Jeb Goes For a Walk
I came across this anecdote in the comment thread after reading Maureen Dowd’s take down on a Jeb candidacy, “Jeb Bush’s Brainless Trust”.
“….I’ll only tell you one little story that brought Jeb’s persona to the forefront for me in reality. One day when he was governor of Florida, I’m taking my sons to school one morning in Tallahassee. Now it was well-advertised that (when the weather allowed) Jeb made the 8-block walk from the Governor’s Mansion to the Capitol rather than take a car. As I turn east onto Tennessee Street from Bronough and head towards Leon High, a young man at the bottom of the hill at early rush-hour-busy Duval and Tennessee looks to step off the curb, even though the light is green. I pointed and said to my sons, “That guy is stepping out into traffic!” Which he then did, holding up his arm and stopping traffic both ways, green light be damned. Behind him steps off Jeb, papers under his arm, and calmly walks across the usually otherwise bustling highway, eyes straight ahead. More than a few of us honked at him, and not in a nice way, but he never noticed, nor cared. Told me all I ever needed to know about the man.”
Well, it might not quite be all we’ll ever need to know about the man, but it does seem to reveal a bit about his character.
I’m not usually a Dowd fan, but her op-ed reminds us of several other reasons Jeb would make a lousy president. Worth a read