Laura Bush's presidential wish for Jeb
January 12th, 2012
02:30 PM ET
6 years ago

Laura Bush's presidential wish for Jeb

(CNN) - Christmas may be over, but a Jeb Bush presidential bid was apparently on the wish list for George and Laura Bush.

The former first lady told a Florida audience Wednesday that she and her husband, the former president, hoped her brother-in-law would decide to run for president this year, according to the Sarasota Herald Tribune.

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"I wish he would," Laura Bush said when asked if Jeb, the former Florida governor, will run for president someday. "We wanted him to this time."

Despite public pleas, Bush declined to run for the Republican nomination in 2012. However, the son of former President George H.W. Bush did not rule out a run in the future.

While speaking as part of the Ringling College Library Association's annual town hall meeting series, Laura Bush pointed to his work on education as evidence he would make a "wonderful" president.

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Filed under: 2012 • Jeb Bush • Laura Bush
soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. maggie

    He’s got his own set of baggage and there is no way another Bush will get into office after the recent disaster. Sorry, Laura, back to Texas you go. Talk about tone deaf!

    January 12, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  2. Emperor Norton

    I could almost see Jeb Bush making a decent go of it on the strength of his ties to the Latino community; if I remember correctly, he's married to a Mexican lady and speaks fluent Spanish.

    I can't imagine he'd get as far as the actual party nomination, though. It's going to take at least a generation to get the stink off the family name after George W.

    January 12, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  3. Mark

    Please, another Bush, America can"t afford that.

    January 12, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  4. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    OK, enough with the family dynasties running the government. No more Bush's, Clinton's, Obama's etc. Problem is that the process has become so toxic, real people, very capable people would never do it. Who amonst us could pass a political colonosopy? The leftists these days even openly attack the children of candidates. In some cases, handicapped children of candidates.

    January 12, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  5. TomInRochNY

    Just what we need more from the family that gave us an unnecessary war and an avoidable recession we haven't even gotten out of yet.

    January 12, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    I think Laura is out of touch with the realities of the economic crisis her husband's administration caused. No doubt, her life and lifestyle kept humming right along as if nothing happened, except for a lot seemingly bad news on the "internets" and television. I pity the woman because she really doesn't seem to understand that "Bush" will be politically incorrect on the national stage for at least a generation.

    I am sure Dubya was just being a good husband to his wife. He knows what he did, and if he doesn't then that is the simplest answer that I have heard to date to the question. "What on earth were they thinking?"

    January 12, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  7. Thomas

    Confusion before clarity .

    The third time is the charm ?

    January 12, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  8. v_mag

    My Christmas wish is that Bush, Cheney, and half that administration goes to jail for a very long time for war crimes.

    January 12, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  9. Sasha

    Sorry, Laura, but your husband has, like a vaccine, made it so no one by the name of "Bush" will ever infect the body politic as president for at least a generation.

    January 12, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  10. patNY

    This is America, not Dynasty! Enough with the Bushes already!

    January 12, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  11. Peace

    The monarchy is coming to America folks.

    January 12, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  12. REG in AZ

    Just an observation: What First Lady was totally apparent in doing next to nothing while her husband was in office? Laura frequently was there standing next to George W, smiling and saying and doing absolutely nothing! Now no one is saying that she had to do anything ... but most just do, at least considerably more than just take care of themselves.

    January 12, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  13. v_mag

    Need we look any further to find examples of 1%ers who are out of touch? In denial? In an alternate reality? Totally bonkers? Bat-crap crazy? Laura, you topped all of them with that comment!

    January 12, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  14. mommytwice

    Dear God, Not another Bush!!! This country cannot survive another one of them. The last one nearly destroyed us.

    January 12, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  15. DB

    After the nightmare of George W., Jeb is unelectable. It could not, and will never, happen.

    January 12, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  16. Larry in Houston

    After the first 2 "Bushes" and Both of their Failures, I highly doubt if Any more "Bushes" run. America will remember that forever. If they don't & another "Bush" slips in between the cracks, it will be the American People's fault. People needs to Know that the Republicans actually hate the working people, in this country. They are for theirselves. Always have been, always will be.

    January 12, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  17. older than dirt


    Presiident Jeb Bush that has a good sound. I for one would Kick in some bucks to see this happen. I am tired of the boobs that are currently running on the republican ticket. We need someone that actually knows how to get things done. Believe me the current contenders couldn't kick there way out of a wet paper sack.

    January 12, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  18. Jamie from Riverside

    Poor Laura, hardly spoke a word in public for 8 years and now proves herself to be just as delusional as her old man.

    January 12, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Too little, too late, Laura. Mittens is set to the be next GWB II. Another spoiled rich elitist brat riding his daddy's coattails and associating with bloodthirsty neocon war criminals like Dick Cheney. The only difference is Mittens doesn't even pretend to be compassionate.

    January 12, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  20. Wes B.

    Look at his giant head in this picture. Wow!

    January 12, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  21. michaelam

    No more Bush(es)! They've inflicted enough damage on this country, which will take years to repair! Stay in Florida, Jeb!

    January 12, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  22. Mike Moderate

    Of course....let Jeb run....after all...he helped steal the 2000 election for his brother. Any family that would use Karl Rove as their henchmen have no conscience and no care for the common man.

    Surely the people of this country are "smart" enough not to choose another Bush. The last "compassionate conservative" Bush almost completely killled this country...........while he spent almost 18 months of his eight years in office on VACATION........and any math person can tell you that when you have war you have to raise money not CUT money

    January 12, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  23. Jake

    Bush fatigue

    January 12, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  24. NoGr8rH8r

    NEVER another Bush as president!

    January 12, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  25. Woman In California

    Well, now we know for a FACT insanity runs in BOTH families.

    January 12, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
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