For years, Republicans in certain circles have been salivating over the possibility of a Jeb Bush presidential campaign, except for one notable exception: Jeb's own mother, Barbara Bush.
America's favorite blunt Republican matriarch has spent the better part of the past two years saying there's already been enough Bushes in the White House, much to Jebber's chagrin. Well, over the weekend, she finally retracted those statements and is now fully behind having a second son as leader of the free world.
The Barbara Bush shade began in 2013 on the Today show.
"I think it's a great country. There are a lot of great families, and it's not just four families or whatever," she said in an interview ostensibly to promote the opening of George W. Bush's library. "There are other people out there that are very qualified, and we've had enough Bushes."
She added that she thought Jeb might be the most qualified, but at the time she didn't think he'd run anyway.
She continued that train of thought six months later in a C-SPAN interview.
"There are a lot of ways to serve, and being president is not the only one," she said. "I would hope that someone else would run, although there is no question in my mind that Jeb is the best-qualified person to run for president."
"But I hope he won't," she added, "because I think he'll get all of my enemies, all his brothers'... and there are other families."
Jeb took the remarks in stride.
What date is Mother's Day this year? Asking for a friend.
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) January 17, 2014
Over the weekend at an appearance in Bonita Springs, the Jeb noncampaign had his mother Skype into the event as a surprise.
"Jeb, it's Mom," she said. "Listen, what do you mean 'too many Bushes'?... I changed my mind."
We guess Barbara will get an extra-special Mother's Day delivery this year.
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