Seriously, Jeb! What a question, coming from a bush...
Republican Convention, 1988:
"...And The Congress will push me to raise taxes and I'll say no. And they'll push, and I'll say no, and they'll push again, and all I can say to them is 'Read my lips: No new taxes.'"
-George H. W. Bush, 1988
A decade later:
Pastor Mark Craig started preaching about duty, about how Moses tried to resist God's call, and the sacrifice that leadership requires. And as they sat there, Barbara Bush leaned over to the son who has always been most like her and said, "He's talking to you, George."
"I never dreamt about being president... It hasn't been part of my life's game plan. All of a sudden, people start talking to me about the presidency..."
-George W. Bush, 1999
Five years later, November 2004: George ii is preparing for his second term as president. And little brother "Jeb!" dreams only of retirement for himself...
Bush reiterated that he was not going to run for the US Senate in 2006, had no designs on the 2008 presidential race and was getting tired of the question.
Asked whether he might change his mind, the exasperated governor responded, "No! Why am I not believable on this subject? This is driving me nuts."
"I'm not running for the United States Senate in 2006, and I'm not running for president in 2008."
-Jeb Bush, 2004
Fast forward to August 2005:
Seventeen months before he leaves office, Jeb Bush and some of his most loyal supporters are preparing a public relations offensive to promote the governor's record on reforming Florida's education system.
Bush allies last month quietly incorporated the Foundation for Florida's Future, a nonprofit group that will concentrate on touting Bush's record on schools. It's a relaunch of a public policy foundation that preceded his 1998 gubernatorial campaign, but this time is organized to be a potentially potent political advocacy group.
It is structured not just as a nonprofit organization, but as a so-called "527" organization that can raise unlimited donations to tout positions or attack a candidate or idea.
Mandy Fletcher, a former Bush-Cheney presidential campaign staffer, is the part-time executive director of the new foundation. She acknowledged that given the speculation about Gov. Bush's presidential aspirations, some people would see the foundation formally re-created in July as a vehicle to keep his profile high after leaving office.
"The governor was saying the other day it wouldn't be called the Foundation for Florida's Future if this was some sort of 'exploratory thing' for national office," she said.
-"Bush's allies promote legacy," St. Petersburg Times Online
Well, that settles it then... 'cause you can always trust a Bush.
Now here's something I can believe:
It's not whether you win or lose, it's whether you're a bush...
"You know, it doesn't matter. If he wins, it'll be great. If he doesn't, we still have a life."
-Laura Bush, June 1999
"I think the people want the president to be in a position to make good, crisp decisions and to stay healthy,'' he (the president) said when asked about bike riding while a grieving mom (Cindy Sheehan) wanted to speak with him.
"And part of my being is to be outside exercising. So I'm mindful of what goes on around me. On the other hand, I'm also mindful that I've got a life to live and will do so.''
-George W. Bush, August 2005
Now watch me while I flip this bike.