“There are other people out there that are very qualified and we’ve had enough Bushes,” she told NBC’s Matt Lauer. Jeb Bush has not said if he will seek the presidency.
“He’ll get half of our friends and all of our enemies,” she added, referring to the possibility of family baggage getting in the way of a successful 2016 presidential candidacy.I really don't believe that the problem with Jeb Bush running for president could be better stated. And it might not sound like the sort of thing that a mother says regarding her child (although she did point out that she believed him to be the most qualified) or her family name, but then again, she's not ever been a person who had trouble saying what was on her mind. And also, it's true not just politically, but it made me wonder what it is like to be the mother of a president--especially one like 43. I don't know that being First Lady could even prepare one for it. And given the eight years of her first son's presidency, and the saddening crash of the first waves of the judgement of history regarding him, I could easily understand not wanting to see another son take office. Perhaps she has seen enough Bush men in that office, and worries on a very personal level what running, win or lose, would mean to her son.
I'm not sure she meant it in the latter sense, and possibly she was just referring to the idea of "Bush fatigue". But momentarily, I did feel a little sympathy.