Barbara Bush: I hope Jeb doesn’t run

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There’s no question that Jeb Bush is the most qualified candidate for president in 2016, Barbara Bush tells C-Span in an interview that was just released as part of the channel’s first lady series.

With Chris Christie confronted with questions about Bridge-gate/Bridge-ghazi, there has been much speculation of late about how the scandal may clear the way for the former governor of Florida to enter the race for the White House.

His mother’s endorsement, however, comes with a caveat. Continue reading

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Sick presidents: Constitutional crises narrowly averted, website says

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Washington had recurrent bouts of malaria. A migrating bullet caused Andrew Jackson so much discomfort, it was finally removed without anesthesia. Teddy Roosevelt had such bad myopia, he didn’t recognize his own kids without his glasses. Reagan had chronic hay fever.

No matter how common or rare the presidential malady, you’ll find it compiled on Dr. Zebra’s website. Doctor who? A self-proclaimed doctor (real name unknown) who has chronicled “the heavy burden of disease that has afflicted our presidents” because “the problem of presidential illness needs wider discussion.” Continue reading

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George H.W. Bush tweets

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@GeorgeHWBush

George H.W. Bush, who was not well enough to join the Presidents Club (Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter) at the memorial in South Africa on Tuesday for Nelson Mandela, instead joined Twitter to offer his condolences.

As of Tuesday evening, @GeorgeHWBush already had more than 34,000 followers.

The 89-year-old is a conservative when it comes to following others on Twitter. He’s sticking to family: his sons Neil and Jeb and daughter-in-law Laura.

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