The name of Republican Jeb Bush as the front runner for the party’s presidential candidate for 2016 is not only making rounds in the political corridors of the country, but his presidency bid seems to have turned into a hot family discussion.
Former first lady Barbara Bush has completed a 180 over the most debated issue of whether her son and former Governor of Florida should enter the poll battle and become the third man in the same family to run for the White House.
A Washington Post report said Jeb was onstage at a gala dinner in Florida’s Bonita Springs where he recalled his mother’s take on his potential presidential bid: “Don’t do it”.
With the two Bushes already serving the presidential post in the past, Brabara seems no more interested in seeing another US president from the Bush family.
In April 2013, Barbara has told a news channel, “We’ve had enough Bushes.”
In January 2014, the former first lady had just echoed down her previously made point saying, “There’s no question in my mind that Jeb is the best qualified person to run for president, but I hope he won’t.”
She made the comment during an interview for the “First Ladies” series of C-SPAN.
But with the passing years, she seems to be softening her opposition over the entire issue.
In an October 2014 interview, Jeb said that his mother had “been around the track on his presidential idea”.
“She just believes that it’s something that she doesn’t want my family to go through, although she’s changed her mind on that. So I’m marking her down to `neutral, trending in a different direction’ than she was,” he had said a channel at that time.
At a recent fundraising dinner, Brabara made a short appearance on Skype saying, “Jeb, it’s Mom. Listen, what do you mean, ‘too many Bushes’?… I changed my mind!”
With Jeb now enjoying his mom’s support over his presidential ambitions, it would be interesting to watch how the turn of events works for the Republican leader in the United States which is gradually moving into the poll mode.