Imagine you're considered to be a top contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.
Now imagine your own mother is telling the world she really doesn't think you should run.
That's exactly what just happened to Jeb Bush. In a Today show interview Thursday, Barbara Bush said that although she believes Jeb is the most qualified candidate, "We've had enough Bushes."
Do you agree with her?
Mrs. Bush's statement seemed to surprise her daughter-in-law Laura Bush and granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager, who were also sitting in on the interview, which took place before the dedication of George W. Bush’s presidential library.
When asked if she'd told Jeb of her feelings, Jenna jumped in and said, "Well, now! Surprise!"
Jeb Bush responded to his mother's comments in a brief email. His words: "Priceless indeed."
Somehow, I'm imagining him saying that with a grimace.
I suppose Barbara Bush is old enough now to speak her mind and not worry about the consequences, but I'd be a little ticked if I were Jeb -- after all, we like to imagine our moms are our number one supporters, no matter what.
If Jeb wants to run in 2016, though, he'll have to rely on his brother, George W. Bush for support. "Well, big Jeb, you know, he's got a decision to make," he told CNN's John King this week. "And if I could make it for him, it'd be, 'run,' but I can't."
Uh oh. I'm envisioning a bit of a family feud now at the next Bush reunion ...
So what do you think? Would you like to see Jeb Bush run in 2016? Or do you, like Barbara Bush, believe that we've had enough Bushes?
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