TO WHOOPS and applause, Jeb Bush ran on stage in a college gymnasium near Miami on Monday afternoon and with an assured, unadventurous speech announced that he is running for president. Two flickers of spontaneity intruded on the well-rehearsed performance by the former governor of Florida. They were among the most interesting moments of the day.
The first lasted only a second. Trimmer than before (he is said to be following the faddish, low-carb Paleo diet), tieless and in shirt-sleeves, Mr Bush arrived at the podium and took in the scene at Miami-Dade College, one of the country’s largest and most diverse places of higher education. To one side he could see his Mexican-born wife, Columba, his mother Barbara Bush (the wife and mother of former presidents, who had previously said that America had had enough Bushes in the White House, but has since changed her mind) and his children, including George P., who last year became the land commissioner of Texas, giving the family dynasty a fourth generation in elected office.
All around him sat an impressively large and varied audience. Indeed, the general public at the rally was more...Continue reading