Jeb Bush talks Bush fatigue in the re-release of his mother's memoir

By Tierney McAfee
Updated May 26, 2015 05:25 PM
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Some would say that Bush fatigue is the biggest obstacle Jeb Bush faces in his likely 2016 presidential campaign.

And in a new foreword to mom Barbara Bush‘s memoir – which was re-released Tuesday with fresh material from her children in advance of her 90th birthday on June 8 – Jeb gets to the bottom of the phenomenon once and for all.

“Long before I ever considered entering politics, Mom taught us the importance of ‘staying on message,’ ” the former Florida governor writes in the re-release of Barbara Bush: A Memoir.

That meant that as a young mom, Barbara was apt to repeat her own advice many times over to her sometimes unruly children.

“Hearing her impart the same piece of wisdom repeatedly became the first known instance of a phenomenon today called ‘Bush fatigue,’ ” Jeb jokes in the foreword.

Even his own mother isn’t immune to Bush fatigue. In a 2014 interview with C-SPAN, the “Silver Fox,” as her children call her, famously said the country had had “enough Bushes” in the White House.

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But with her son gearing up for a likely presidential campaign, Barbara changed her tune in 2015, the Washington Post reports.

When her son referenced her C-SPAN interview during a speech at a gala dinner in February, Barbara appeared via video and said, “Jeb, it’s Mom. Listen, what do you mean, ‘too many Bushes?’

“I changed my mind!”