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  • The Decider in Chief

Politics aside, what has always struck me about George W. Bush is his apparent lack of self-reflection. He has ever appeared very much the “decider” he claimed to be, betraying no hint of doubt or hesitation. He seemed to plow headlong into history completely unburdened by the weight of self-consciousness.

In that sense, Bush is the anti-artist. All artists—and I’ll stand by this claim—are acutely self-aware. The creation of art is often an effort to make sense both of the wider world and one’s particular place within it. The artist’s chosen subject, be it Picasso’s contorted women or Damien Hirst’s suspended carcasses, goes a long way in telling us how he sees the world.