Subject of bush painting is critic
If George W. Bush, budding artist, has learned one lesson about his newfound passion, it is this: "Don't paint your wife." The former president will release more than two dozen paintings in his first art exhibit, a gallery of world leaders. But if it is diplomatically delicate to capture the likeness of, say, Tony Blair or Vladimir Putin, it may be safer than trying Laura Bush. "It needs some work," she said of his portrait of her as the former first couple's daughter Jenna Bush, an NBC correspondent, interviewed them for the Today show. The interview airs today.
Queen, pope meet and trade gifts
Queen Elizabeth II and Pope Francis met informally Thursday at the Vatican during the British monarch's one-day visit to Rome. The pontiff gave her a lapis lazuli globe with a cross as a gift for her 8-month-old great-grandson. He was given organic produce from royally owned farms, a bottle of whiskey and a framed picture of the royal couple.