Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who is strongly contemplating a run for president, tried to blunt the criticism that the country isn’t ready for yet another Bush presidency by telling New Hampshire residents Friday that he, his father and brother “make our own mistakes in life,” according to the Associated Press. At the same time, he dodged questions about how a Jeb Bush administration would contrast with brother George W. Bush and father George H.W. Bush, saying he thought the issue was irrelevant.
Bush was speaking to a crowd at the “Politics and Eggs” event at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, where portraits of his brother and father hang. "I'm going to have to show my heart, show who I am, tell my story," Bush said, according to the AP. "It's a little different than the story of my brother and my dad. This may come as a shock to you, but you have brothers and sisters, so you may appreciate this: We're not all alike. We make our own mistakes in life. We are on our own life's journey."
So-called “Bush fatigue,” or the idea that a third Bush in the White House will be unpalatable to voters, is perhaps Jeb’s biggest liability. He told about 100 Republicans at the Concord (N.H.) Republican Party’s “Politics and Pies” event Thursday night that he will have to prove to voters that his run isn’t just an effort to further the “Bush dynasty.”
“Not just to yap about it but to do it," he said, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. "And if I do that, then the Bush dynasty thing and all that Clinton-Bush deal -- all that stuff subsides. That's my plan. If you've got a better one, let me know.”
After taking questions from a friendly crowd at “Politics and Eggs,” Bush met with the press and sidestepped questions about how his potential presidency would contrast with his brother’s and father’s, tweeted Time magazine reporter Zeke Miller. “Getting into the differences with previous presidents I don’t think is particularly relevant,” Bush said.