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Obama Jokes About the Bushes

President gives a friendly introduction of the former Florida governor.

President Obama tells a gentle joke about former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (right) and his family during a visit to Miami Central Senior High School.(Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

March 4, 2011

President Obama on Friday thanked Jeb Bush, the former Republican governor of Florida, for being willing to join a Democratic president to boost education reform. In doing so during a presidential visit to Miami, Obama also noted that Bush’s brother has done well.

But it wasn’t the brother the audience expected.

“Aside from being a former governor of this great state, Jeb, of course, is best known as being the brother of [slight pause] Marvin Bush.” The audience, which had expected Obama to mention former President George W. Bush, laughed.

 

Obama added, “Apparently the rest of the family also did some work back in Washington back in the day.” And he praised the whole Bush clan, saying it “exemplifies public service.” It's not the first time that a Democratic president who has taken shots at the Bushes has grown close to them. Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush engaged in so many charitable activities together that the elder Bush said that the Arkansan was another son. 

 

 

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