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Sequester Jester: Pentagon Signs $31K Contract For Oil Portrait Of Leon Panetta

Sequester Jester: Pentagon Signs $31K Contract For Oil Portrait Of Leon Panetta

10:09 AM, Jul 22, 2013 • By JERYL BIER

Washington D.C. is big on tradition, and one of those traditions involves official portraits of top government officials. The Defense Department just awarded a $31,200 contract (frame included) to Portraits, Inc. for an official portrait of former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta:

The Washington Headquarters Services Acquisition Directorate issued a Firm-Fixed Price (FFP) purchase order for the painting and delivery of the official oil portrait for the former Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, as required by the Department of Defense. This portrait shall be executed by an artist experienced in commissions of Presidential Cabinet Level or other Senior/High Ranking Officials. The official portrait shall be suitable for permanent exhibition as part of the Pentagon Collection in the Pentagon, Washington DC.

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Seems resonable for a portrait

in oil actually. Most qualified portrait artists would take 2-3 months to complete an oil painting. Oils are much different than other types of paint due to the drying time. To be commissioned by a government agency, 30k is pretty resonable.

Now the question of whether or not there should be a purchase of a portrait is another thing, but as far as they paid for it, it's resonable value.

A Portrait For The Criminally Incompetent

I could see Panetta taking a mug shot and put in a lineup..

Do you recognize this man?

Yea, he is the criminal who used laser guided drone laser missiles to murder my family in Pakistan...

Don't steal from Peter to pay Paul for a self Portrait of Merry!

http://youtu.be/dTFJxM3m-lY "The First Time" Peter, Paul & Mary, 1965 (BBC Studio)

The Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens was born on June 28 in 1577. That’s his self portrait from when he was in his mid-40s. He passed on in 1640.

Peter Paul Rubens had to do for himself. He could not gain by stealing from Peter to pay Paul.

Let Leon P paint his own self portrait. Let him show his own self worth.

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul


Don't steal money from Paul for a portrait of Mary's Peter!

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"The Pentagon Collection" of SofDs = The "Hall of Shame."

They should paint Panetta, and they should put him where he becomes, with the others.

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This just shows how out of whack our idea of "public service"

has become. A photo portrait in a $200 frame would do just fine. The arrogance of "government officials" is astounding, from city hall to DC.

Undo what Wilson did

At that price

if it comes from my pocket, I would prefer it be outsourced. In Thailand you can get an excellent hand-painted portrait w/frame for 200 bucks.