Actress, comic and talk show host Chelsea Handler dished personal details about her chummy relationship with former President George W. Bush, a man who was once despised by the left but like so many others, found redemption in their eyes for his opposition to Donald J. Trump.
Now that Bush has been put on a pedestal by Democrats, media and celebs, the 47-year-old Handler, who has become a popular podcast host, recalled her experience at the posh Bush family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine where she was under the influence when she was lassoed by the nation’s 43rd president who wanted to show off his personal art gallery.
Handler took a trip down memory lane during the latest episode of her podcast “Dear Chelsea,” where she chatted with Martha Stewart, regaling her guest with her tale of her strange encounter with Dubya.
Joking with Stewart about the tony enclave of the ultra-wealthy Martha’s Vineyard, Handler brought up her own story about the family that was long among the upper crust of the eastern establishment before branching out into Texas and her rendezvous with Bush who followed up his two terms in the White House by becoming an aspiring artist.
“I told you about my experience in Biddeford pool, right? Where I ran into the Bushes?” She asked the home decorating icon around the 22-minute mark above. “And then I went over to Kennebunkport to the compound and George Bush gave me a tour of all of his artwork, and then wouldn’t let us leave the house, we were captured.”
“Because Barbara Bush wanted us to come over to play pickleball,” Handler recalled. “And so I brought my whole crew. I had my brothers, my sisters, like ten friends, we went over, played pickleball and then I hear the former president go, ‘Miss Handler, is that you?’, and I thought, oh, I can’t be seen with this guy after all my political — you know, musings publicly.”
“I’m like, ‘I gotta get outta here’,” she said.
“You’re such a staunch Republican,” joked a laughing Stewart.
Handler continued, “And then, he dragged me into his house, he goes, ‘you’re not leaving,’ he goes, ‘come look at all my artwork,’ and I had sunglasses on and he said, ‘I need you to take your sunglasses off’ and I said, ‘I’m pretty stoned — so I think I’m gonna leave them on and he looked at me and thought I was kidding again, which I wasn’t.”
“And then shortly after there, we were able to skidaddle, but actually — he’s very charming in person,” Handler added.
Like figures who were once reviled by the celebrity left, including failed GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, the Cheney family, and many others who came out in opposition to Trump, George W. Bush has been redeemed in a way that few would have thought possible given the vicious attacks that he was subjected to throughout his eight years in the Oval Office by celebrity hypocrites who now see him as a kindred spirit.
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