By Hillary Busis
Updated November 20, 2013 at 02:50 PM EST

The Tonight Show

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Tuesday night’s edition of The Tonight Show welcomed former president George W. Bush. Sorry — make that former president, current painter. (You may remember Bush’s work from earlier this year, when a hacker obtained images of three “in progress” pieces from the president’s personal email account.)

Forty-three explained that he’s been taking painting lessons in Dallas before Leno showed off a pair of the president’s pieces, including a painting of the Bush family’s late Scottish Terrier Barney — star of numerous White House Christmas videos — and one of his cat, Bob. (Bob is so named so that Bush “can remember how to spell it when I get older,” he said.)

And then Dubya pulled out his trump card: A portrait of a smirking Jay Leno, complete with American flag pin and the Los Angeles skyline behind him. When receiving the painting, Leno seemed truly impressed and touched.

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Bush’s present also seemed to throw the Tonight host off his game; as Leno joked, “I can’t make fun of him now!” It’s true — when Bush’s wife Laura took a seat next to her husband, Leno was reduced to hard-hitting questions such as “when the president had that heart scare, how scary was that?” (Yes, that topic led to an Obamacare joke; yes, Bush seemed to enjoy it very much.)

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