In a recent speech, George W. Bush addressed the elephant in the room when it comes to Jeb's potential 2016 campaign: himself.
“It’s an easy line to say, ‘Haven’t we had enough Bushes?’ After all, even my mother said, ‘Yes,’” Bush told a crowd of IT workers in Chicago on Wednesday. “That’s why you won’t see me out there, and he doesn’t need to defend me, and he’s totally different from me. The role of family is not to be a political adviser or a policy adviser — there are plenty of those around — the role is to say, ‘Hey man, I love you.'”
The former Florida governor has often been compared to his former President brother, though he’s made attempts to distance himself from his family name as he prepares for an official campaign announcement.
“I love my father and my brother ... but I am my own man,” Jeb said in a speech in February. “Do you have brothers and sisters? Are you exactly the same?”
Former President Bush said during his speech that he did give his brother a bit of advice and guidance on the presidency.
“The president needs people around him who are there to say they want to help. Imagine if instead Laura had been saying to me, ‘What the hell did you get us into this for?’ You’re living in a museum. It’s cold. It’s not your furniture. It’s Jefferson’s furniture,” he said. “My two girls had no desire to see me run for office. Their response was, ‘You’re not as good as you think you are; you’re going to lose.’ And when that didn’t work, ‘You’re going to ruin our life.’
“So I said to Jeb, ‘Hang in there; you can do the job. Will you win? I hope so but I don’t know,'" Bush continued. "But if he does he’d be a damn good president I’ll tell you that.
“It’s going to be a hard test for everyone, but it should be," Bush said of the campaign trail. "You want to see these candidates under pressure, see them fail and succeed so you have a better idea how they’ll handle the pressures of the job. Jeb has actually run something, called a state. That’s a skill that comes in handy where you’re in charge of a very complex multifaceted organization.”