January 4th, 2009
04:16 PM ET
2 years ago

Bush 41: Now probably a ‘bad time’ for Jeb to run for W.H.

Former President George H. W. Bush says son, Jeb, possesses all the qualities necessary to win the White House.
Former President George H. W. Bush says son, Jeb, possesses all the qualities necessary to win the White House.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – His son hasn’t left the White House yet, but former president George H. W. Bush is already thinking about the next Bush who might one day move in. The elder Bush says his oldest son, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, has all the qualities necessary to occupy the Oval Office.

“I’d like to see him run, I’d like to see him be president some day,” the nation’s 41st chief executive declared on “Fox News Sunday.” He is “as qualified and as able as anyone I know in the political scene."

However, the senior Bush acknowledged, “Right now is probably a bad time, because we've got enough Bushes in there.”

In the meantime, the former president suggested his son would make an “outstanding senator” because Jeb “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.”

The current President Bush agrees, openly saying he would like to see his brother run for the Florida Senate seat, replacing outgoing Republican incumbent Mel Martinez in 2010.

soundoff (244 Responses)
  1. Robin

    Insanity truely runs in that family, these comments from HW prove it! Yes, you should love and believe in your children but the rest of us don't have to.

    January 4, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  2. chedar

    PLEASE! NOT ANOTHER BUSH. NEVER EVER AGAIN.

    January 4, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  3. ABG

    Bush 43 ruined any chance of Jeb Bush becoming President at any time.

    Something is lacking with all those Bush brothers!

    January 4, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  4. Idiot family

    Oh yea...we need another inarticulate crooked neocon like Jeb Bush to run this country into the ground–just like his idiot brother. They have presided over the worst years our country has experienced, and this demented old man thinks the people want more....put a diaper on the old man and send him back to Kennebunkie...he speaks for no one but the rest of that dumb family...we are finally almost free of these crooks: good riddance!

    January 4, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  5. MK

    We had one Bush too many. Jeb doesn't stand a chance. Too many drug addicts and skeletons in his closet. Maybe one of 41's "brown" grandchildren can run? I know, I know....awaiting moderation.......

    January 4, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  6. Ken

    This opinion from a man who couldn't get elected a for a second term!

    Even "W" did THAT!! And we know how "great" he was during his second term!!!

    Sorry – I think the dynasty is done.

    January 4, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  7. dr.mimi de la cruz

    DARLING, WE HAD ENOUGH BUSHES BEFORE WE ELECTED

    THE FIRST ONE. WE JUST DIDN'T KNOW. WE KNOW NOW. &

    WE WILL NOT CONSIDER VOTING FOR A BUSH

    IF HE WALKS ON WATER & MULTIPLIES THE FISH.

    * THE WORST COLLECTION OF DO NOTHINGS RIGHT IN HISTORY *

    January 4, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  8. Monique

    I almost choked on my food....You've got to be kidding me! LMAO!

    I think George Sr. may have the first signs of Alzheimers....

    January 4, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  9. Olivia

    HE MUST BE DILUSIONAL! George WH Bush must be crazy if he thinks this nation is going to vote for another Bush after all the mess that his son has gotten us into. Not to mention his own low approval ratings when he left office. You're legacy's finished papa. There is no way there will be another Bush in the white house.

    January 4, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  10. Former Republican

    THE SHAME IS OURS FOR ELECTING ANY OF THEM.

    WE AMERICANS DO LEARN BY OUR MISTAKES &

    IT'S NOT LIKELY THAT WE WILL MAKE THAT MISTAKE AGAIN.

    January 4, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  11. Jules

    NO MORE BUSHES! I have more respect for the elder Bush than for the moron he shoved into the White House for the last 8 years, but this family just doesn't know when to stop. GO AWAY!!!

    January 4, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  12. Ernie in LA

    America needs more trees and less bushes.

    January 4, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  13. Toby in Illinois

    A bad time? Wow. Whadya know? A lucid Bush!

    January 4, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  14. Sherrol in Canada

    @Griff January 4th, 2009 4:53 pm ET

    Brothers!!!! Future!!! America embrace
    -------------------------------–
    Griff, time to take your meds, prescripton or otherwise and say goodnight.

    January 4, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  15. Joe the Boxer

    He wouldn't make it past the primaries...

    January 4, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  16. Robert Thompson

    To all you Bushes:
    It's better to be thought a fool than to speak up and remove ALL doubt!!!

    January 4, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  17. keekers

    Good God! Isn't the rape and sodomy of this country by his eldest son enough? H.W., you should demand that your family step out of politics. It's the least you could do.

    January 4, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  18. IndiePA

    There will NEVER be a good time for another Bush mistake. Take them home, George H. W., and let them live off of their multi-million dollar trusts. They have both provided enough "service" to this nation to last through the lifetimes of my grandchildren. If the Republican Party has one ounce of brainpower, it will never allow even more desecration of this nation by a Bush or a Palin.

    January 4, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  19. Steve

    The Republican Party is dead thank's to the to Bush's. Not to many
    would vote for another Republican to create a 3rd ecomonical disater.
    People are already talking about a major political party to relace the Republican party.

    January 4, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  20. MK

    "meka" , It was Neil Bush who was linked to the savings and loan scandals, among other scandals, Neil is also the one with a talkie ex wife who likes to spill family secrets. I know it gets hard to distinguish between all the Bushes, they are all so involved in bad deals, bad relationships, drugs. Well, they are just bad people.

    January 4, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  21. Renee

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

    January 4, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  22. a little sad

    Ya think?

    January 4, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  23. H-Town

    This country wants and craves to move forward. Not Bush backward! Enough already!

    January 4, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  24. Proud American

    This family and republicans give me the creeps.

    January 4, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  25. Meh

    No way. Enough is enough.

    January 4, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
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