Former First Lady Barbara Bush hit the road to campaign for son Jeb’s presidential run in Derry, N.H. according to ABC News on Friday. This was the first time in nearly a decade that Mrs. Bush has appeared on the campaign trail. As the matriarch of the Bush family, Barbara Bush is in a formidable position to attract large audiences and campaign for her son’s ailing presidential run.
Mrs. Bush’s appearance was at MaryAnn’s Diner where she spoke with restaurant patrons and compared notes about raising children. Mrs. Bush responded to one mother’s claim that her children were “easy.” Mrs. Bush told the mother that her children “occasionally fought.” She then clarified that she did not mean that her children “argued.” She meant that they “literally fought.”
Mrs. Bush did not stop there, however. She expressed some of her frustrations with her husband, Former President George W. Bush. She stated: “He may not agree with me but he will not argue – it’s very frustrating.”
Speaking of Donald Trump on “CBS This Morning,” Barbara Bush stated that she was not going to get into an argument with the former GOP front-runner and jokingly added: “He can spit further than I can.” She then asked how anybody could vote for a candidate such as Trump who berates women. She also referenced Trump’s treatment of FOX journalist Megyn Kelley, adding, “We all knew what he meant too.” Once again referring to Trump’s proficiency at spitting far, the former First Lady warned: “Don’t you get in his firing line.”
Jeb Bush delivered an attack on GOP frontrunner Donald Trump who had posted a tweet that he had moved his event to New Hampshire because of a “big storm in New Hampshire.” Bush was quick to point out in his own tweet that his “90 year old mother had made it out to campaign” and that she had met a five year-old girl named Destiny.
Jeb Bush, who initially was the favored “status quo” GOP candidate when he first announced his candidacy, has been trailing way behind the three leading GOP candidates: Cruz, Trump and Rubio. Despite having raised over $30 million and posted numerous television and radio ads both in Iowa and New Hampshire, Bush has been unable to resonate with voters. Like a disgruntled school boy who is struggling to be accepted by his peers, Bush has called upon his mother to hit the campaign trail for him and bestow his virtues.
How this effort resonates with voters when stacked up against Trump’s call for immigrants to be deported remains to be seen. And then of course, there’s that other candidate from Canada. That discussion is for another day!