Barbara Bush on Jeb run: ‘We’ve had enough Bushes’

Updated 25 April 2013
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Barbara Bush on Jeb run: ‘We’ve had enough Bushes’

WASHINGTON: Amid the celebration surrounding the opening of son George W. Bush’s presidential library, former first lady Barbara Bush is brushing aside talk of a Jeb Bush run for the White House.
Appearing in an interview Thursday on NBC’s “Today” show, Mrs. Bush was asked how she felt about Jeb, the former governor of Florida, seeking the presidency in 2016.
Mrs. Bush replied, quote, “We’ve had enough Bushes.”
She went on to say she thought there were many worthy candidates, telling anchor Matt Lauer, “There are people out there” who are qualified. Mrs. Bush, who had a reputation for bluntness when her husband George H.W. Bush was president, spoke from the site of the presidential library. On Wednesday, George W. Bush told CNN he thought Jeb Bush should run for president.


Trump welcomes Macron at White House

Updated 2 min 9 sec ago
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Trump welcomes Macron at White House

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump welcomed French President Emmanuel Macron to the White House in a formal arrival ceremony.
The president and first lady greeted Macron and his wife, Brigitte Macron, on a rolled-out red carpet on the South Lawn.
The arrival was heavy on pomp, with nearly 500 US service-members from all five military branches participating in the ceremonial welcome, which included a “Review of the Troops.”
Vice President Mike Pence and several members of Trump’s Cabinet, lawmakers, and military families were in attendance. The audience included students from the Maya Angelou French Immersion School in Temple Hills, Maryland.
The two leaders are spending the morning in meetings and then will hold a joint news conference. On Tuesday night, Macron will be feted at Trump’s first state dinner.
The pageantry of Macron’s official state visit, the first of the Trump presidency, comes Tuesday night with a lavish state dinner at the White House. About 150 guests are expected to dine on rack of lamb and nectarine tart and enjoy an after-dinner performance by the Washington National Opera.
Monday night was more relaxed, featuring a helicopter tour of Washington landmarks and a trip to the Potomac River home of George Washington for dinner.
Pomp and ceremony aside, Trump and Macron disagree on some fundamental issues. A prime dividing point is the multinational Iran nuclear deal, which Trump wants to abandon.