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TODAY's Takeaway: George W. reveals paintings; Johnny Depp confirms engagement

April 4, 2014 at 2:23 PM ET

George W. Bush reveals portraits, Craig Melvin weighs in on paternity leave and Johnny Depp announces engagement.
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George W. Bush reveals portraits, Craig Melvin weighs in on paternity leave and Johnny Depp announces engagement.

1. Former President George W. Bush unveiled his paintings of world leaders exclusively on TODAY, including his most personal work: a portrait of his own father.

"I watched him very carefully through his presidency," Bush told his daughter, TODAY’s Jenna Bush Hager. "I always admired him as a man. It was a joyful experience to paint him. I painted a gentle soul."

Video: Former President George W. Bush shares an exclusive, first-ever look at the portraits he painted of fellow world leaders, including his most personal subject: his own father. TODAY contributing correspondent Jenna Bush Hager reports.

Following the gallery tour, Former First Lady Barbara Bush got her first look at the George H.W. Bush portrait.

"That's my husband?!" she asked Jenna, Matt and Savannah with a smile.

Video: Former first lady Barbara Bush joins TODAY to chat about her son, former President George W. Bush, and his new painting hobby. She gives thumbs up to a portrait he did of his father: “He’s good.” But when asked if she'll sit for a portrait herself, she says, "Absolutely not."

2. While promoting his new movie, “Transcendence,” Johnny Depp revealed for the first time that he’s engaged to 27-year-old actress Amber Heard.

When Savannah asked if Heard was pregnant, Depp responded, "What do you think I am, a savage? It's not a shotgun affair.”

Video: The actor sits down with TODAY's Savannah Guthrie and confirms his engagement to actress Amber Heard, insisting that she’s not pregnant. He also chats about his new sci-fi movie, “Transcendence.”

3. Our own Craig Melvin weighed in on the paternity leave debate that was sparked earlier this week when Mets star Daniel Murphy took time off to be with his wife and newborn.

Video: Mets star Daniel Murphy, who missed the season’s first two games this week to attend the birth of his first child, sparked a heated discussion about paternity leave after his decision didn’t sit well some sportscasters. NBC’s Craig Melvin reports.

4. Speaking of adorable babies: Hockey star T.J. Oshie shared news that his new baby girl is recovering from surgery for a birth defect.

“She’s adorable,” the Olympian told TODAY. “You catch yourself just holding her for two hours and looking at her the whole time."

Video: St. Louis Blues hockey player T.J. Oshie helped Team USA beat Russia at the Sochi Olympics, while knowing the baby he and his fiancée were about to deliver would have a stressful start. She was born with a rare medical condition that’s kept her in the hospital. NBC’s Ron Mott reports.

5. Al’s been home most of the week recovering from shoulder surgery. The perfect antidote? A call from Vice President Joe Biden, of course.

Video: The TODAY anchors check in with Al Roker after his shoulder surgery. Roker says, “I feel pretty good,” and reports that he got a call from Vice President Joe Biden, who checked in to see how he was feeling.

6. Three-year-old Rylee Taylor was diagnosed with a rare eye disease after her mom posted a picture of her on Facebook.

“People talk about the perils of social media,” Matt Lauer said after hearing Rylee’s story. “Here’s a case where it worked, and it really had an important outcome.”

Video: A little Mississippi girl was diagnosed with a rare eye disease because after her mom posted a picture of her 3-year-old daughter on Facebook. Crowdsourcing may have actually saved some of her daughter’s vision.

And that’s TODAY’s Takeaway!

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