Friday, December 19, 2014

Put Cheney Out to Pasture and Save a Spot for John Ellis Bush (JEB)

An Average Poker Hand: 3-of a Kind
(Or a simple man caught in the middle hiding in the bushes)

It seems that the latest Bush to test the waters for a White House run, Jeb Bush, is really little or no different from the other two who occupied that office. Thank goodness for media archives about the man.

With this post and perhaps others, we must all prepare to see whether his “team” starts tap dancing in the process – something I am sure would shame Fred Astaire.

First, some background:

Jeb Bush left public office as the Gov of FL (after two terms: 1998-2007) with a net worth of $1.3 million, but he also had an unapologetic determination to expand his wealth, telling friends “that his finances had suffered during his time in government.” (poor Jeb, but I digress).

His efforts since leaving that office have been to capitalize on his resume (* and family name natch) and their reputation (I guess). All that has thrust him into situations that may prove challenging to explain should his “exploratory campaign” to get the Republican nod proves successful.

Sample from records and past interviews show, for example, that Mr. Bush participated in the fevered, last-ditch efforts to prop up Lehman Brothers, a big Wall Street bank weighed down by toxic mortgage-backed securities that nearly brought down the entire financial sector. 

As a paid adviser to that company in the summer of 2008, he also met with Carlos Slim HelĂș, the Mexican billionaire (and richest man in the world), as Lehman sought to persuade Mr. Slim to make a sizable investment in the firm (email records).

The above and some more is here >>> from the NY Times (April 2014). Continue there and keep this question in mind: Is Jeb Bush ready for prime time or simply a repeat of the past and the same old, same old political crap we have grown to look at with total disdain?  

The answer to that question I think, is self-evident. There will be a heck of lot more in the coming months about his effort. Stay tuned and thanks for stopping by.

No comments: