At the 2006 dinner celebrating Jeb Bush’s conclusion of 2 terms as Florida Governor, George HW Bush (41) broke down during his comments as he realized the likelihood of Jeb reaching the oval office was severely diminished thanks to George W, the older brother (43).
41 appeared on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace over the weekend where he said he hopes Jeb pursues Florida’s open Senate seat (Mel Martinez has opted not to run for reelection). After which, 41 hopes that Jeb will become 45.
“I’d like to see him run for president some day,” said 41.
That’s all we need. The good thing is that at 85, the former president realizes that his name doesn’t sit well with many Americans.
“Right now is probably a bad time because maybe we’ve had enough Bushes in there.”
If you read some of the words the former president says about Jeb, it is obvious Jeb is suffering from Tom Smothers syndrome – ‘Mother (and Father) always loved you best’
“I think if Jeb wants to run for the Senate from Florida, he ought to do it. And he’d be an outstanding senator. Here’s a guy that really has a feel for people, the issues in Florida and nationally, and his political days ought not to be over, says his old father.
“Now, if he decides they should be over, I’m all for that, too. He’s — need to make a living, support his wife and family, and — but he’s a good man, Chris. He’s a very good, strong man.”
Jeb has a feel for people – unlike that no good other son of his.
Bush continued to discuss Jeb’s qualifications as a potential Senator from Florida:
“And I think he’s as qualified and able as anyone I know on the political scene. Now, you’ve got to discount that. He’s my son. He’s my son that I love.”
And his brother, George, is the son that I don’t. (Let’s not even discuss Neil.)
Of course Bush 41 while speaking with Wallace already knew what we found out yesterday – the Jeb has opted not to run for the opening Senate seat in 2010. (I’ll have more on Jeb and the Mel Martinez Senate seat in a later post.)
Chris Wallace: “Would you really want, after all you’ve gone through yourself and your son, to have another son go through the White…”
Bush 41: “Absolutely. Absolutely. It’s a question of — it’s about service, service to the greatest country on the face of the earth, and the honor that goes with it, but not just to be president, to be something, but to earn it and to do something that makes you worthy. And I think — I think Jeb fits that description.”
Wallace asked Bush 41 about his son Bush 43:
“He’ll come home with his head high, having ran a clean operation, having kept this country strong and free after an unprecedented-in- history attack, 9/11, and he’ll have a lot to be proud of, and he can start by his mother and father being very proud of him, and we always will be.”
Did he really say that 43 ran a clean operation? Where has 41 been for 8 years?
I agree that Bush 43 has a lot to be proud of. Look at everything he did in his 8 years and he never had to face impeachment hearings. Let’s see how quickly Republicans start whining that Obama must be impeached.
Chris Wallace asked Bush 41 about the ‘unfair attacks’ on 43:
Wallace: “How tough has that been on him? How tough has it been on you?”
Bush 41: “Well, I don’t know about him, but it’s been tough on his father and his mother. We’re not very good sports about sitting around and hearing him get hammered, I think unfairly.
“Now, there’s some things that clearly he deserves criticism for, but I think — I think the idea that everything that’s a problem in this country should be put on his shoulders — I don’t think that’s fair.”
Wallace: “You said earlier there are some things he could fairly be criticized for. Are you willing to tell me any of those?”
Bush 41: “No, I don’t need to go into that. You can go back to your — what do you call it? — your Google and you figure out all that.”
“Your Google?” Like ‘the Google?” The apple surely doesn’t fall far from the tree.