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. Judy, Mia. Fl

    We don't want any more Bushes in Washington. Jeb helped steal the 2000 election for his brother. Didn't they make enought money off our backs for the their oil friends yet?

    If Jeb runs, we'll need a strong Democratic/Independent opponent and lots of money and hard work from all of us to ensure he doesn't get elected because here in Floriday ou just never know.

    Please keep Floriday in your prayers. Florida must never again have a Bush representing it in any capacity – even as a state dog catcher. I'm sure they'd find a way to screw that up too.

    January 4, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  2. the Reality

    President Bush attacked a country with false evidence. the un inspectors were still conducting the search for WMD when Mr Bush and Mr Cheney decided to attack the country. the completely destroyed the countries infrastructure and left it at the brink of civil war. all of our allies have quit the region and now it left for the US to clean up the mess they created with our tax money. and we know how good we are at cleaning up mess. Congress man Charlie Wilson can answer that question very well… how we left Afghanistan in shambles after the civil war after it helped us bring USSR to its knees. we could provide billions of dollars in weapons but could not have built school for people in afghanistan because why would we want any thrid world country to raise up to our standards. we want them to keep fighting among each others so that we can sell them weapons. Who created the heaven for terrorist in Afghanistan. we did when we left the country after afghan soviet war without ever helping the people to stand up on their feet. and we are doing it again now. sending forces to that region is not the answer. send engineers build schools teach them how to live there life that should be our mission which has not been the mission of Mr Bush. he was ready to put a mission accomplished banner behind him when all of iraq was burning in fire. that is the kind of impression we have left on the whole world. and now its coming back to hurt us. when our own economy is so shattered that we now need help from countries like china and India to put food on our tables. they are giving us credit so that we can run the government the way we have been … what happens if they don't…. our way of life will be disrupted forever the way things are going in this country… there is a cloud of fear in us …. we know what we have done to rest of the world and now we are afraid of reprecussions. but we can change all that but we cant do it with the philosophy of Mr. Bush and Seceretary of State Rice.

    January 4, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  3. ifecop

    i love that man (The current president), nevermind what is on the ground. u know why i like him? he is always cheerful any time u see him, laughing, joking despite all the criticism, he does not care a bit.

    maybe the brother would make a better president than current bush but he better run in 2080 so that the world will have enough time to recover from the shock we are going through now.

    January 4, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  4. dr.mimi de la cruz

    Hayden,

    SORRY TO INFORM YOU BUT YOU DID VOTE FOR A BUSH.

    MCSAME HAS SUPPORTED THE SAME POLICY OF ENRICHING

    THE RICH AS BOTH BUSHES DID FOR THREE DECADES & IF HE

    HAD WON HE WOULD HAVE CONTINUED THOSE POLICIES

    UNTIL HIS LAST BREATH. THEN THAT INTELLECTUAL PALIN

    WOULD HAVE DONE THE SAME GREAT JOB.

    January 4, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  5. Fed up in Colorado

    Just how stupid do the Bushes think the American people are? Do they think the third one will be a charm? Bush Sr hit the nail on the head: the public is fed up w/ the Bushes right now...and forever. Everyone knows if Jeb Bush's state had been counted fairly, GW would have never been elected in the first place.
    Mr Reid was right: GW is the WORST PRESIDENT THE US HAS EVER HAD! Sorry, Ms Rice, GW will never ever be viewed as anything but the worst president. Look at he blatently favored all his buddies in the Pharmaceutal industry by the MMA of 2003 and has almost bankrupt Medicare by doing so; look at how he has favored his buddies in oil and gas and almost bankrupt the public, look at how he has baled out his buddies in the financial industry. And look at all the brave American soldiers who have been killed, maimed for life, injured in that trumped up war in Iraq... and how many more veterans are still suffering from the first Gulf War... Good riddance to the Bushes, may they all receive the rewards they so justly deserve and bask in the heat forever!

    January 4, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  6. S Callahan

    What ever happen to taking nepotism out of politics....

    I can't stop laughing...I'll tell you..it's gall just to think it !!!! lol

    January 4, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  7. mrscarpediem

    You call him "the senior Bus" not the senior Bush...

    January 4, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  8. Wick Beavers

    Why don't all the Bushes go grab Dick Cheney and go winter duck hunting on their little island in Kennebunkport and vow to us not one of them will ever come back?
    Maybe W will lose his fake drawl and start drinking and cussing again- might start enjoying life a little more.
    Please no more Bush ever again. Hear that Uncle Jeb?

    January 4, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  9. mike in boca

    If you look at the history of the Bush family, none of them have accomplished or earned much of anything. What they have done, was to be placed in positions by appointment, poor business practices, and dishonest political tactics. The real question that we may never know, is who chose these incompetent people to be nominees for the postions that they ultimately held? Jeb may look like an attractive candidate for another elective office, but only if he is compared to the likes of his brothers and father. I am sure the republicans can find an honorable, intelligent and enlightened candidate to represent the people of Florida.

    January 4, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  10. Pat

    I wish the Bush family would go away... please tell me we might not have to endure yet another member of that family. If we do, I am moving to another country.

    January 4, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  11. No Hillary = No Obama

    This family cares nothing about anyone but themselves. George Bush has run this country into the ground and they think Americans will tolerate another Bush loser? The elder Mr. Bush must be suffering from dementia.

    January 4, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    Please,I THINK WE HAVE SEEN ENOUGH

    January 4, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  13. k

    no.no.no.no.no.no.no.no.no.no.no.no.no.no.no.no.no.no.no.no.no.no.no.no.no.no.no.no.no.no.no.no.no.no.no.no.no.no.no.no.no.no.no.no.no.no

    No more idiot presidents, which implies no more Bush's.

    January 4, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  14. mike in boca

    If you look at the history of the Bush family, none of them have accomplished or earned much of anything. What they have done, was to be placed in positions by appointment, poor business practices, and dishonest political tactics. The real question that we may never know, is who chose these incompetent people to be nominees for the postions that they ultimately held? Jeb may look like an attractive candidate for another elective office, but only if he is compared to the likes of his brothers and father. I am sure the republicans can find an honorable, intelligent and enlightened candidate to represent the people of Florida. I have not previously sumbitted this comment. If you have a comment section then let people sumbit their comments.

    January 4, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  15. Texas Teacher

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

    Oh, indeed, he does.. he has big daddy to slide him right into the job on the Silver Chair with wheels that he used to get big brother Georgie into office! Mark my words... the Bush Machine is a force to reckon with. Get ready, folks, we will have to be on our guard for that event.... trust me, he will try it if he is still living. He wants his dynasty to continue.... by hook or crook... and that is how they did it the last time.

    When do these old guys retire? :)

    January 4, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  16. pb

    Please go away Bushes!!! Give America a rest (like forever) from this family whose only allies seem to be Fox News and Wolf Blitzer. Who will be paying for this media blitz after Jan 20? It'd better not be the taxpayers.

    January 4, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  17. Tariq

    LOL...McCain lost because he was so tied to Bush, do you think another BUSH stands a better chance??

    In fact, even FL senator is a bad idea.

    January 4, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  18. La Chatte

    NO!!!!

    January 4, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  19. Proud Liberal

    If this country ever elected another "Bush" from this Bush family, the rest of the world will look on us as complete morons and they would be absolutely right about that! Those who put "W" in office need to educate themselves about world politics and economics because "me me me" is not going to grow this country, create jobs, provide educations, tackle health care crisis and leave the country in a better situation for the next generation. We have all witnessed over the last few months what uncontrolled capitalism results in. The likes of MADOFF are sprinkled throughout the Republican roost....Who can I screw today?

    January 4, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  20. Nora Mitchell

    Yeah. Now probably is a bad time. Jeb should wait for pigs to fly and for hell to freeze over. It is likely a good idea for Burnham Wood to come to Dunsinane, too, before he makes any moves toward higher office. In fact... no. Never mind. It's just plum stupid to ride the coattails of an ignoramus, nearly as brainless as putting Mrs. Schlossburg in the Senate seat just because she's really a... No. Forget it, Jeb. Pa, sorry. Just forget it.

    January 4, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  21. BUSH BEGONE, AND NOW 75% OF AMERICA AGREES, FINALLY!

    Yes, looks like daddy is upset the current moron did not push this country into a depression before he was voted out of office, so, he wants to give Jeb the chance to complete the job.

    No more shrubs, they are all from the same shallow gene pool.

    January 4, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  22. Proud American

    Griff – Wow I'm now convinced your a republican, because your a complete Idiot.

    January 4, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  23. Diane L. Pelletier

    Jeb Bush can run for the senate and probably win but as for president and after having 2 Bush's in the white house that is a sore subject for the american people to cope with. Both 41 and 43 have been bad presidents for our nation we really don't want another Bush in the white house.

    January 4, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  24. Cissy

    Bush and the GOP already know how stupid the American public is – Dubya was voted in a second time. So many are to pathetically scared of Obama and the Democrats that they are likening his election to the onset of Armageddon. No wonder we want your type out of public office!

    And by "your type", I mean either party using fear and ignorance based tactics to lie to the public.

    Enough! Stop having America be the laughingtock of the entire world!

    January 4, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  25. Krystal

    We will see where four years of "negotiating with terrorists" leaves us. Isn't that what Obama has proposed doing with Iran. How do you negotiate with people who feel that it is the highest honor to blow themselves up for their cause? You don't negotiate with terrorists. You stand firm and let them know that you will not tolerate their attacks and that you will do all that is possible to take them out. That is what Bush was trying to do in Iraq. You can't tell me that Saddam Hussein was not harboring terrorist and monitarily supporting them. He was an evil man who ruled with an iron fist and fear. Bush understands how to fight terrorism and that is why I have been honored to have him be my president. However, I will certainly be more respective of the incoming president than my fellow Americans have been of Bush simply because that is what the office calls for. I didn't vote for Obama and he scares me alot but I will pray for him and the decisions he makes.

    January 4, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
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