The internet cat phenomenon has infiltrated the minds of the world’s leaders past and present so much so that they feel compelled to draw or paint them.

First Russia’s President Putin drew “something” on a classroom white board while visiting a Kurgan region school. One of the pupils asked what is was! Frankly, that is not a good sign as to the quality of his drawing. Putin replied:

“It’s a cat. The rear view.”

You could have fooled me and he did fool the classroom. His drawing begs the question as to why he chose to draw the back end of a cat! Why not a side view? I think it would have been easier. The fact that he chose a cat at all indicates how the internet cat phenomenon has entered the subconscious of our minds, bombarded as we are all day and every day with “funny cat pix and vids”.

Presidents Bush and Putin cat artwork

Former US President George W Bush’s attempt is better. He is known to paint dogs. He appears to have become slightly bored with painting dogs and wants a new challenge although I think he is a dog person.

He painted a black and white moggie lying on top of what looks like a fridge. Cats like to be on top of tall fridges. I wonder whose cat it is.

You may know that Picasso went through various phases in his art such as the Blue Period, Rose Period and Cubism etc.. Well, George W Bush has gone from his “Dog Period” to his new and exciting, “Cat Period”. As he has painted 50 dogs we can expect 50 cat paintings.

What do we think of George’s art? I have to be brutally honest and state that for me it is decidedly average and rather crude. However, the fact that he is painting and enjoying it, is good. He is not frightened to show it off. Perhaps he thinks it is better than it is.

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Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

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  • If my memory serves me right i remember that President Bush had a cat named "INDIA" ! Why did he chose the name "INDIA" for his cat is a mystery to commoners like us.

    • Great comment Rudolph. Thanks. Perhaps President Bush thought "India" was a name for a person and had no idea it was a country ;) "India" is used as a female human name as I recall. Quite a nice name.

      • Michael, thanks to INTERNET GOOGLE" and "WIKEPEDIA" that i found the answer to President George.Bush naming his cat "India". In fact there was a protest in my Country about a cat being named after a Country. Read about it on this link to wikepedia on "Teachers Day". :-

  • Thanks to the miracle of the Internet I just looked it up and actually it was the Clintons who had Socks. Socks did pass away in 2009. The Clintons gave socks to former Clinton secretary Betty Currie and her husband because of conflicts with the Clinton's new dog, Buddy. That kind of sucks that even though Socks was with them first, he got the boot in favor of Buddy. So President Bush was probably not painting Socks, but you never know.

    • I hate it when people get a dog and if it doesn't get along with the resident cat it's the cat who has to go!
      It's that 'cats are second class citizens' thing again :(

    • Neat idea that the painting is Socks. Could be. I don't know how matey (friendly) former presidents are. They probably chew the cud on what we consider to be history that they created.

  • President Bush's cat painting is better than I could do! I thought he had a cat named Socks while he was in the White House, and it looked like this cat he painted. He might have been painting his own cat, which may not still be with him, although cats can live a long time... Does anyone remember if the Bush's had a cat? President Clinton had a black dog. I'm pretty sure the Bush's had a black and white cat named Socks. I also think I remember hearing that it had passed away awhile back, but I could be wrong.

    • Yes. I seem to recall that he had a solid black cat named India. She died somewhere around 2008-2009 at 18 years old.
      His painting is better than I could do too. But, I would have expected it to be better considering he has had an art teacher for quite some time.

    • President Bush’s cat painting is better than I could do!

      The same for me too -- maybe. I am not bad at painting and drawing but.....I don't have any evidence of that ;)

  • I like to see men drawing and painting cats even if they are not very good at it lol
    Hopefully gone are the days of my late father's generation when it was considered unmanly to be kind to cats.

    • I like to see men drawing and painting cats

      I like to see it too. The quality is not good but doing it is the important thing.

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