The Bush Power Family

By Sperling, Godfrey | The Christian Science Monitor, December 8, 1998 | Go to article overview

The Bush Power Family


Sperling, Godfrey, The Christian Science Monitor


The Big Story of the November election was the emergence of the Bush Power Family. Yes, much of it was already in place. George had been president; George W. was already a Texas governor. But with the election came the addition of Jeb as governor in Florida - plus what now has become the nearly certain prospect that George W. will run for president. With all that now on the horizon one can put together the possibility of two Bush presidents, father and then son.

Anyway, should that happen, this country would be treated to the first father and son presidents since John Adams and John Quincy Adams.

Yes, there are a lot of "ifs" there. But with Jeb at his side, his father and mother rooting for him, and an impressive record as governor, George W. is the clear favorite to win the GOP presidential nomination. And who can say that this formidable Bush team couldn't beat Al Gore - or whoever the Democratic opponent would be - in the final run for the White House? A fantasy scenario, you say? Well, what about a former president having a son who is governor of the second largest electoral-vote state and another son the governor of the fourth largest electoral-vote state? Who would have ever thought that could happen? Indeed, someone could even dare to say the Bushes might sometime be able to say that they have accomplished more politically than the Kennedys who had a president and two senators - but not two presidents. But, no, the Kennedys, with the assassinations and Camelot, will remain in a category all their own. I was in on the very beginning of what could become something that looks like a Bush political dynasty. I was visiting a World War II buddy of mine in Houston back in the early 1960s, and just before I left he said he'd like me to meet "someone who is going places in politics" who lived just down the street. My friend made a phone call and shortly thereafter I was knocking on the door of a youngish George Bush, who greeted me warmly as he ushered me into the living room of his unpretentious home. …

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