Monday even, Republican candidate for President, former Governor Jeb Bush brought the family to South Carolina to try and woo voters before the primary on February 20th. President George W. Bush and his wife Laura attended campaign rallies for the former governor. President Bush spoke about his brother’s experience as a governor has prepared him to be the President of the United States. The President said of his brother that he has “the experience and character to be president” and pointedly noted the former Florida governor’s humility, which is in contrast to other candidates without naming names, Donald Trump.
There is a gamble having President Bush campaign for his brother as when the President left office his polls showed he was one of the most disliked President in recent history. But this is South Carolina and the Bush family is still very popular. President Bush amped up the rally by speaking about what makes a good President and he said, ““If being president of the United States makes me part of the establishment, well I proudly carry that label,” he proclaimed. Bush then went on to cite “something my good dad told me: ‘labels are for soup cans’”.
The former President continued in his praise for his brother by saying, “We don’t need someone in the Oval Office who mirrors and inflames our anger and frustration. We need someone who can fix the problems that cause our anger and frustration and that’s Jeb Bush.” As Governor Bush took the stage he tried to convey a positive message, ““nothing will stop us, we are extraordinary and exceptional … we just have to fix a few big complex things.”
Meanwhile, Donald Trump, the front runner for the Republican candidates for President, spoke at a news conference about the Bush’s and specifically the Presidency of George W. Bush. “I’ve heard for years he kept the country safe after 9/11,” Trump said. “What does that mean, after? What about during 9/11? I was there. I lost a lot of friends that were killed in that building. The worst attack on this country, it was during his presidency.” Trump continued saying the US “shouldn’t have been” in Iraq and “shouldn’t have gotten out the way we got out.”
In a separate but interesting side note to the Bush-Trump rivalry, it was learned today that the website Jebbush.com is not being directed Bush but to the Donald Trump campaign website. The Trump campaign denies any involvement but that is not to say an enterprising supporter of Trump from finding out the internet domain had not been bought up by the Bush campaign so it was free game to whomever would own it. Once again the campaign of Donald Trump seems unstoppable.