush becomes the new hipster icon

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George W. hipster? Behold, a headline of note, and proof that time marches on:

“How George W. Bush evolved from the uncoolest person on the planet to bona fide hipster icon,” comes from Vanity Fair. The magazine suggests that the arbitrators of taste now beam warmly upon the former president.

“If you are younger than 24, you might not have attended anti-Bush rallies in high school and in college. You might not have pinned ‘SHRUB’ buttons to your tote bag, and might not even remember Bush as a war-lovin’, vowel-droppin’, faux-folksy, ostentatiously religious Connecticut cowboy,” explains Vanity Fair’s Juli Weiner, herself a resident of the West Village in New York City.

“This is because Bush has, quietly and wholly, ingeniously refashioned himself into an Internet-friendly, cat-loving, ironic-hat-wearing painter-cum-Instagram savant. Lately, George W. Bush is a hipster icon, and the Internet, unofficial Fourth Estate of the youth of America, is totally buying it.”

And the icons of Mr. Bush’s transformation: his newfound identity as “outsider artist,” a penchant for Trek mountain bikes, the odd pairings of his casual clothes, his comfort level with social media.

“Even those old enough to remember hating Bush are wise enough to recognize that they are no longer the deciders - as it were - of what’s hip,” Ms. Weiner concludes.

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