George W. Bush is not helping his little brother out by opening his big mouth, lately. What’s ironic about this is that even he acknowledged this much in front of a crowd of 7,000 health IT experts when he spoke at the annual conference for the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, on Wednesday.
He summed up most of Jeb’s problems by simply saying one word:
He’s right about that much, and it’s not hard to figure out why, either. Instead of helping his brother, which is what bros are for, George decided to share his own mother’s feelings concerning Jeb Bush’s presidential run:
Even my mother said, ‘Yes, haven’t we had enough Bushes?’
Surely, George was just trying to be his funny, usual self in front of a crowd in order to bring good cheer and applause. Life is good in retirement, after all — one should spend it laughing and making your brother’s life extraordinarily difficult. But, this is now headline news, and it wasn’t a joke. Barbara actually meant it.
In fairness, Barbara Bush has said this about Jeb in the past when people first started speculating of a possible run, that she didn’t think another Bush should be in the White House. She went on to clarify that by saying:
There are other people out there who are qualified. We don’t need another one.
What W. was really getting at was:
That’s why you won’t see me out there, and he doesn’t need to defend me — he’s totally different from me. The role of family is not to be a political adviser or a policy adviser — there are plenty of those around — the role is to say, ‘Hey man, I love you.’
Good way to show your love. He did end up finally giving him his endorsement, even though he reiterated to the whole world their mother didn’t think him being President was a good idea, and that’s okay, because even his family didn’t want him to be.
My two girls had no desire to see me run for office. Their response was, ‘You’re not as good as you think you are; you’re going to lose.’ And when that didn’t work, ‘You’re going to ruin our life.’
So, I said to Jeb, ‘Hang in there; you can do the job. Will you win? I hope so, but I don’t know. But, if he does — he’d be a damn good president — I’ll tell you that.
They should bro hug, and then Jeb should kindly tell big brother to leave the campaigning to him from now on.