June 16th, 2008
03:06 PM ET
6 years ago

Second President Bush floats prospect of a third

Jeb Bush has long been considered a likely presidential candidate.
Jeb Bush has long been considered a likely presidential candidate.

(CNN) – For only the second time in nearly three decades, there won’t be a Bush on the presidential ballot this November. But that absence may not be a permanent one, the current White House occupants hinted Sunday.

President Bush was asked by a SkyNews correspondent whether the end of his term marked the end of the Bush presidential dynasty that began with his father’s Oval Office tenure 20 years ago.

In response, Bush singled out his brother, who has often been mentioned as a possible Republican presidential contender. "Well, we've got another one out there who did a fabulous job as governor of Florida, and that's Jeb,” he said. “But you know, you better ask him whether or not he's thinking of running. But he'd be a great president."

There had been wide speculation in 2000 that Jeb Bush would enter the Republican primary race that was won by his brother.

During the SkyNews interview, first lady Laura Bush added that public service was an "unbelievable” life.

"One of the reasons George and his brother, Jeb, served in office is because they admired their father [Presient George H.W. Bush] so much," she said.

Asked whether that meant her husband was not “the last Bush," she responded: “Well, who knows. We'll see."


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  1. Brian

    Oh No! God Help us all. Nightmare nightmare nightmare

    June 16, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  2. NickNas

    and WHO didn't see THIS one Coming???

    This is EASY to accomplish in this new era where the people of the USA AVote NAME Recognition and Faily Relations OVER Ability OR Substance.

    You would think the people who put Bush into office would have learned that an Idiot with ANYONES name is STILL an Idiot.

    But they won't...you watch!!!

    June 16, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  3. Mccain says it's tough to be proud of America

    Did you all hear John mccain say it's tough to be proud of America?

    Now, that is so unpatriotic and people should acknowledge it.

    CNN, let everyone know about it. Don't wish it away because we will not.

    Say no to John Mccain.

    June 16, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  4. Shane

    Not another Criminal in the White House.

    June 16, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  5. Sarah, FL

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.........NOT ANOTHER BUSH...NOT EVER!

    JEB BUSH WAS A GOOD GOVERNOR FOR FLORIDA BUT HELL NO, NOT ANOTHER BUSH IN OFFICE. ENOUGH WITH THE DYNASTIES ALREADY!

    June 16, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  6. Kenneth M

    IF HE IS AS FAT HEADED AS HIS DAD AND BROTHER WE CAN DO WITHOUT HIM. 2 BUSH AND 2 CLINTONS IS ENOUGH.

    June 16, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  7. Chuck

    Twelve years of GHWB & GWB is already twelve years too many. If there is going to be another one, he or she could at least be decent enough to waight until after I'm dead before running.

    June 16, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  8. Daughter of USAF Master Sargeant

    To USAF Staff Sargeant – Maybe God will help us elect another Bush; sure beats any of the liberal Democrats' options. Face it – The Dems will try to appease terrorists and that will cause greater problems for our children.

    June 16, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  9. Karen from Charlottesville

    We will not have another Bush in the White House. Ever. I cannot believe that Bush is stupid enough, or blind enough, not to realize how reviled he is in the United States of America and the rest of the world, with the exception, possibly, of Africa. I would not be surprised if he was tried for war crimes after his term is over.

    June 16, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  10. Pam

    No more Bushes or Clintons!!!!!

    June 16, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  11. kingsley

    Over my dad body, what an insult, you post such a thing for Americans to read

    June 16, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  12. shannon

    GWB has destroyed the Bush family name. It will be another 100 years before we see another Bush in the White House.

    June 16, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  13. Colony14Author

    I don't ever again want to see another Bush, Clinton, or Kennedy in office. Enough is enough. We need to enact term limits to get rid of the politicians on both sides of the aisle (like Robert Byrd of West Virginia) who spend their lives enjoying the overly generous perks of public office, while doing nothing but waste hard-earned taxpayer dollars in distributions to those who didn't earn them.

    This nation needs statemen, not politicians. Unfortunately, those men and women of integrity who could run the country well are busy running their own lives and business well, leaving the field of governing open to egomaniacs and socialists.

    June 16, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  14. Richard

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 16, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  15. jo

    CNN, why aren't you posting my messages???? could you give me at east a reason???

    June 16, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  16. Shane

    Actually he is not a good governor. He helped steal the election in 2000.

    June 16, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  17. Judith

    No Thank you! I've lived through the election stealing reign of Jeb Bush and the inept and morally corrput reign of George W. Bush and I have had enough!

    June 16, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    I don't know the accuracy, but I once read political commentary that suggested the Bush family plan was George HW, Jeb, George W. This seems to lend some credence to that, that Jeb was originally expected to step into the 2000 race. Either way I guess we have at least 4+ years to see if Jeb wants to take a shot.

    June 16, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  19. Jim, Atlanta

    Jeb actually might have been a decent President ,but his buffoon of an older brother has put a pox upon the Bush name forever.

    The chances of another Bush President is very close to the chance for another Carter President.

    June 16, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  20. Won't Be Held Hostage by Clinton Supporters

    I literally just got sick to my stomach. Thanks for ruining my lunch hour with that prospect!

    June 16, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  21. Joseph

    OMG, NO!

    June 16, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  22. justice

    if anyone with a name bush who is related to george W try to run for any office, especialy the presidency, I beleive that the electorate will pick up rocks and stones to chase him or her away.

    June 16, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  23. kingsley

    Over my dead body, what an insult, you post such a thing for Americans to read

    June 16, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  24. Stephen

    God Please...NO! We should have elected Jeb in 2000 instead of the crackhead that's been there the last 7 years. I hope the Bushes will melt into obscurity, unfortunately, they will probably decide they need to "serve" and another one will slither out of Kennebunkport to wreak havoc on the world.

    June 16, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  25. MD

    Jeb might have had a chance if it weren't for George.

    Now, however, a Bush cannot get elected as a dog catcher.

    To Independent for Obama: ANYONE is better than GW. A "decent" governor does not necessarily make a good president.

    I think the Bush dynasty is already DEAD.

    June 16, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
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