Jeb reluctantly says he will not run for President in 2008. However, we all recall, initially, he was his Mama’s and Papa’s first choice for the job. He was groomed for the position. Brother George had long been seen as the black sheep, a failure.
Then he was re-born; he could relate to the Christian Coalition, the common-man, his party’s base. With the help of an architect, Karl Rove, the eldest of the babies Bush found his way to the White House. Mom and Dad were proud, but patterns from the past seem to be haunting this Bush. George Walker Bush is no longer a popular President. Polls place his approval at about 36 percent.
Brother Jeb might fare better. Though the younger Bush professes he has no intention of running, his family encourages him. This Wednesday, Big-Bro Georgie, in an interview with Florida reporters, declared "I would like to see Jeb run at some point in time, but I have no idea if that's his intention or not."
Jeb Bush, 53, will end his second term as governor of Florida in January 2007. King George II will end his term in January 2009. Neither can seek re-election to the offices they now hold. However, they can campaign for other positions. A two-year period is considered perfect for priming a Presidential pump and Jeb knows how to do this.
The man born into a powerful political family, and oil dynasty, could prepare and present his campaign well. Jeb Bush has savvy and name recognition. He is slick and has lots of black gold. Jeb says he is not interested, [for now]; he is busy doing his job. At a conference in Fort Lauderdale, Governor Jeb explained, "I'm not running for president. I'm not running for United States Senate.” He continued, "I'm trying to be a good governor." His smile might have said more than his words.
His own father, George Herbert Walker Bush, forty-first President of the United States says no one believes Jeb when he says he's not interested in the prominent post. A year ago, when interviewed on CNN's Larry King Live, Former President Bush posed ‘he would like Jeb to run one day’ and that the son would be "awfully good" as president.
Before May 10, 2006, it was a thought often expressed. As of today, it seems the stage is set. Polls have been taken. Presidents from the past, and the present endorse the younger Bush Boy Wonder. Now, America waits. Will Jeb walk down that runway? Will our next President possibly be another Bush? Please, say it ain’t so! Is it a rumor or a reality; could Bush after Bush be America’s fate?
References for your review . . .
• Jeb Would Make a 'Great President,' Bush Says, By Bill Brubaker. Washington Post Thursday, May 11, 2006
• A 3rd President Bush? First 2 All for It ABC News
• Pollster Suggests Bush Moves Might Be Too Little, Too Late By Eric Pianin and Chris Cillizza. Washington Post. Sunday, May 7, 2006
• Poll: Bush Ratings At All-Time Low CBS News February 27, 2006
• Another Bush in the White House? By Nedra Pickler
• New documents obtained by CNN suggest coordination between religious group, Bush campaign By Brooks Jackson. CNN
• Bush's Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential By James Moore, Wayne Slater
• Historians vs. George W. Bush, By Robert S. McElvaine. History News Network
• Senior Bush plugs Jeb for president 'someday' CNN News Wednesday, June 1, 2005