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Barbara Bush says there have been enough Bushes in the White House

By Tom McCarthy, The Guardian
Thursday, April 25, 2013 12:40 EDT
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Barbara Bush counsels against former Florida governor attempting to follow her husband and son to the White House

A recent poll of Republicans found the former Florida governor Jeb Bush to be solidly in the middle of the 2016 presidential pack. He beats Chris Christie on favorability and ties with Paul Ryan in the rankings of whom the party wants as the 2016 nominees.

Unfortunately for Jeb, his mother won’t let him.

Barbara Bush said on Thursday that while her son would be the best candidate, he should not run for president because “we’ve had enough Bushes”. Barbara is the wife of former president George HW Bush and the mother of former president George W Bush.

The Bush matriarch made her decision known in an appearance with other “Bush women” on NBC’s Today show to mark the opening of George W Bush’s presidential library in Dallas, Texas. Also appearing were George W Bush’s wife, Laura Bush, and daughters, Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Bush. Host Matt Lauer asked the quartet about Jeb Bush’s possible candidacy. Laura Bush thought it sounded like a great idea.

“Sure, he’d be terrific, he’d be a wonderful president,” she said. “But who knows? We don’t know, and we’re just letting him decide.”

Then Barbara Bush the elder spoke up.

[Jeb is] by far the best qualified man, but no, I really don’t want to see him run for president. There are other people out there that are very qualified and we’ve had enough Bushes.

“Surprise!” said Jenna Bush Hager, turning to her sister.

Explaining herself, Barbara Bush, 87, hinted at fatigue from a life of noblesse oblige. “I think it’s a great country,” she said. “There are a lot of great families. There aren’t just four families or whatever. I don’t think he’ll run. There are other families.”

On the very same program just seven weeks previously, Jeb Bush hgad said he would not rule out a White House run:

I have a voice, I want to share my beliefs about how the conservative movement and the Republican party can regain its footing, because we’ve lost our way.

George W Bush said on Wednesday that he hoped his brother would run. “My first advice is run,” Bush said in a C-Span interview tied to the opening of his library. “My advice would be surround yourself with good people, create an environment in which they don’t feel like they need to walk in and pander to you, but they can walk in and give you their frank opinions.”

If it’s frank opinions he’s after, Jeb won’t have to look far.

© Guardian News and Media 2013

Watch the video, broadcast by the “Today” show on April 25.

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