January 4th, 2009
04:16 PM ET
6 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. Proud American

    America please stop being so mean to the Bush's. When we needed a Idiot to run the country, the Bush's have always stepped forward for the challange. Sometimes Americans can be so ungreatfull.

    January 4, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  2. Daniel Smith

    The country needs to be shaved of excess Bush.

    January 4, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  3. ME IN FL

    Bush Sr. I know it is hard as a parent to admit that your sons are failures. You must be really senile to think that you would like to see Jeb as Pres.
    What did Jeb do for Florida??? NOTHING. The only thing he did is fix the elections so that Dumbo could win and make Florida the laughing stock of the country!! Apparently both of your sons are very good at that!!!! I am proud to say that I never voted for any of your sons!!

    As a Floridian, I hope that the DNC comes out with a strong candidate because we do not want another Bush for Senator nor for Pres!! Let the Bushes get our and disappear from the politicial arena.

    January 4, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  4. Big Ed

    TCM – How in the world can you support your baseless claims? You bash Obama for not jumpin in on W's term? You ought to be jumping on W. for sitting on the sidelines until time runs out. He has done that too mucah as it is.These are punk moves. W. is still president.. Look at your calendar!

    If you want to support W., that is your choice. Make sure you are using facts and common sense, not getting your information from Rush or Ann. Just say NO!

    January 4, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  5. Susie

    I haven't seen this many negative posts since the last Palin article.

    And I agree with all of you-NO MORE BUSHES, and GWB deserves prison time.

    January 4, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  6. Charles Ladouceur

    This would mean the Former President Bush knows nothing of politics if he feels his eldest son is the most qualified to run the White House. It shows the arrogance of the Bush family. They actually believe that they are the only family who can sit and run the White House. Yes i agree they will demolish what is left of what is known as the USA.

    January 4, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  7. An american

    God help America,
    another Pinocchio administration!

    January 4, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  8. casper

    it doesn't matter how smart jeb may be, i don't think we'll ever put him in the white house.

    January 4, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  9. Sue

    End nepotism now.
    Vote for the new face... always.

    January 4, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |


    January 4, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  11. Xavier

    What is really disturbing is that some republican idiots would still vote for another Bush in the oval office. Guess they wont be satisfied till they completely destroy our country.

    January 4, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  12. curtis in WI

    At least one Bush has at least teeny, tiny grasp on reality.

    But seriously, with all the damage Shrub has done and as much as everyone hates him and his cronies, I honestly can't see another Bush being elected for at least 50 years. And even then, they would likely have to produce their family tree to prove they are no relation to 'that Bush'.

    That's not to say the Republican's won't nominate him. I can easily see that.

    January 4, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  13. Luke

    Make that NO TIME will ever be good for another Bush to run again!!! I think 3 wars, a decimated economy, and our Constitution ripped to shreds is enough.

    January 4, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  14. Nick - West Hills (L.A.), CA

    Odd, how we now look back and think that Bush-41 was a decent president, even though he was a one-term president, and, basically thrown out of office.

    I guess considering his son Dubya, it's not too far fetched an idea that 41 was OK.

    At least Jeb does not come across as the village idiot, like Dubya does. If he were going to run, he should have done it back in 2000. Maybe, just maybe, the Bush name would not have been so tarnished.

    Frankly, at this point, the Bush name is dirt, and I hope this country that I love so much, never, ever has to be subjected to leadership by a power abusing, inarticulate moron like Dubya. He has ruined more than can ever be accounted for.

    Good Bye, and good riddance 41, 43 and Jeb.

    January 4, 2009 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  15. Ann

    Are you kidding? I guess the past president doesn't understand why the Republican party lost. Not only was Obama the very best competitor and a leader we all desperately needs, but the world is disgusted over Republican politics and philosophy. Their entire ideology needs to change. How ignorant are they to believe the world would be interested in another Bush. They need a total reconstruction and let's just hope they won't have a chance for at least 8 years.

    January 4, 2009 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  16. BluesBrother

    I have no problem with Jeb, and no problem with Repubs... I have a problem with the man that nearly destroyed this nation.

    We need green not oil, unity not hate. Hydrogen power would lift this nation and allow the earth to heal. WIll be a hard sell because home Hydorogen powered generators would allow the average home to disconect from the electric grid... Big oil, big coal would fight like the devil to stop this from happening.

    January 4, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  17. Sue

    Anyone who relies on any words from that idiot
    Reid really needs government intervention. Looks like he will not be re-elected next cycle; his state is fed up with him.

    January 4, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  18. My Thoughts

    Let him run and let the people decide.
    However in all fairness , I might suggest that we thank them all for their years of service and encourage them all to enjoy their retirements. IMHO the country will not embrace another Bush.

    January 4, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  19. Cal Adkins

    When we list the familial dynasties, let's not forget Kennedy, Biden.

    January 4, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  20. Ann

    How absolutely absurd for a Bush to think they aren't finished! Of course, I must admit Jeb and Sarah are about 2 of a kind. However, not only does the entire Republican party need a wake up call, but anyone who allowed Bush to get away with what he has done the last 8 years, should be investigated. This man and his cohorts should truly be investigated and convicted for the policies he has upheld.

    We need miracles to try to turn this country around. Finally, the US can begin to hold up their heads high and at least have some hope for a brighter future once Jan 20 arrives.

    January 4, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  21. Who was Michael Connell?

    The Fuhrer had a number of party faithful even till the end.Some people never overcome stupity.

    January 4, 2009 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  22. jojodancer1119

    What a travesty!!!!!

    January 4, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  23. Carol Myers

    I sure hope there are enough people in Florida who will not vote for another Bush no way, no how, no Bushes. I 'm going one step further,no way, no how, no Republican will ever get my vote ever again.
    Carol, Ohio

    January 4, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  24. Who was Michael Connell?


    January 4, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  25. TrueIndependent

    Why are you surprised? He dared to say it out loud because he knows of the GOP's phenomenal ability to hypnotize Americans. Remember, we are like, what's that movie agai , o yeah, the Stepford wives.

    January 4, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
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