But in the digital age, even the former President of the United States can't be guaranteed any privacy.
Personal information stolen from several email accounts belonging to people close to the Bush family reveals the nation’s 43rd president has developed an affinity for painting himself bathing, of all things.
Photos included in an information dump turned over to The Smoking Gun include President George H.W. Bush in the hospital, the elder Bush posing with President Bill Clinton, a family photo of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and even President George W. Bush posing with a cardboard cutout of himself wearing a mustache and beret.
A hacker going by the name “Guccifer” claimed the stolen messages include addresses, phone numbers and email addresses that go directly to both former presidents and their families, along with a security code for a gate outside the younger Bush’s home in Dallas.
In addition to the beefcake shots imagined by Shrubby, the hacker uncovered information that George HW Bush was far more ill when he was hospitalized late last year for bronchitis than was previously released. Contingency funeral arrangements were being made, and reportedly, W felt petulant about the thought that Bill Clinton might be asked to speak at his father's funeral instead of him.
At this time, the Bush family has issued no comment, but given the warrantless wire-tapping that occured under the Bush administration, I'd be curious if they would try to claim this an outrageous violation of their privacy.