Jeb Bush’s Foreign-Policy Speech: Republican Presidential Contender Tries to Distance Himself From Brother George W. Bush

Jeb has a problem.. beyond the name in itself..
He might at some point have to take a stand on his brother’s legacy.. which should mean rejecting parts of it.. if not the legacy will probably stick to him as a silent consent..
And he’ll be attacked by opponents..

When people say that Jeb Bush has a name problem, they often mean that he has a foreign-policy problem—his association with his older brother’s much-maligned stewardship of global affairs.

On Wednesday afternoon, he made his first move in trying to solve that problem. Speaking at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Bush asked to be judged on his own merits. “I love my brother, I love my dad … and I admire their service to the nation and the difficult decisions they had to make,” he said. “But I’m my own man, and my views are shaped by my own thinking and my own principles.”

If Jeb Bush isn’t George W. Bush, however, it’s tough to tell who he is.
His speech was a mix of obligatory platitudes about leadership, general statements of principles, and a stinging critique of the Obama administration—all the more stinging because it was delivered in Chicago, Obama’s home. But it was notably short on specifics. That’s understandable at this stage, before Bush has even officially announced he’s running, but it doesn’t help solve his problem.


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