Last year, former First Lady Barbara Bush made headlines when she claimed that America “had enough Bushes” in response to a question about her son, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, running for president in 2016. According to a recent poll by NBC News/Wall Street Journal, 69% of Americans agree with Barbara Bush’s comment. The dynasty issue is heavily talked about as a major dilemma for two potential candidates in 2016: Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush. Bush would be the third Bush in three decades if he were to win. If either Clinton or Bush were to win, it would mean the presidency was occupied by a Bush or a Clinton for 24 of the past 30 years.
Barbara Bush made national headlines last year when she said on NBC that her son Jeb shouldn’t run for president in 2016 because “there are a lot of great families. It’s not just four families, or whatever. There are other people out there that are very qualified. We’ve had enough Bushes.”
And in an interview earlier this year on C-SPAN, the former first lady added that “I think this is a great American country, and if we can’t find more than two or three families to run for high office, that’s silly.”
A new national poll indicates that most Americans agree with Bush, the wife of former President George H.W. Bush.
Sixty-nine percent of people questioned in a NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Wednesday said they agree, with a quarter saying they don’t agree with her statements.
With both former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton seriously considering bids for the White House in 2016, the discussion of political dynasties is alive and well. If Bush ran and won in 2016, he would be the third Bush in the White House over the past three decades, following his father (1989-1993) and his brother George W. Bush (2001-2009).
If Clinton ran and won the next election, she would be the second President Clinton in the White House in the past two decades, following her husband Bill Clinton (1993-2001).
While Barbara Bush doesn’t want Jeb to follow in her husband and son George’s footsteps, it’s not because she doesn’t think he’s up to the task.
“He’s by far the best qualified man, but no, I really don’t” want to see him run, she has said.