There could soon be another Bush man in the White House. Former U.S. President George W. Bush said Thursday that his brother, Jeb Bush, would make a great president.
“I think he wants to be president, I think he’d be a great president," Bush told "Fox & Friends" on Thursday. “He understands what it’s like to be president … he’s seen his dad, he’s seen his brother. He’s a very thoughtful man and he’s weighing his options.”
Jeb Bush is the former governor of Florida and has long considered a run for president. He was courted by Republicans in 2012, but ultimately decided to sit out the race. Republican Mitt Romney went on to lose to President Barack Obama that year.
George W. Bush said he wants another president in the family. “I, of course, was pushing him to run for president, he, of course, was saying, ‘I haven’t made up my mind,’ and I truly don’t think he has," he said, according to the New York Daily News. "I don’t think he liked it that his older brother was pushing him."
Bush also defended Obama's decision to launch airstrikes against militants in Syria and Iraq. “The president has to make the choices he thinks are important. I’m not going to second guess our president. I understand how tough the job is. To have a former president bloviating or second guessing, I don’t think is good for the presidency or the country. He and his team will make the best informed decisions they can make,” Bush said.
Obama isn't exactly demanding Bush's advice on Iraq. “He’s not [calling] on a regular basis -- which is OK, it doesn’t hurt my feelings," Bush said. "Presidents tend to rely on the people they’re close to. He’s got a team he’s grown close to … I understand that."