Arnold Schwarzenegger proudly showed off the unique portrait of himself painted by George W. Bush. The former president recently unveiled a collection of drawings of immigrants that inspired him.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is opening up about the joy and fulfillment that comes with being recognized by a former president. Yesterday, the iconic actor took to Instagram to flaunt a sentimental art collection.
Schwarzenegger proudly showed a custom-painted portrait of himself made by former president George W. Bush. “The Terminator” star proudly held up the piece with a smile as she posed by the fireside.
Arnold Schwarzenegger at Lionsgate Films' "The Expendables 2" premiere on August 15, 2012 in Hollywood, California | Photo: Getty Images
The painting saw the actor donning an American hat with an American flag behind him. Alongside other photos of him having a video chat with the former head of state, Schwarzenegger wrote:
“When I moved to this country, I had a lot of big dreams, but I never dreamed that one day I would be painted by a President.”
The 73-year-old praised Bush for his new book and thanked him for including his picture with other immigrants. Schwarzenegger concluded, urging his followers to purchase the president’s book and become inspired.
In a previous interview, [Schwarzenegger] lauded the impressive work ethic of foreigners.
On Tuesday, April 20, the former at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Southern Methodist University, Dallas, unveiled a collection of 43 paintings of immigrants who have inspired him.
According to reports, the paintings published are part of his new book, “Out of Many, One: Portraits of American Immigrants.” The project contains drawings of immigrants who are sports stars, CEOs, politicians, and stars.
A statement shared by the 74-year-old politician explained that the collection is a limited-time exhibit that hopes to tell the story of how America has been positively impacted by immigrants who came looking for greener pastures.
The book cost $38. Some of the famous faces on the cover of the collection include golfer Annika Sorenstam, Afghanistan entrepreneur Roya Mahboob, and athlete Gilbert Tuhabonye from Burundi.
Schwarzenegger, who immigrated from Austria to the United States, has been a longtime advocate of favorable immigration policies and often touts the praises of immigrants.
In a previous interview, the “Commando” actor lauded the impressive work ethic of foreigners. He shared that the determined people he notices whenever at the gym turned out to be migrants from other countries.
The renowned actor relocated to the United States in 1968 at just 21 years old and rose to fame after dominating the bodybuilding scene with seven Mr. Olympia and five Mr. Universe titles.
Schwarzenegger became naturalized as an American citizen on September 16, 1983, and during his time as Governor of California, he was outspoken about his roots and his desire for immigration reform.